Rebalancing is the process of adjusting a portfolio’s current asset allocation to pre-established target weights, based on a specific investor’s goals and risk appetite. According to a recent Vanguard study, asset allocation contributes to 91.1% of portfolio performance with the balance attributed to security selection.1
When it comes to estate planning, establishing a trust can be a helpful way to ensure long-term financial stability and manage assets over time. Trusts exist in a wide variety of forms to serve individuals, couples and families over lifetimes and after death.¹ Trusts are established for a variety of reasons, among them:
For more than two decades, Harris Financial Advisors has demonstrated its commitment to the fiscal well-being and overall success of our nonprofit clients. We specialize in aligning investment strategy with philanthropic missions, supporting leaders in creating dynamic organizations, and providing resources and perspectives to maximize overall charitable impact.
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.