PreK-12 Educators

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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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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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Steve’s Book Review on the “Wild West.”

Posted by on Apr 29, 2016 in Fee Only Fiduciary Financial Advisors, LAUSD Employees, PreK-12 Educators

My friend Scott Dauenhauer wrote a great book. He is asking all fiduciary-minded financial advisers to take a look at servicing the public school educator market. He explains what you need to know and proceeds to show you in detail how to enter, grow and succeed in your private practice. As a public school teacher, my colleagues need you as the 403(b) market and teachers have been exploited, abused and monopolized for decades by the insurance industry. Public K-12 Educators are begging and screaming for advisers they can trust.

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L.A. Teachers: LAUSD’s Award Winning 457(b) Plan Presentation

Posted by on Mar 31, 2016 in Financial Education/Literacy, LAUSD Employees, Laymen to Laymen Financial Information, PreK-12 Educators, Retirement Planning

The first 100 Retirement Investment Workshop participants will get a complimentary paperback copy of Fighting Powerful Interests! (You can also get my free book right now on this blog as an eBook).
To register for the Saturday, April 16th workshop at UTLA headquarters, call Evy Vaughn, UTLA Conference Secretary (213) 487 5560 or register online by clicking “Learn More” below.

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What can 2.5 months do to my boring portfolio performance?

Posted by on Mar 19, 2016 in Beginning Investing, Consumer Finance, Do it yourself investors (DIY), LAUSD Employees, Laymen to Laymen Financial Information, PreK-12 Educators

The first six weeks of the new year was a bust for the stock market. But in the seventh week something magical happened–it turned bullish. Oil prices went up and our Federal Reserve Board remarks on the status of the economy was neutral, along with a thousand other economic moving parts. I ignore all of the noise and stick with my planned portfolio allocation.

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