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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.

Given the intensity of the newswire over the 3rd quarter, undulations in the global capital markets were relatively subdued. As the shadow of a full blown global trade war persisted, questions swirled around NATO, U.S. intelligence, the Federal Reserve, the European Union and the U.S. Supreme Court. Add in contagion fears pertaining to emerging markets, a strong dollar and rising interest rates, and the quarter had the potential to be more erratic than the final results.

U.S. college costs are rising but so are the numbers of students attending colleges and universities. Research shows that there are long-term benefits of obtaining a higher education for the student and society at large including: expanded job opportunities, increased public engagement, a diverse array of cultural enrichment experiences and scientific advances, prolonged national prosperity and sustained personal financial security. With those factors in mind, it’s never too early – or too late – to start building a solid foundation for your child’s college years.

Harris Financial’s own Cristin Rigg recently published an article in the Torrance Memorial Patrons Magazine. Taking Inventory At Each Stage Of Life gives direction for maintaining our goals for financial and physical health at each phase of life.

We hope you will enjoy reading this blog at https://www.torrancememorial.org/News_Center/2018/September/Taking_Inventory_at_Each_Stage_of_Life.aspx.

You can also find the article in the next Patrons Magazine releasing on September 26, 2018.

Concern about passing on a legacy is universal, and a trust fund can be a useful tool in helping you transfer your wealth in the manner and spirit you desire. Many parents worry about leaving too much or too little for loved ones, and they're not alone. There are countless stories of fortunes made by one generation being wiped out by the next for one reason or another. However, you can avoid common pitfalls with the right resources and planning. Here are some things to keep in mind as you consider creating a trust and helping your children become financially savvy.

Baby Boomers, Gen Xers, and Millennials all have one thing in common – we love to talk about the joys and trials of our own generations. The social proof is all over the media. However, there’s a whole generation of people that deserve equal time in the spotlight, and they have commonalities that span gender, race, socioeconomic status and sometimes age. We’re talking about the Sandwich Generation.

After a negative first quarter highlighted by an early year correction, U.S. stocks pushed into positive territory as foreign policy and international trade initiatives garnered momentum.  In April, a coalition of U.S., British and French forces launched airstrikes against Bashar al-Assad in response to the use of chemical weapons in the Syrian civil war.  In May, the U.S. exited the 2015 Iran nuclear accord and reinstated economic sanctions on Iran. 

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