Investing time and energy to develop detailed plans for growth is a task that dedicated business owners perform – but that’s not their only priority. A solid strategy for both their business and personal finances, especially since the two are usually intertwined, holds the key to a business owner’s overall long-term financial success.
With the majority of the first quarter of the year behind us, investors need to examine their portfolios to ensure they are properly diversified and positioned to succeed during the rest of 2019.
We generally recommend that clients diversify portfolios globally across stocks, bonds, real estate, commodities and cash. The specific allocation among these asset classes depends on a number of different factors, but establishing an appropriate strategic asset allocation helps clients weather sudden market swings, manage risk, and pursue their long-term financial goals.
2019 is shaping up to be another year of growth and excitement for Harris Financial Advisors. We are pleased to announce that AdvisoryHQ has named us one of the top 11 financial advisory firms in Los Angeles for 2019. This is the second consecutive year that Harris Financial Advisors has ranked on the list, solidifying our place among an exclusive group of the area’s most prominent firms.
January 2019 brought news that several long-term care (LTC) insurance carriers will significantly increase their customers’ premiums over the next few years. This development is significant for individuals and couples who are wondering if they need long-term care plans and, if so, what they can do to ensure their plans offer sufficient and affordable coverage.
Studies repeatedly show that many women have longer life spans than their partners but at some point may face challenges that come with aging, such as widowhood, or physical or mental decline. We recommend women take steps to build their support networks and make plans throughout their lives to ensure their financial well-being and security. Often overlooked, estate plans should be part of every woman’s long-term financial journey.
The 4th quarter proved to be a difficult ending to a challenging year. Volatility, dormant since March, awoke once again with vigor taking investors on a topsy-turvy excursion that included touching all-time stock market highs in October and then plunging into a 19.8% correction in the S&P 500 by December, the second 10% plus decline of the year. There was no shortage of attention-grabbing headlines from midterm elections and tariff escalations, to border walls and another government shutdown, to riots in Paris, chaos over Brexit, and the possibility of a synchronized deceleration of the global economy.
Despite the year-end volatility in markets during December, we continue to remind our clients that the first weeks of any New Year are an opportune time to review their financial planning strategies and to strengthen their fiscal health in areas they can control during market fluctuations in the coming year – and beyond.¹ Harris Financial Advisors suggests taking the following steps these first few weeks of 2019.
With the recent volatility in the stock markets, it is a good time for investors to review their risk tolerance. A formal risk assessment can provide valuable information that investors can use to form a baseline from which to make financial decisions, even amid market fluctuations and changes in life and work.1 While no specific risk level is better than another, it is important to understand where you fall on the risk spectrum so you can apply that information toward your financial planning and investment strategies. Are you unsure of your risk tolerance? Asking for a formal risk assessment from your financial advisor is a great place to start.
More often than not, women with families take the lead when it comes to running their households and focusing on tasks such as home upkeep, managing schedules and children, and tracking bills and sending payments. However, studies reveal that many women with families are less involved when it comes to making longer-term financial plans within their family setting.
You work hard every day, giving a significant amount of your time, energy and commitment to your professional life. In the end you want your hard work to pay off, don’t you? Developing a long-term financial plan as part of your investment strategy is crucial to securing that payoff. Financial planning is important for everyone, not just for people of a certain age or income bracket, and it’s evolved in the 21st century.