Past generations took little thought regarding how they would maximize their Social Security benefits. After all, it really didn’t matter how and when benefits were claimed if the retiree lived only a short time after retiring. Today, with the real possibility of living three decades without a job or paycheck, retirees need to do all they can to squeeze the most out of Social Security. Over its almost eighty years of existence, Social Security has...
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We have shared other blogs with you that offer you some insight to the very temporary nature of a bear market as well as the illusion that equities are a dangerous place to invest . With these two blogs as a foundation, we would like to warn about certain types of investments that could really do serious damage to your retirement. These investments not only have horrendous track records, but they are almost exclusively purchased...
If you’re approaching retirement age, you may be considering a move to a more retirement-friendly state, particularly if your current state of residence imposes numerous taxes on social security, pensions, and other retirement income. While making the decision to relocate is not something that can be done lightly, there are a variety of options available nationwide that may allow you to retain more of your retirement income. Of course, taxes alone are not the only...
GRAND ILLUSION #4: EQUITIES ARE TOO RISKY AND SHOULD BE AVOIDED It happens all too often. The office receives a phone call or an email from a nervous investor who has been surfing the internet or watching their favorite news network. They’ve come across an article, a headline, or an advertisement proclaiming that the stock market is poised to drop by some cataclysmic amount. Further, the advertisement promotes the idea that the stock market is...
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Grand Illusion #3: The Persistence of Performance “If past history is all there was to the (investment) game, the richest people in the world would be librarians.” -Warren Buffett If you have ever bought shares of stock, a bond, or shares in a mutual fund, you were presented with the following disclaimer: “ Past performance does not guarantee future results. ” The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission requires it and the SEC is right, there...
Grand Illusion #2: Superior Investment Selection The fallacy that the stock market can regularly and consistently be outperformed by superior investment selection is the ugly stepsister to the first ‘grand illusion’ of investments, market timing The notion that through an extensive search of the stock market or the mutual fund industry, investors can reliably uncover the next investment superstar is categorically false. You might think, “If I could only find and buy the next Apple,...
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Grand Illusion #1: Market Timing The first “grand illusion” of investments is market timing. Market timing presupposes that those who are smart enough, or follow the markets closely enough, can figure out both when to get into the stock market and when to get out. The goal is to miss the pain and experience the gain. Of course, we would all love to own equities and enjoy the profits while avoiding downturns, but unfortunately, it...
Investment Fiction: Welcome to the Grand Illusions As investment advisors, as well as ones who have extensively researched investment-related topics over the past thirty years, we have come to a disappointing conclusion: the ideas embraced and promoted by many in the investment industry and the media are not shared by the facts that are revealed in the academic world. The next few blogs will be dedicated to debunking the investment fallacies of our day such...