Investor Greed Prevention Plan

Investor Greed Prevention Plan

Was the fourth quarter of 2018 just a bad dream for investors? It sure looks like it now. With just two trading sessions left in the month, the S&P 500 is on track to close out the first four months of the year with its best results in 32 years (1987), has rallied more than 20 percent from the December lows, and has also bested its previous all-time high!

#MeToo Movement, Rebalancing and Approaching Retirement

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We started this week off with Robert in St. Louis, a long-time civil servant who is approaching retirement and is a bit concerned about his asset allocation.  Should he rebalance? 

Next up was Meredith from South Carolina.  She's only in her 30s, yet Meredith wanted to know how to best protect assets when approaching retirement.  Fascinating question from a person still many, many years from retirement.  

We've been getting bombarded with emails so we finished up hour one answering as many as possible.

As the #MeToo movement sweeps across the world, it’s time for employers to address the issues of sexual harassment, workplace inequality and the gender wage gap.

After recently interviewing two experts in their respective fields, Leigh Gallagher from Fortune and author Jack Myers, here are some key ideas and trends that will help push the movement in the right direction:

  • HR departments will become increasingly more independent
  • Women will take jobs previously held by men
  • Organizations will need to teach, embrace and support young men coming into the workforce -Workplace mentoring programs will be instrumental to imbue companies with a culture that supports diversity
  • Women who develop characteristics of assertiveness, confidence and aggressive behavior, and who know when to use these behaviors, will find more success in the workplace

Let’s stop with the talk and move to action’s way past time to address these issues. 

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Dollar Dive

Dollar Dive

Treasury Secretary Mnuchin did not cause the recent dollar dive. His remarks
(“Obviously a weaker dollar is good for us as it relates to trade and opportunities”) at
the World Economic Forum in Davos were surprising, because government officials have
historically not been willing to acknowledge that when the value of the dollar falls, it
makes US exports cheaper. The result can be good for US manufacturers and can also
improve the trade balance.