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Do I Need More Bonds?

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People love the idea of seeing their investments go up and up and up. But what about when things go down? Where’s the protection? That’s why bonds need to be a part of the overall allocation. That’s the discussion as we kick off the latest show with DJ from Texas. A great call and important lessons to be learned.

Hour two was more from the endless pile of emails and a surprise guest to help break down tax season.

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Shutdown V3.0 Ushers in NASDAQ Bear

Shutdown V3.0 Ushers in NASDAQ Bear

Welcome to the third government shutdown of 2018! Did you forget about the first two? In January, there was a three-day closure, and then in February, there was the one-day sequel. In both of those instances, investors shrugged off the news and stocks actually edged up during those days-long shutdowns.

When to Use Bonds

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You're saving and saving and saving for retirement. Most of it is in stocks...but what about bonds? Do you need them and what's the best way to start mixing them in? That's what we chatted about with Dee from Seattle on the latest bonus call.

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Jobless Rate Falls to Lowest Since 1969

Jobless Rate Falls to Lowest Since 1969

The last time the U.S. unemployment rate was this low, Peter, Paul and Mary’s “Leaving on a Jet Plane” was the number one song, “Hello Dolly” was the big holiday movie hit and war continued to rage in Vietnam. In December 1969, the unemployment rate was 3.7 percent and not until this September, has it been as low since.

The Price is Wrong

The Price is Wrong

If you feel like things are more expensive, you are right. Despite a slightly weaker than expected inflation report in April, this year, prices have accelerated faster than Fed officials anticipated just a few months ago. Last week we learned that headline inflation increased to a 14-month high of 2.5 percent from a year ago in April, due in large part to rising gas prices. Excluding food and energy the core rate increased by 2.1 percent.

100 Questions Every First-Time Home Buyer Should Ask

Home ownership has always been considered an essential part of the American Dream.

And while it may be getting harder to accomplish—especially for the millennials—it’s still pretty high on the list of goals. If you’re going to do it, make sure you do it right by doing your homework and asking the right kinds of questions:

  • What can you afford?
  • What do you want in a home, and what do you really need?
  • What does "location, location, location" really mean?
  • How do I decide what to offer on a house?
  • What exactly does the closing process look like?

While it’s hard to ignore all the financial implications of making such a large investment, there are, of course, the equally important issues related to life, family and relationships that arise in buying a home.

And quick postscript to all you millennials out there who want to buy, but feel like the cards are stacked against you...hit up the app store on your phone and put all the tools and technology at your fingertips to use to help you find the best deal possible.

And remember, the American Dream is still very much alive and achievable.  

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Inflation-Proof Your Life

Inflation-Proof Your Life

Worries about rising inflation have spooked stock and bond investors. As a reminder, inflation occurs when the prices of goods and services rise and as a result, every dollar you spend in the economy purchases less. The annual rate of inflation over from 1917 until 2017 has averaged just over 3 percent annually. That might not sound like much, but consider this: today you need $7,272.09 in cash to buy what $1,000 could buy in 50 years ago.

#359 - Bond Boot Camp: What They Are and How They Work

A new year, a new website and the questions are pouring in!  

First up this week was Tom from New Hampshire who is looking to get his financial life in order.  It wasn't too long ago that it went a bit off track but with a new year, Tom has some benchmarks he's looking to meet and wanted to run them by us.  Next up was Erin in New Mexico who is going through a divorce and wants to make sure she's properly protecting herself.  We finished up hour one by answering a handful of email questions. 

On to hour two...

What’s a portfolio without a bond position? It’s incomplete and potentially riskier than necessary.

We field so many questions about your portfolios and asset allocation and while stocks may seem sexier because of their upside potential, you always hear me stress that everyone needs exposure to bonds as well.

We rarely dive into bonds in great detail--what they are, how they work, and why you absolutely need them, which is why I thought it would be time for a little Bond Boot Camp. Our leader for this mission on today’s show is Justin Land, aka the ultimate bond guru.

Justin is the Director of Tax Exempt Portfolio Management at Wasmer, Schroeder & Company, an investment advisory firm based in Naples, FL.

In the current environment where it seems like the Dow is setting records on a daily basis, there’s probably a lot of people out there who want to be 100% invested in stocks. But what happens when the Bull turns into a Bear -- what will help protect you then?

What if I told you that by owning a bond position, you’d only miss out on a little of the upside, but in return, your downside would look far better when that eventual correction occurs. 

And make no mistake...it’s coming. It’s a matter of when, not if. 

After hearing this chat with the bond guru, if you don’t already, I hope you add some to your portfolio and start out 2018 on the right financial foot!

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Ep. 050 - Bond Boot Camp: What They Are and How They Work

What’s a portfolio without a bond position? It’s incomplete and potentially riskier than necessary.

We field so many questions about your portfolios and asset allocation and while stocks may seem sexier because of their upside potential, you always hear me stress that everyone needs exposure to bonds as well.

We rarely dive into bonds in great detail--what they are, how they work, and why you absolutely need them, which is why I thought it would be time for a little Bond Boot Camp. Our leader for this mission on today’s podcast is Justin Land, aka the ultimate bond guru.

Justin is the Director of Tax Exempt Portfolio Management at Wasmer, Schroeder & Company, an investment advisory firm based in Naples, FL.

In the current environment where it seems like the Dow is setting records on a daily basis, there’s probably a lot of people out there who want to be 100% invested in stocks. But what happens when the Bull turns into a Bear -- what will help protect you then?

What if I told you that by owning a bond position, you’d only miss out on a little of the upside, but in return, your downside would look far better when that eventual correction occurs.

And make no mistake...it’s coming. It’s a matter of when, not if. After hearing this chat with the bond guru, if you don’t already, I hope you add some to your portfolio and start out 2018 on the right financial foot!

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3 Economic Risks

3 Economic Risks

During her Congressional testimony, Fed Chair Janet Yellen painted a fairly bright picture of the US economy, stressing a rebound in consumer spending, which should allow the central bank to gradually raise short-term interest rates over the next few years. Investors were heartened to hear that message and drove stocks higher, with the Dow closing at a new all-time high after Yellen’s first day of testimony. What could undo this rosy picture? There are a number of risks to the US and global markets that persist, though three rise to the top of the list. Their existence does not mean that long-term investors should change their game plans, but they are a reminder to guard against complacency and to always approach investing with caution.