Is Estate Planning Dead?” voices a question some have asked in light of reports that before the election, the incoming president-elect was considering ending what he referred to as the “death tax.” Just as we discussed in “Think Before Changing Investments Because of an Election,” you need to think about abandoning sound financial practices based on what you hear about politics. Changes that may affect your financial planning are on the horizon but you don’t know just what will change. If you move money or alter your estate planning in anticipation of a law changing, you may …Read More
Distracted. That’s one adjective we’ve all used to describe one another in America today. Technology has made it easier than ever to put information right at our fingertips. This created access to an unlimited amount of information, but also a certain amount of confusion. Tech breakthroughs claiming to solve your latest road block seem to happen daily, and marketers are doing everything they can for just five seconds of our attention. With all of this unlimited information competing for our attention, many people have not taken the time to learn the basics of successfully managing their financial life.
This is …Read More
For most investors, the return of the S&P 500 Index is considered the return of “the stock market.” The S&P 500 index was up 11.96% for the year. But it is best not to think of the return of the S&P 500 as equivalent to the return of stocks. The S&P 500 represents Large-Cap US stocks which is just one half of one asset class. In recent years, the S&P 500 has appreciated more than other stock categories. In other years, the S&P 500 has underperformed those same stock categories.
This year, the S&P 500 underperformed Mid-Cap Value and Small-Cap …Read More