A month into the new year, most of us have made – and perhaps broken – at least a few new year’s resolutions. The usual commitments to lose weight, exercise and eat healthier top the list for most Americans again, but, this year, a new one has crept in – pursuing a simpler life using The KonMari Method™.
Author: Cathy C. Miller, MBA, CFP®, CRPS®, CDFA™
No matter what kind of investor you are and no matter how much you have invested in the market, it’s safe to say that the market’s recent swings have caught your attention. Truly savvy investors can capitalize on volatility by recognizing that when the market is falling, “stocks are now on sale.” But your ability (and willingness) to benefit from falling prices can also depend on whether you are still saving and accumulating for retirement, or if you are nearing or already in retirement.
Those are the questions many investors are asking themselves after the worst December for US stock markets in decades. Despite record setting levels going into the fourth quarter, they saw markets give all that back and then some. For the quarter, the S&P ended up off nearly 14% from its high, the Dow was down nearly 12% and the Nasdaq fell over 17%. Foreign stocks shared a similar fate, and oil prices are off nearly 40%. All of this was against a backdrop of pretty solid economic data across the board.
As we “go to press” with this newsletter, the midterm elections haven’t been held, and no one knows for sure what the outcome will be. The pundits put the chance of the Republicans keeping the Senate at about 71% and the chance of the Democrats taking the House at a slightly lower percentage, but still likely. Of course, there are many recent examples where these kinds of predictions not only missed the mark, but missed spectacularly.
“…Few can claim the ability to reliably predict elections – look no further than the Brexit vote and the 2016 US presidential election…,” Mike Ryan, Chief Investment Officer for the Americas, UBS Global Wealth Management pointed out. In fact, some pundits projected a 5% to 20% decline in U.S. markets if Trump was elected. As we know, predictions grabbed headlines, but those declines didn’t materialize.
The incidence of “gray divorces,” when couples over 50 years of age decide to go their separate ways, has doubled in the last 25 years. During that same period, divorce among partners who are 65 or older tripled. Growing old together may be overstated.
Should I Maintain Life Insurance on My Ex-Spouse? How Much Should I Purchase and How Do I Make Sure it Stays in Place?
The primary purpose of life insurance is to fill a financial “gap” that you might face upon the death of someone you depend on financially. While the need for life insurance is generally obvious with a married couple, many people overlook the need for life insurance on an ex-spouse. If you receive alimony and/or child support, life insurance can provide critical protection if your former spouse were to pass away.
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