Let’s be frank; no one likes to pay for insurance. It’s one of those things we do because we’re “responsible adults”. But in many cases we’re paying to protect ourselves against something that isn’t likely to happen. Most people don’t totally destroy their cars. Most houses don’t burn down. But when those things do happen, they can have catastrophic financial effects on those who are ill-prepared. While this is true for things like houses and cars, it’s also true when it comes to planning your financial future. Let’s take a quick dive into three areas we think are critically important to address when thinking about your financial plan.
Many investors view the stock market as risky, because they may lose money. In our eyes, it is worthwhile to have some awareness of the various types of investment risk. In our video, we share several sources of investment risk that you may not have fully considered. Below, we talk in more detail about those risks.
The start to 2016 has been marked by uncertainty in a number of areas. China, ISIS, Oil, etc. Not surprisingly, this uncertainty has caused plenty of fear and, consequently, volatility in global stock markets. Also not surprising are the familiar echoes from the “talking heads” on television and even some investors to “Get out!” or do something. Of course, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to investing or risk management.
If I were to make a generalization about the people who have bright financial futures ahead of them: they are prodigious savers and investors. For the most part, they have set up their wealth accumulation plan to be automatic, via either large 401(k) contributions, large contributions into other investment accounts, or, in many cases, both.