When looking for investment strategies to help you increase your retirement, one of the hottest options out there right now to invest in is individual real estate. Pundit after pundit is screaming, “Buy real estate! Buy real estate!” And while I don’t necessarily disagree with this concept, I do have a few suggestions to make before you start using retirement funds to buy real estate investments.
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.
I hear from clients every day, and many of them ask me, “Hey, Justin. Should my investment strategies change if…..” And the “if” at the end of their question could be “if I’m retiring soon.” It may be “if I’m spending a fortune on my kids’ college education.” Or more importantly in my line of business, I hear, “if I’m selling my business soon.” Well, that all depends on you, friend. It all depends…
Building wealth isn’t rocket science, but it does take some effort to understand the dos and don’ts that will get you where you want to be. As a Certified Financial Planner, I am giving you the list of the top five finance books that I recommend to friends, family, and clients.
The much talked about Fiduciary Ruling expected from the Department of Labor has been delayed until July 1st, 2019. Now, I understand some of the reason for the delay. I even have a client who is an attorney for a major insurance company, and this person is leading the task for the company in dealing with DOL alternatives. Obviously, there are some issues when it comes to this ruling. After all, we have FINRA, the SEC, and now the DOL already involved. So when you add the 50 states with various interpretations of the rules of all three different regulatory bodies, what we really have is a mess. Here’s why I’m on a rant about it though.