In the final days leading up to Christmas, while most of us have been buying presents, baking cookies, and mentally preparing to spend time with our in-laws, Congress has been busy. The recent passage of the SECURE Act has some major implications for retirement and financial planning. We've included some of the most important changes below. Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.
Though I thought long and hard during many periods of my life about a calling to the priesthood, I would never feel comfortable building my business by using religion as a marketing plan. For one, I understand that I am an imperfect man incapable of living up to perfect ideals. I wouldn't want my clients and friends to entrust their assets to our firm with an expectation that I will not make mistakes in my life and potentially become disillusioned by my missteps. Secondly, I don't know if God wants us to be financially successful or not. The ideals I've studied for endeavoring to live a noble life have little connection with monetary things and many, like St. Francis and Mother Teresa, have lived with little worldly possessions while leaving a remarkable legacy. Faith, hope and charity require a belief in the Divine while the cardinal virtues of prudence, temperance, fortitude, and justice may be well exemplified by non-believers alike.
Ignore the avalanche of TV commercials touting the money to be made using option strategies. The big money they refer to is for them, not you.
Investors are continuously bombarded by discount brokerage commercials urging them to trade, trade, trade. They're exhortations are understandable; getting people to trade is how discount brokers generate income. But what's good for them is not necessarily good for their investor clients, despite their claims that they can teach people how to trade effectively.
During his annual shareholder meeting in 2018, Warren Buffett advised investors to put all their money into the Vanguard 500 index. In contrast, "The Big Short" investor Michael Burry recently explained why the wildly popular inflows to index funds are distorting the prices of the stocks they are designed to track and warned about the bubble.