Financial Education/Literacy

September 30 3rdQ, 2016 Portfolio YTD Returns 2

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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Steve’s Book Review: Excellent for Beginners 1

Steve’s Book Review: Excellent for Beginners

Posted by on Sep 14, 2016 in Consumer Finance, Do it yourself investors (DIY), Financial Education/Literacy, Low Cost Investors, Passive Investment Strategy

I reviewed another investment book. I tell why self-published authors connect better with investing beginners than most of the traditionally published personal finance books found in bookstores. The author follows the sage advice of portfolio construction of Jack Bogle and the investment company he founded in 1974, Vanguard Group. I highly recommend this book. It’s an easy read and gets right to the point.

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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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Conversation with a Fee-Only Fiduciary

Posted by on May 24, 2016 in Fee Only Fiduciary Financial Advisors, Fiduciary Standard, Financial Education/Literacy

The blog post will go help you recognise on-the-spot a fee-only fiduciary financial adviser. It is my vision of what a conversation might look like between a client and an adviser who genuinely looks out for your best interests. If you read this blog post you will be doing yourself a great favor and reducing your anxiety about your success of finding a financial adviser that is genuinely helpful, knowledgeable, a good listener and is competent and confident enough to teach clients to feel confident in their decisions.

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Book Review: Trusting Financial Advisers 0

Book Review: Trusting Financial Advisers

Posted by on May 23, 2016 in Consumer Finance, Fee Only Fiduciary Financial Advisors, Financial Education/Literacy

Here we go again. That five letter word T-R-U-S-T leads directly to our emotions. Who can we trust with our investments? How do we know that a fee-only financial adviser is trustworthy? In my previous blog post (Trust and Investing), John Bogle wrote that the only thing you can trust is that the economies of the entire planet will grow over time. As a do-it-yourself investor, you can eliminate trusting an adviser. I thought I will take up this topic again through a book review because many of you want help, and there are trustworthy fee-only advisers. This book might provide clues by the language which reflect trust that these advisers use.

According to the authors, you are not the only one who might not trust an adviser again. Most Americans are still reeling over the 2008 stock market crash. Because of 2008, trusting a financial adviser and the industry has radically changed according to the authors. They wrote: “The roots of negative selling run deep. It has a long history of success. But our culture has changed, and negative selling is no longer consistent with who we are as consumers…Yet salespeople still often find themselves in that gray area between creating fear and illustrating a need-which in turn costs them sales.”

While the book’s primary audience is for the financial professional, my review might help you gain confidence on how to evaluate a potential adviser. Remember, you are interviewing potential advisers, not the other way around. My review of this book addresses the trust problem head-on and it’s for people who are looking for a trustworthy financial adviser.

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Steve’s Investment Workshop Participant 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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