you can prepare for the next down market by having a well-planned portfolio in place today – one you can stick with through thick and thin. Neither too “hot” nor too “cold,” your portfolio should be just right for you. It should reflect your financial goals. It should be structured to capture an appropriate measure of expected returns during good times, and allow you to effectively manage your personal fears throughout.
Young or old, wealthy or poor, online or in person … Nobody is immune from financial scams and identity theft slams. No matter who you are or how well-informed you may be, the bad guys are out there, daily devising new tricks for every fraud we fix. We recommend approaching your personal security the same way you approach investing: Instead of feeling you must immediately chase every defensive action out there, start with a plan.
Uncertainty is an inherent and ever-present part of investing in markets. When markets go up and down, however, many investors struggle to separate their emotions from their investments. This Issue Brief explores these sentiments and what it means to be a long-term investor.
The team at Sensenig Capital is very pleased to announce the addition of Kurt W. Angstadt, CFP® to our staff of advisors. Kurt brings years of depth and experience to SCA, particularly related to wealth management and company retirement plans. We would welcome you to click through and read more about Kurt’s experience and interests.
Market indexes. You read about them all the time, such as when the Dow Jones Industrial Average (the Dow) topped 20,000 points in early 2017 … and then broke 21,000 just over a month later. In our last piece, we explored what those points actually measure, which isn’t always what you might guess. Today, we’ll take a closer look at the mechanics of indexing, to gain a better understanding of why they do, what they do.
As we covered in our last piece, indexes have their uses. If you’ve got an investment strategy that’s designed to capture that market, you can see how your strategy is doing in comparison … again, roughly. You can also invest in an index fund that tracks an index that tracks that market. This may help explain why everyone seems to be forever watching, analyzing and talking about the most popular indexes and their every move. But you may still have questions about what they are and how they really work.
A Power of Attorney is a legal document by which you give someone else the legal capacity to do things for you, in your name, as if you were doing them yourself. every adult should designate an agent and execute a Power of Attorney. Disease, dementia, stroke or anything else can cause you to become incapacitated and unable to take care of your financial and other matters. Life is never certain but designating an agent is.
Since nearly every media outlet on the planet reported the news, you probably already know that the Dow Jones Industrial Average topped 20,000 for the first time on January 25, 2017. But when a popular index like the Dow is on a tear, up or down, what does it really mean to you and your investments?
By themselves, new all-time highs in equity markets have historically not been useful predictors of future returns. While positive realized returns are never guaranteed, equity investments have positive expected returns regardless of index levels or prior short-term market returns.
In the recent period following the US presidential election, US small company stocks experienced higher returns than US large company stocks. This column looks at these returns relative the historical small cap premium and discusses the importance maintaining constant exposure to the dimensions of higher expected returns.