The media is excited to say that the stock market is at an all-time high. This news has people emailing and calling us daily asking… “should I sell my stocks?” This is a reasonable question. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index has grown almost 300% percent since hitting bottom in early 2009, and people want to know if it’s time to be a bull or a bear.
I typically start my day by reading emails. I generally have tons of emails from companies wanting me to sell their products to my clients. I receive emails from Real Estate Investment Trusts, Cash Value Life Insurance companies, ETF’s, Stocks and mutual funds. I even get emails trying to get me to push individual stocks and annuities! These sales pitches just aggravate me. Let me explain why. RANT WARNING!!!!
Have you ever thought about installing an inground swimming pool in your backyard? Or have you ever considered restoring a turn-of-the-century home? Chances are if you were thinking about doing one of these projects, you’d call a professional to help you complete the task. Why then do we think we can make major financial decisions that could have severe implications without ever talking to a financial advisor? Yet, all too often I see these mistakes happen, and many times people ask for help after the fact, and sometimes the damage is done. That’s why a recent phone call led me to think about this very subject.
Have you ever been the beneficiary of a nice little sum of money or some other inheritance? If so, you know deciding what to do with inherited money can be tricky, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are a few ideas on how to spend the unexpected cash — HINT: these tips can also be a good way to make use of your tax return, if you get one!
We all do it at the beginning of every year; make resolutions with the intention of keeping them. And while you have kissed 2017 goodbye, it doesn’t mean you’re ready to tackle 2018, especially when it comes to your finances. So we here at Financially Simple decided to help you become happy, healthy and wealthy (to some degree) with 18 tips to help you clearly define and keep your financial New Years resolutions for 2018.
Millennials typically get a bad rap. Ask any baby boomer and you will likely hear how this generation is lazy with no vision. I actually had that very conversation recently with a client that is in his late 70s and very much a traditionalist. While some millennials may fit that bill, I’m finding quite the opposite to be true. The millennials I work with are actually very driven. They’re asking all the right questions to garner as much knowledge as they can about financial issues in a way their parents just never did.