Insights & Observations Blog

Insights & Observations

Context and perspective to improve behavioral  finance patterns and  make smarter financial decisions. A focus above the fray, on what matters most for effective financial outcomes and goal achievement.

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    Action steps to reduce the risk of identify theft

    The Equifax data breach increases the risk of identity theft for 145 million Americans. Consider and take these action steps to help protect yourself.

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    Live long and prosper

    You may be able to spend more in the early years of retirement than you thought. Retirement spending strategies have always been an important part of smart planning; incorporating new research about longevity and spending patterns of retirees leads to even wiser decisions.

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    But why a Bun?

    Years ago, a fast food chain ran a catchy ad campaign featuring a focus group of meat and cheese lovers.  In the commercial, the presenter describes the companies new burger, and one of the test subjects responds “I like the meat and cheese part, but why a bun?” As investors, if we consider domestic stocks to be […]

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    Q1-2017 Quarterly Context Webinar

    What led to the positive returns in Q1? Should you expect an increase in market volatility? How much value does regular rebalancing add? View the Q1 Quarterly Context webinar recording for more insight.

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    Are you on the right financial path?

    After an 8-year bull market and new political uncertainty, should you be more concerned about volatility risk?

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    Q4-2016 Quarterly Context Webinar

    What’s riskier… gambling or investing? Do political parties or the Fed have a bigger impact on markets? View the webinar recording for more insight.

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    Periodic Table of Unpredictable Returns

    Are there clear patterns of investment market returns over time? How does a “balanced” global portfolio compare to individual asset classes over the last 20 years?

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    Markets do fine over time… but many investors don’t

    As the year turns, investors are bombarded with predictions about what 2017 may hold. Soothsayers will suggest strategies to avoid the next crisis or how not to miss the next great opportunity.

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    Q4-2016 Market Review

    The new US president is inheriting one of the strongest economies that has been handed to a new President in recent history (based on 3Q GDP). Since the 1970’s, only George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter assumed the office with higher GDP growth rates.

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    What do updated annual savings limits mean for planning?

    The IRS recently released the indexed dollar limits for qualified retirement plans for 2017. The amounts remain largely unchanged,

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