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.
There is always more to the markets than what is seen on television and blasted from the headlines. Careful consideration of all aspects of an investment – political, demographic, economic, and relative value, to name a few – must be made when considering the broader implications of that investment on the portfolio.