Living to 85? Will Your Money Keep Up?

Growing Old Will Your Money Keep Up?

Did you know there’s an 80% chance that a 60-year-old couple will have at least one spouse reach the age of 90?

And about 1-in-10 adults will live past age 95, according to the Social Security Administration. That’s a problem for most investors. Few retirement plans account for such a long period (sometimes more than 30 years!) of time.

So the typical question becomes: what’s going to last longer, you or your money?

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Market Up or Down: Your Income Should Not Change

Your Income Should Not Depend on Market Whims

If the market dropped 10% during your first year of retirement, how would that affect your income? What effect would a 5-year bear market have on your plans? These are the questions we encounter time after time. Investors want to understand how to protect their retirement from the ever volatile swings of a volatile market, and for good reason.

But what if your retirement income wasn’t based on whether the market was up, down, or sideways? And better still, what if that income continued to grow over time at a rate that exceeded inflation?

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Joy and the Successful Investor: The Upward Spiral

Joy. A concept very hard to define but easy to recognize. You can’t always put your finger on it but you know it when you see it and it’s abundantly clear when you feel it. Often, too, it is unexpected. Like the other day when my son learned how to ride his bike. I watched him smile from ear to ear as he mastered balancing, and then heard him laugh hysterically as he pumped his little legs to sail through the school yard sprinklers. That was unexpected joy and it swelled inside my chest.

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Feed Your Focus. Starve Your Distractions

As investors there are thousands of things to distract us from our goals and the plans we create in an effort to accomplish them.  Daily living, marketing, and the widespread adoption of mobile devices and social media have made it increasingly difficult to remain focused.  Often, it is difficult to even know where to focus, much less maintain it over it time.  But I’ve come up with a little reminder that I like to review from time to time, and I want to share it with you.

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The Crystal Ball of Context

The advisors at Prosperion don’t make short-term market predictions – you see, we don’t have a “crystal ball”. Like you, we aren’t sure when the next market correction (or major upswing for that matter) is going to happen. But we can say with certainty that one will happen… eventually. The challenge is in dealing with the interim, where emotion can override logic. For these moments, I think it is wise to look back on history, for it provides a context one is unlikely to find in newspapers or on TV. Context is what gives me pause and offers a staunch reminder that we’ve been here before and that this time really isn’t all that different.

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For These Financial Areas, Emotion is More Important Than Logic

Money is hard.

Take it from us, we are honored to have very intimate, fragile conversations with clients like you every single day. And if you’ve been a part of those conversations, you know that it can be very emotional.

Sometimes we think myopically that money is just about numbers—it’s spreadsheets and calculators. All we need to do is be completely rational and figure out how to get the most out of an investment. But that’s not all money is.

You may have heard the phrase: “Personal finance is a whole lot more PERSONAL, than it is finance.” There is so much truth in those words.

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Ladies, Use These Tips to Give Your Financial Confidence a Boost

I recently came across an article titled, “Warren Buffet invests like a girl.”  As a female financial advisor, I wasn’t sure if that was a compliment or jab.

Reading deeper into the article- they explain women, like men bring some gender-linked qualities to investing that can actually help.  Women tend to do their research, invest calmly, and exercise patience.  These are all great attributes to sticking to a long term plan.

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Mid-Year Outlook 2017 – A Shift in Market Control

Mid-Year Outlook 2017

The LPL Research team proudly presents Midyear Outlook 2017: A Shift In Market Control. Thus far in 2017, an important shift has taken place in this economic cycle. The Federal Reserve has shown increasing trust that the economy has recovered and that market forces can keep it steady. The gauges say growth engines and market drivers may have changed: power down monetary policy, power up business fundamentals, and potentially take fiscal policy and economic growth off standby.

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With Markets at All-Time Highs, is Now a Good Time to Invest?

It’s a fair question and one we’ve heard a lot lately with the DOW and S&P continuing to push into record territory. Our little bull market has grown up and is about to start third grade. We’re due for a correction right?

Maybe. Maybe not.

Our crystal ball is broken, and as our friends in the compliance department like to remind us, past performance is not indicative of future results. Looking out at the world today gives me plenty of reasons to be optimistic about the market. Combine this positive perspective with a steady approach to investing, a healthy understanding of volatility, and our belief continues to be one of consistent habits and a calm attitude.

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The Right Perspective

Today I want to address what I believe is the very core for successful financial behavior – an optimistic disposition.

2016 is a great example of why it is so important to have an optimistic perspective. The optimists “won” and pessimists “lost”… again. Whether attempting to follow financial folklore such as, “as the first week of January goes, so goes the market for the year”, or that saying “sell in May and go away”… speculators who believe in superstition and let it influence their actions are bound to fail. This pessimism is bad behavior, and it happens far too often. The constant belief that the world is about to end isn’t good for your finances, and I imagine takes a toll on your health as well.

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