In The News
- Will Markets Going Up In 2018?
With today's economy & past policies from President Trump, tax cuts specifically, I believe 2018 will be a great year for the Stock Market and we should see all-time highs in the DJIA, S & P 500 & Nasdaq.
- 401k / IRA / Roth IRA Contribution Limits for 2018
If you are under the age of 50, max contribution is $5,500 & if over 50 it's $6,500 for your IRA & Roth IRA. Your 401k limit is $18,500 if under 50, $24,500 if over 50 years old.
- How Much Should I Pay my Financial Advisor or Portfolio Manager?
The fees you will pay a Financial Advisor generally depend on how much money you are asking the Advisor to manage & whether part of those investment dollars include your 401K. Try to avoid dealing with Financial Sales People who only want to charge you commissions or are only selling their company products.
- Will Markets Going Up In 2018?
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Ever Hear “Don’t Fight The Fed”? Remember, It’s True When Fed Funds Rate Rises & Falls?
Throughout my 22 year career as a Portfolio Manager & Financial Advisor, I have heard a million times “Don’t Fight the Fed”. When they are raising the Federal Funds rate, eventually economy will slow, thus causing Stock Market to drop. When the Fed cuts rates, eventually the economy will grow, thus causing Stock Market to rise. What time frame either of those events takes place is the million dollar question.
Over the past several years we have seen the Fed cut rates & institute Quantitative Easing to stimulate the economy, and it worked, both the Stock Market and economy have risen substantially since the last Financial Crisis!
Everyone, other than Short Sellers, love when the Stock Market goes up. Since Quantitative Easing was a big factor to the market going up, now the Fed has started Quantitative Tightening, therefore, it would be in your best interest to start warming up to reducing your equity exposure. How much equity exposure you should reduce will depend on your age, and what annual return or income you need from your investments.
So in summary, “Don’t Fight The Fed” when they started Quantitative Easing & Federal Fund rate cuts, economy and investors greatly benefited. However, now the tables have turned and the Fed has started Quantitative Tightening and raising the Federal Funds rate. What does this mean, you got it, the Stock Market will decline and the economy will slow. When that happens, and how much the economy slows, only time will tell. You best have a plan or talk with your Financial Advisor about your plan.
If you are a Baby Boomer, remember, you may be for the first time in your life at a point where when the Stock Market drops you are also taking out money, unlike in previous declines, where you may have been buying more stocks as the market declined as part of your Dollar Cost Average philosophy.
If you need help with a plan or want a second opinion on your investments, please contact me today!
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