In early 2000 I knew I wanted to be a financial planner. It merged two of my favorite loves: working with people and math. (I loved math so much that I took classes over the summer of my teenage years so I could finish Calculus in my sophomore year of high school. I know, I know…youth is wasted on the young.) The problem was that my university did not offer a degree in financial planning, so I was on myRead More
I earned my undergraduate degree in the late 1990s, a time that was truly fascinating to be taking classes in Investments. Alan Greenspan’s ominous warning of “irrational exuberance” was already fading to distant memory, and I remember one of my professors teaching us about the “New Economy” and openly questioning – in all seriousness – whether the United States would ever have another recession. The thesis was that the Federal Reserve may have become so good at feathering the monetaryRead More
There’s no question that we experience emotional pain and anxiety when our portfolios are losing money due to market downturns. Behavioral scientists tell us that we feel losses twice as keenly as positive returns.
But that doesn’t tell us what we really want to know, which is: other than selling at the wrong time and locking in losses, how do we make these downturns less painful?
Economist Richard Thaler conducted a stock market experiment that offersRead More
When the markets decline, it’s natural to want to sell equities. It’s hard to watch your account values go down and listen to your advisor telling you to be patient. Although selling equities when they are down is a bad decision, there are things you can do to make the most of a downturn. A Roth conversion is one possible way to take advantage of declining markets.
A Roth IRA is a retirement savings vehicle that grows tax-free. Withdrawals are alsoRead More
We have never seen instability like this before; the market is going to crash! When the Housing Bubble burst in late 2007, I was just about to get my driver’s license (some might argue that’s just as scary). When the Dotcom Bubble popped in 2000, I had just mastered multiplication and division tables. For the crash prior to that, Black Monday on October 19, 1987, my parents had not even met. Now that I invest my own money,Read More