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Financial Planning - An Overview
“Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success.” – Pablo Picasso
This year has thrown us some curveballs, but now is a great time to consider starting or revisiting your financial plan. Before jumping in though, take some time and look at what financial planning is, what it can encompass, and how you can get started.
Election 2020: 75 Days and Counting
“Just because you do not take an interest in politics, doesn’t mean politics won’t take an interest in you.” – Pericles
The 59th United States presidential election is upon us this fall and the stakes could not feel higher. The global economy experienced one of the sharpest contractions on record in the second quarter of 2020 with a recovery that depends on containing the COVID-19 pandemic and related economic fallout.
Learn what this all could mean in the months and year ahead.
Third Quarter 2020
“The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a President and senators and congressmen and government officials, but the voters of this country.” – Franklin Roosevelt
The third quarter of 2020 delivered solid returns across the board for broad-based global asset classes. On a YTD basis, U.S. stock returns have been positive and foreign stocks remain negative. Unprecedented U.S. monetary and fiscal stimulus, a strong dollar, and significant technology weightings within U.S. indices have driven U.S. outperformance.
Second Quarter 2020
“Like it or not, we live in interesting times.” - Robert Kennedy, 1966
Market returns in the second quarter of 2020 rewarded investors who stayed the course. While most broad stock indices have yet to make new highs, the double-digit gains for many risked-based assets during the quarter significantly pared the losses experienced earlier this year.
First Quarter 2020
“While we may have more still to endure, better days will return. We will be with our friends again, we will be with our families again, we will meet again.” - Queen Elizabeth
The first quarter of 2020 is a period that we will all remember. There is no modern precedent for what we are currently going through. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected us all, and for now presented us with a new normal of daily life.
Fourth Quarter 2019
“Every bull market must have a wall of worry on which to climb.” - Wall Street proverb
2019 represented a banner year for investors across most major asset classes. The strong returns of stocks and other risk-based assets were driven by attractive starting valuations, accommodative monetary policy, and the easing of trade and geopolitical tensions. At the same time, falling interest rates caused by recession fears provided a tailwind for bonds, as bond prices move opposite rates.