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Lessons I'm (Re)Learning From the Current Crisis

While this is part of the "Lessons I Learned" category of this blog, this crisis is ongoing so I thought I would do this one in the midst of the event. I have spent the last three weeks reaching out to clients offering perspective, advice, portfolio updates and planning opportunities. Now I'll take a pause to review the big picture and hopefully provide some therapy along the way.

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I Want To Die With $0

One comment I’ve received over the years when working with a new client is, “I want to spend all of my money before I die.” Or said another way by the character Saul Bloom in the movie Ocean’s Twelve, “I want the last check I write to bounce.” This idea sounds very simple and elegant, but the reality is more like the unpredictable, all-over-the-place capers of the Ocean’s gang.

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Lessons 30 Years After 1987

Last month marked the 30th anniversary of Black Monday, October 19th, 1987, when the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 508 points and the S&P 500 saw a one-day loss of -20.5%. The market has certainly come a long way since then, having weathered two more bear markets and continuing to reach all-time highs.

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The Effect of Returns on Planning Projections

I recently wrote about why I Hate Predicting Investment Returns. As I continue to meet with clients and potential clients, the reality of return expectations continues to be a necessary part of the discussion. Toward the end of the previous post, I made the statement, “This (lower return) expectation is being baked into my discussions with clients and the planning projections we do.” Here is what that means in practice using an example.

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