Like the ebb and flow of the tide, we saw markets rush upward in January only to see them retreat back in February and March. We have also seen a few historically large single-day declines, only to see a big rebound a few days later. The primary reason given for this volatility has been broad concern about tariffs and a looming trade war with China.
When is the right time for a parent to begin the conversation about their finances with their children? Or for a child to start this conversation with their parent?
We have an almost incomprehensible amount of information at our fingertips. Making use of that information is another thing entirely. In personal finance, like many other aspects of life, asking the right question is the essential element in decision making.
Faith and hope can take many forms. Belief in “big data” makes it easy to think that if you have enough hard data, the truth will emerge. We see this regularly when people expect there to be a simple, technical answer to how much money they need to retire.
Annually in January market predictions for the future abound. Reading the news in January is thus an exercise in incredulity – about the certainty the prognosticators declare about an inherently uncertain future.
Investing, like many aspects of our lives in 2017, has become global. The world has shrunk in ways that Ferdinand Magellan could never have imagined.