Personal Finance

Wealth management isn’t just for the wealthy

With over nineteen years in the wealth management industry, I have noticed that most of the clients I help do not consider themselves wealthy, yet their net worth is above the average in the US. This makes me think that people do not consider using a financial advisor because they do not consider themselves wealthy. The word wealth has many definitions related to abundance and riches, but the origin of the word translates as well-being and prosperity. We define wealth management as making the most […]
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Will there be a recession in the next year?

If you’ve watched or listened to the news recently, you may believe a recession is inevitable in the next 12 months. Between the escalating trade war with China and slowing global growth, rumors of a recession are everywhere. Although the recent 2 year/10 year yield curve inversions have spooked the markets, Vanguard doesn’t expect a recession in the next 12 months. According to Vanguard’s recent market prospective, all signs point to central banks lowering interest rates again in 2019, with the magnitude dependent on the […]
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Avoid Short-Term Market Jitters

Avoiding short-term market jitters is important when managing your portfolio.  Vanguard released a simple chart recently showing how exiting the market in December 2018 would have affected the value of your portfolio. A hypothetical 60% stock/40% bond portfolio valued at $1 million on November 1, 2018, would have lost almost $57,000 by Christmas Eve. Then the investor is faced with the challenge of determining when to invest back into the market. It is important to remember that investing in the market is always a risk, […]
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Dollar Cost Average or Lump Sum Investing – Here’s our Take

Do you dream about the day you win the lottery or inherit a large sum of cash from a long lost relative you didn’t know you had?  Or, are you planning to contribute to your child’s college 529 plan and ask yourself, should I contribute a lump sum today or contribute monthly to the plan?  Although we’ve never had a client win the lottery, we do have clients that have inherited or have a larger sum of money they want to invest. At this point, […]
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Say No! to the Annuity Salesperson

Indexed Annuities are a Bad Deal I found a website the other day that promises to teach you about indexed annuities in seven free lessons on “strategies the rich use to buy indexed annuities.”  (Notice they don’t say “benefit”.)  The lessons cover the basics of fixed indexed annuities, so-called safety nets, strategies and concepts, planning tools, and a demo on how to choose the right mix of annuities. The lessons aren’t openly available – you have to register with your name, phone number, email, age, […]
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Don’t Let Short Sightedness Hurt Your Portfolio

Investors focus on short-term market performance despite saying they are long-term investors.  Don’t let short sightedness hurt your portfolio. While downturns seem terrible, in the long-term, it is just a blip. Avoid the emotional decision to make changes in correcting markets, focus instead on your financial goals. December of 2018 brought extreme market volatility to any portfolio holding equities. This volatility brings many interesting conversations. Many start with, “if I had known this was happening, I would have sold and bought back later” or “I […]
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Equifax Breach – What you need to do

How to protect yourself after a breach. As you may already know, personal information for over 143 million Americans was exposed with the recent Equifax data breach. We have listed out the next steps you should take to protect your identity. First step: Visit www.equifaxsecurity2017.com to determine if your information has been compromised. Click on the Potential Impact button. Enter your last name and the last 6 digits of your social security number. It will then tell you whether your information was impacted in the breach or not. […]
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Get Inspired by These 3 Effective TED Talks

The most esteemed TED Talks are the ones that surprise and delight while delivering keen insight. Some of the best and brightest minds can radically change the way we think about and understand our world through personal confessions or by connecting seemingly disparate thoughts. This is especially true for the following 3 business-related TED talks that we found. The Science of Body Language Social psychologist Amy Cuddy delivered a 2012 talk entitled “Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are,” which has now received more than […]
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3 Business Books Worth Reading

What do some of the most successful people throughout history have in common? They never stop learning. By discovering how some of the business world’s most accomplished individuals achieved greatness, you’re sure to find valuable lessons, perspective and inspiration. For the Entrepreneur Entrepreneurs are a breed of their own, and perhaps the boldest and most enterprising entrepreneur today is Elon Musk. Musk’s singular vision of a more accessible and ecological era of exploration has driven him to blaze an impressive trail that’s captivated both the […]
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Social Security Planning Update – A Loophole is Closed

During the financial planning process here at Wiser, we use planning software to determine the best strategy to take Social Security benefits. Social Security can be applied for and received in many different ways. A lot of clients assume that they should take it as soon as possible, but for many this option could hurt them in the long run. Assuming you did planning, a common way to take Social Security for a couple was called file and suspend. The file and suspend method worked […]
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