This Week's Ups and Downs but mostly Downs

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 This Week’s Ups and Downs but mostly Downs, have many people struck in terror. First of all, as of this writing, the stock market is down 2% for today. Yes, you may say but what about the week? While let’s look at the long-term picture for a better perspective. Since this time last year, the market is up. Not a lot but higher than it was on December 6th in 2017 as far as the Dow Jones and S&P are concerned.

Second, the real question is….How are your investments doing? Technology for example is up. If you have some equity diversity and bonds in your portfolio, the decline of the past few days may be balancing your portfolio to the point where the losses are not so dramatic. Look closer at what you before you panic.

Third, do you have cash? Not just in your pocket but in the bank. Perhaps as part of your asset portfolio where you can access it if you needed. Remembering that cash is one of the three main forms of investment is essential to managing your money. Despite its poor return record of the past ten years, the reason cash is always in style is for its dependability. The currency is always there and insured if parked in an FDIC insured account.

Finally, if you are truly affected in your daily life by the market swings, this is a time for a two pronged improvement to your life. One, take the time to create an investment strategy that matches your age, needs, and personality. Talk to a professional investment person who can educate you and create this for you, before making any changes. Two, do some important work on yourself by finding ways to decompress more in your life. Your health is worth it.

Meantime, know what you can control and cannot. You cannot change the market. You can change your investments. Most of all, you can lower your stress level with some good information.

A Must for Every Investor... Learn about Fiduciary Responsibility

A Must For Every Investor….
Learn about Fiduciary  Responsibility

At first a confusing term, once you know what it means, you can take better care of your money. And you can take better care of others if you are a fiduciary. Most importantly, you can ask the right questions of those who are managing your money.

Investopedia says the following:

“Under the U.S. legal system, a fiduciary duty is the legal term describing the relationship between two parties that obligates one to act solely in the interest of the other. The party designated as the fiduciary owes the legal duty to a principal, and strict care is taken to ensure no conflict of interest arises between the fiduciary and his principal.

In most cases, no profit is to be made from the relationship unless explicit consent is granted at the time the relationship begins. Fiduciary duties come in a variety of forms under the legal system, including but not limited to, trustee and beneficiary, guardian and ward, principal and agent, and attorney and client. “

Read more here - https://www.investopedia.com/ask/answers/042915/what-are-some-examples-fiduciary-duty.asp

Objective Views of Financial Educators

Investment and Financial folks who do act as a fiduciary do not have any issue with this law. Many organizations like the Certified Financial Planning Board are supporters of it. Good financial advice can be given without conflict of interest or high fees.

As the possibility of a law change was being discussed, Jane Bryant Quinn wrote the following piece. It is an older but clearly objective and powerful.

http://janebryantquinn.com/2016/03/brokers-say-theyll-lose-money-if-they-have-to-give-you-better-advice/

SEC Guidelines

No matter what your politics, learn what the Security and Exchange Commission(SEC) is up to when it comes to Fiduciary Responsibility guidelines and laws.

https://www.financial-planning.com/news/warren-chides-sec-on-proposed-broker-standard?utm_campaign=Dec%2026%202018-regulatory&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&eid=b1f3ad638ceb78d6bc35428398f3aa57

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Does Your Mood Match the Market Swings?

This Week’s Ups and Downs but mostly Downs, have many people struck in terror. First of all, as of this writing, the stock market is down 2% for today. Yes, you may say but what about the week? While let’s look at the long-term picture for a better perspective. Since this time last year, the market is up. Not a lot but higher than it was on December 6th in 2017 as far as the Dow Jones and S&P are concerned.

Second, the real question is….How are your investments doing? Technology for example is up. If you have some equity diversity and bonds in your portfolio, the decline of the past few days may be balancing your portfolio to the point where the losses are not so dramatic. Look closer at what you before you panic.

Third, do you have cash? Not just in your pocket but in the bank. Perhaps as part of your asset portfolio where you can access it if you needed. Remembering that cash is one of the three main forms of investment is essential to managing your money. Despite its poor return record of the past ten years, the reason cash is always in style is for its dependability. The currency is always there and insured if parked in an FDIC insured account.

Finally, if you are truly affected in your daily life by the market swings, this is a time for a two pronged improvement to your life. One, take the time to create an investment strategy that matches your age, needs, and personality. Talk to a professional investment person who can educate you and create this for you, before making any changes. Two, do some important work on yourself by finding ways to decompress more in your life. Your health is worth it.

Meantime, know what you can control and cannot. You cannot change the market. You can change your investments. Most of all, you can lower your stress level with some good information.