Recently, I had an opportunity to help a new client with a strategic financial plan. When she came to us, she shared with us that she felt pride in what she had accomplished in life in raising her son and in her career. Yet, she felt uneasy and anxious about what was yet to come, and she could not tell from her company’s retirement statement if she would be able to travel as she wanted to do in retirement.
We women live longer than men, and many of us will be on our own at some time in the future. At age 65, we can expect to live another 20 years on average, and we will need to depend on ourselves more than ever to successfully navigate the retirement landscape. Most of us cannot afford to make a major mistake and still ensure there will be time to recover.
Emerging market stocks registered another strong quarter returning 6.3% for the period. International developed stocks and US stocks also rose, returning 5.6% and 3.0% respectively. Global real estate increased 2.0%, while U.S bonds returned 1.7% and global bonds returned 0.4%. Commodities declined for the second quarter in a row falling 3.0% for the period. With the first half of 2017 in the books, six of the seven major asset classes are in positive territory.