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]
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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]
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed into law on March 27, 2020. It offers relief for individuals, businesses, and state and local governments facing financial pressures as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. With the reach and the complexity of the CARES Act, there are numerous different planning opportunities we’ve explored for the benefit of our clients since this Act was put into place in late March. To demonstrate how our team is proactively applying the ... [Continue Reading]
For nearly 20 years, I’ve had the privilege of working with clients to create financial plans that are designed to help them achieve their life goals. In this time, I have found that experience is the greatest teacher. I have learned so much by going through multiple market cycles and working with a wide variety of individuals and families, each with their unique set of circumstances. Periods marked by significant market volatility and economic uncertainty, most especially the Global Financial ... [Continue Reading]