One of the most common questions I get on a daily basis is—will the stock market go up or down in the near future? My standard response to that is—it’s going to go up OR it’s going to go down. Pick your direction. If the stock market was predictable from one day to the next, then we wouldn’t have the Powerball! We would all be independently wealthy.
Pulling money from your retirement account could cost you more than you think. No matter how small the amount, it could be costly to your future. Most people will judge the value of a financial advisor by how big or how great their portfolio performance. However, I’m here to tell you that’s not always the case. A true wealth planner someone who can look holistically at someone’s wealth can save you a ton of money. Let me explain.
One of the biggest benefits you will enjoy if you are self-employed is that there are more (and some would argue better) retirement options and plans available to you than are available to most taxpayers. You still have the ability to use the ROTH IRA and Traditional IRA. But being self-employed gives you three additional retirement savings options: SEP IRA, SIMPLE IRA, and Solo-K. With all these choices, how do you know which is the best retirement plan for the business owner like you? We will explore the pros and cons.
The media is excited to say that the stock market is at an all-time high. This news has us wondering, is it time… “should I sell my stocks?” This is a reasonable question and one I answer almost every day. 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.
Choosing a financial advisor can seem overwhelming when you first start…especially if you’ve never delved into the financial world yourself. It can be tough knowing what to look for. However, there are some strategies that you can utilize to find the advisor that gels with your needs the most and will help you reach your ultimate goal. Making use of these three questions will undoubtedly land you with the advisor that can help you trek down the path you desire.
If you’ve received a letter or phone call about your financial advisor retiring, you may be scratching your head, thinking, “What do I do next?” For the last several years, the number of financial advisors has steadily been decreasing. In 2008, there were roughly 325,000 financial advisors. By 2014, that number decreased to roughly 285,000.