Through the years, we have seen many market downturns. From the bear market of 1987 to the economic crisis of 2008-2009, each one has brought its own fears and concerns. In the same way, many investors have concerns about what’s taking place in the market today. In today’s blog, I’d like to take a look at the current downturn and how it compares to those we’ve seen in the past. Follow along as I explore the market downturn and whether this time is different.
If you enjoy roller coasters, then perhaps you’ve enjoyed the last twelve months of the stock market. On the other hand, if you’re like many others, then watching the seesaw of events affect your portfolio could be causing you some sleepless nights. With the 2018 Christmas Eve drop and the after Christmas rebound of the market, now may be a great time to check your risk tolerance. Read more
If retiring early is a goal you hope to achieve, you are not alone. The FIRE (financial independence/retire early) movement is growing at a rapid pace; and why not with markets hitting all-time highs? However, have you really examined whether retiring at or near the peak of a bull market is the wisest decision? What will it mean for your portfolio if the market crashes? Maybe not as much as you would think with some expert planning. Read more
Gambling on purchasing a new washer when you see the latest price drop may make you a winner when it comes to saving money on a new appliance. However, when it comes to investing, that strategy, active trading or day trading, may not be your best option for winning. Some financial advisors can give a great sales pitch on why you should buy and sell securities for short periods of time. Basically, you are buying and selling stocks on a regular basis. The goal is to take advantage of short-term movements in price on investments that are in higher demand. More often than not though, active trading and the perils surrounding it will not increase your bottom line. Read more