It is never an easy conversation to start. But it's extremely important.
Tuesday, 15 January 2019
There are points in life where thinking about the future can be exciting. On the flipside, there are also points in life when talking about the future can be awkward or uncomfortable, like planning for your late life and after your passing. In fact, one study showed 43% of parents had not reported having a detailed discussion about their long-term care plans with their adult children. The difficulty in talking about long-term care, end of life plans, estates, and inheritances is exactly why it’s so important to take the time and have the hard conversations. Talking about money and death have been culturally taboo topics. But, no matter how hard the talks may seem, it’s always better to have them when you can than wait too long and lose the opportunity.
In this article, we will go over some ways to open the channels of communication around what types of documents you’ll need for retirement and estate planning. The end goal is to make sure everyone involved is on the same page and that your wishes are known and carried out by those you are close to.
How Does Your Relationship with Money Impact Your Financial Decisions?
Tuesday, 18 December 2018
There is a lot of emotion tied up in our relationship with money. To save it or spend it. To stash it where it is “safe” or invest it and hope to watch it grow. Humans are complicated and our relationship to our finances is no different.[i] Taking the time to consider why we do what we do and what particular emotions may be triggering our behavior, in relation to money, can help us make more informed, deliberate decisions about our finances.
The Excitement of Spending
One emotion that can be both a good or bad money motivator is excitement. There is a real rush when one encounters a windfall or starts seeing some expendable income. And for some, spending that money on a coveted, much-desired item is satisfying. For others, the excitement comes from watching the small seed investment planted grow and mature. And for others there comes the excitement of knowing there is money stashed away safe and secure. There is an excitement in having enough money to choose where to put it. But when that excitement leads you to make unsound or risky choices, better to take a step back and gain some perspective, before you do something that could hurt your long-term finances and goals.
2018 will be the last year to file using the old tax laws.
Monday, 19 November 2018
2018 will be the last year to file using some of the old tax laws. As the holidays roll in and the end of the year hovers just weeks away, it’s important to look over what tax laws should be taken advantage of before they’re gone. In this article, we will discuss ten tax hacks to save you money and file smarter.
To Itemize or Take the Standard Deduction.
Standard deductions will double from $630 to $10,700 for single filers, and from $12,000 to $24,000 for couples. Due to that, this may be the last year to file an itemized tax return and look into as many deductions that you can claim while still able. Normally, it is advised to file an itemized deduction if the amounts are greater than the standard deduction number.
When volatility prevails it is important to weigh your options and choose wisely.
Tuesday, 30 October 2018
It goes without saying that October was quite a challenging month for global markets. Selling pressure and volatility paved the way for widespread market declines. As investors ourselves and trusted advisors for our clients, we feel those emotions too. But as veterans of the markets, we also understand the necessity to anticipate and expect volatility but not overreact to it. We believe that times of volatility emphasize the importance of having a long-term investment plan. That plan should recognize potential volatility and have the mechanisms in place for addressing it.
While many advisors will recommend to “do nothing”, we understand this is not as easy it sounds. Fear is a human element we cannot avoid, and goals, opinions and risk tolerances evolve over time. Depending on your unique situation, the concept of doing nothing can make you feel like a sitting duck. While stepping back and letting the markets correct themselves is often what we recommend, sometimes, we recognize that a different course of action is necessary to be prudent with our risk. We believe this is one of those times…
"The stock market is a device for transferring money from the impatient to the patient." - Warren Buffet
Friday, 12 October 2018
It’s hard to watch the news and not worry about your investments. We understand this. Every day comes with some new political upset, international debacle, scathing book or some other distraction. And with it, comes financial news which tethers itself to these headlines as if they have something to do with one another. It’s hard as an investor with skin in the game to not feel a pang of worry, or be tempted to act impulsively. But, believe it or not, the market corrects itself nearly every year and, if past history could predict future results (which it cannot) it might suggest that the Market is highly resilient and we as investors are too.
"EVERYONE HAS A PLAN UNTIL THEY GET PUNCHED IN THE FACE" - MIKE TYSON
Wednesday, 11 April 2018
This is my favorite quote when I think about investing. I love it because it was not intended for investing, yet, so relevant. Most people investing in the markets will claim they are invested for the long-term and will be patient. Most investors adhere to a Buy-and-Hold Strategy.
Monday, 12 February 2018
In case you were not aware, global equity markets experienced a massive dose of volatility over the past two trading days. From recent highs last week, the S&P 500 is down around 8%. Although this is not large from an historical perspective, it has garnered attention given the recent rapid pace of selling. The losses over the past 2 days has been ~6%.