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September 30 3rdQ, 2016 Portfolio YTD Returns

Posted by on Oct 5, 2016 in Beginning Investing, Do it yourself investors (DIY), Financial Education/Literacy, Investor, Low Cost Investors, Passive Investment Strategy, Retired Couples, Successful Wealth Building

The Stock and Bond Markets are up again in the third quarter of 2016. Read how my portfolio has returned 6.7% after nine months. It’s really not complicated because my portfolio is straightforward. It’s constructed to gain when the core asset classes increase and loses value when the market goes down.
Losing is an important part of investing process, if not the most important part. The majority of people don’t understand it because they sell when their investment declines. Never sell, unless it is part of your plan, not because of bear market conditions. Have a plan and stick with it during ups and downs.

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2nd Quarter 2016 Portfolio Returns

Posted by on Jul 19, 2016 in Beginning Investing, Do it yourself investors (DIY), Financial Education/Literacy, PreK-12 Educators

It’s that time of the year, the Quarterly Reports. I really hope you find these reports helpful for a number of reasons:
1. Show you how a portfolio of diversified stocks, bonds, and cash looks like.

2. Show how this diversified portfolio performs in coordination with the stock and bond markets.

3. The individual holdings are not selected at random, but for the purpose of doing a specific and important job in the portfolio. It’s always about the portfolio as a whole performing package, not about the individual holdings.

4. Each holding reflects a specific part of the domestic and international stock and bond markets.

5. While some of the stock asset classes have high correlations, stock and bond allocations are not. Including bonds in my portfolio helps preserve my money against a major and lengthy stock market crash. This is known as the stock bond split. My portfolio is 30% stocks and 70% bonds. My 30% exposure to stocks provides enough risk that my portfolio should keep up with inflation (This is not a guarantee, it is part of my diversification and asset allocation plan).

6. This portfolio is an example of a conservative portfolio for a 69-year-old retiree.

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Rebalancing My Life and My Portfolio

Posted by on Jul 15, 2016 in Beginning Investing, Low Cost Investors, Passive Investment Strategy

Is been over eight months since Dan died and while the hours and days are getting easier, I miss Dan every day. The single life remains an unfamiliar challenge. I am still thinking and feeling as a part of a couple—similar to losing a limb, the phantom pain is real. I am functioning just fine and carrying on with life as if nothing happened. But my grief is alive and painful just below the surface, 24/7. I am slowly “rebalancing” back to a single life, a life that I have not experienced since my 20s.

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Steve’s Investment Seminar Comments

Posted by on May 8, 2016 in Beginning Investing, Financial Education/Literacy, Passive Investment Strategy

Additional workshop results from retired participations at one of the country’s biggest senior centers, Mizell, located in American’s premier retirement destinations, Palm Springs CA. I was asked by my friend Dave to give my presentation that Dan and I had given in the last 3.5 years.

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Investment Workshop Evaluation Results

Posted by on May 1, 2016 in Beginning Investing, Financial Education/Literacy, LAUSD Employees, PreK-12 Educators, Retirement Planning

Every time we offer one of these rare investment workshops, the workshop participants always comment that they want “more of the same.” Only two per year can be provided because of costs. UTLA and LAUSD do not fund these workshops. To their benefit, UTLA does provide the room, and Eva for paperwork and logistical support, and we thank UTLA for that support. On the other hand, LAUSD has rejected support for these workshops for years. We need to inform the Board of Education that financial literacy education is a significant benefit for their employees. If more employees knew of the district’s Award Winning 457(b) plan, more educators would save money for retirement and in the long term would save the district money.

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Taxes, Life without Dan, 1st Quarter 2016 Performance

Posted by on Apr 2, 2016 in Beginning Investing, Do it yourself investors (DIY), Passive Investment Strategy, Retirement Planning

What does grief, taxes, and the first quarter portfolio report have in common? Plenty. I discuss my challenge to do my taxes because Dan did our taxes, and to report how I am doing with life without Dan, and my portfolio first quarter report. I feel good that I completed my taxes with Turbo Tax–Dan would be proud.
I also am happy to report that my portfolio has regained all of the Year-to-Date loses and is up $30,000 YTD. Of course, this makes me feel good and helps with my grief of losing Dan five months ago. But what makes me the happiest is helping others through volunteer work and this blog. When I read what my friend Karen and her sister Therese did about with their finances, and the resulting contentment, security and peace of mind that they feel now, made me the happiest of all.

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