Reflecting on a year gone by is often, at least to some extent, an exercise in revisionist history. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing; many of the differences between our memories and experiences are minor and inconsequential. In some cases, the variations in these realities can help us persevere and move out of the past and into future endeavors. But as investors, revising the memories of the past can be problematic and potentially hinder future success. Behavioral finance is the study of ... [Continue Reading]
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Tax planning shouldn’t just happen in the last quarter of each year. In the video Tax-loss Harvesting: A year-round Tax-planning Strategy, CCM Chief Investment Officer Adam Hoffmann, CFP®, AIF®, discusses how CCM leverages tax-loss harvesting—selling securities at a loss—to improve clients’ total financial plans. Capturing losses provides flexibility to our tax and investment teams such that they can reduce the tax impact of future rebalancing activities, or lessen clients' overall tax ... [Continue Reading]
For investors who recall the experience of 1999, it was either a fantastic year or a difficult one, depending on the types of stocks in their portfolio. Investors who concentrated their portfolio among growth companies, which earned little or no profits, remember 1999 as a fantastic year, delivering a return of 41%. Investors with the opposite philosophy, such as Warren Buffett, chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, did not fare as well. Their focus on value companies with large profits lost ... [Continue Reading]
As the chart below shows, 2020’s second-quarter rise in equity market performance was as dramatic as the previous quarter’s decline. With plenty of bumps along the way, the S&P 500 is now up more than 40% from the bottom on March 23. 1 If we view these recent extreme market events as isolated time periods, we can see the sharp contrast between the first two quarters of 2020 (Chart 1, below). These quarters were truly “tail events.” Q1 produced the fifth worst return, and Q2 ... [Continue Reading]
Carl Richards is a fellow financial planner whose notoriously creative napkin sketch drawings help simplify complex personal finance concepts. Richards, also known as "the sketch guy," has been penning columns for the New York Times for a decade, and is the author of two books, The Behavior Gap and The One-Page Financial Plan. In Your 5-Step Guide to Navigating a Scary Stock Market, Richards provides useful and timely advice for us all by highlighting a number of key sketches. He does a ... [Continue Reading]