Conventional wisdom tells us that as we age, our investment portfolio should become more conservative. Once we reach retirement we want to start reducing the volatility in our portfolio, so we add more stable bonds into the portfolio and we start to remove a portion of stocks. As we age further, we may want an even more stable portfolio of investments, so we add even more bonds into the mix. However, 'conventional wisdom' doesn’t apply to every situation and every family. When we meet with ... [Continue Reading]
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At varying ages and stages in life, people experience the impact of inflation at different rates. These varying rates of inflation and their subsequent expenses have a direct impact on the income needed from an investment portfolio. They must be accounted for within a holistic wealth management plan to ensure a successful outcome. The phenomena of experiencing the impact of inflation rates at varying stages of life is primarily observed through lifestyle expenses. For example, the inflation ... [Continue Reading]
On the journey to a successful retirement we know that small habits can add up over time. Every dollar saved and invested has a chance to grow, and the earlier we save the more growth potential that dollar has. Since we know this is true, savvy savers look for ways to invest a few more dollars and get that process started sooner, rather than later. This can lead to activities such as clipping coupons, keeping the thermostat set to a more reasonable temperature, or bringing a sack lunch to work ... [Continue Reading]
The Great Chicago Fire of 1871 burned for three days and killed nearly 300 people. In the aftermath of the destruction, blame was placed on a cow owned by local resident Catherine O’Leary. The cow kicked over a lantern, the story goes, which started the fire and burned roughly three square miles of the city. This tale continues to be told today, despite the fact that it just isn’t true. The story was invented by a journalist who simply wanted attention, and in the anti-Irish community of Chicago ... [Continue Reading]
Jane Brody recently wrote this piece, Thriving at Age 70 and Beyond, for the New York Times that we found interesting, insightful as well as inspiring. Inspired by the book, "70 Candles! Women Thriving in their 8th Decade," Brody highlights the leading questions and topics facing women, in particular, as they age. Brody's insights as to the way the first generation in which huge numbers of women who have had careers, have approached retirement, is thought-provoking. CCM advisors place a great ... [Continue Reading]