Covid and the 2020 Elections
Less than one week until the elections and the number of cases have risen. These are the headlines we see all of the time which may have you question what you are doing with your wealth. Scary to think about sometimes, but when it comes to investing we can’t let our emotions get the best of us.
As the November election approaches, many investors are considering how they should position their portfolios ahead of the election. A few points are worth making in this regard. First, it is always a good principle not to let how you feel about politics overrule how you think about investing. Many Republicans assumed that the stock market would go down under President Obama and many Democrats assumed that the stock market would fall under President Trump. Both lost money on that bet. Second, given the closeness of the polls, the extra uncertainty caused by the U.S. electoral college and the problems of voting in a pandemic, the election itself is both too close to call and too early to call.
In either case if you are investing to meet your goals it is never wise to jump in and out the market. This is why we plan in advance for these times and build a portfolio designed(using a Risk Number) to endure through these times. We just have to remember why we do this and we don’t have to look very far back to test this. For anyone who went to cash in March of this year it probably was not a good financial decision. The markets have rebounded and actually went positive. Watch the latest update in the video and see what we believe.
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Budgeting might seem overwhelming at first, but hear this: You can do it. How? By breaking down the process a bit.
What Is a Budget?
Real quick though, let’s define the word budget. A budget is just a plan. It’s not a restriction on spending—it’s a plan for what you’ll do with your money. It’s a plan for what’s coming in and what’s going out.
When you learn how to make a budget—and do it every month—you’re giving your money purpose. You’re taking control. Goodbye, money anxiety. Hello, money goals. Learn the 7 Baby Step Process
Small companies shouldn’t forgo retirement savings just because a 401(k) plan can be expensive to set up and maintain. There are options specifically for smaller businesses: a Savings Incentive Match Plan for Employees (SIMPLE) plan, a Simplified Employee Pension (SEP) plan, and a SOLO 401 (k).
“How do I get my money out of my retirement plan and into my checking account?”
The question is not as simple as it appears – that’s why people ask it. They’re not asking about the mechanics of a 401(k) withdrawal. They want to understand the switch from saving to spending, and it’s an entire cascade of questions covering how to decumulate assets in retirement. These include:
• When should I take social security?
• How can I ensure I’ll have enough income for my needs?
• How can I invest for growth without taking too much risk?
• What about taxes?
At University Financial Strategies our mission is to help families think beyond just saving for college, but helping leverage strategies that leverage your unique situation to help you save on college costs. We take into consideration topics like specialized college-planning strategies for business owners, planning for financial aid, school-specific scholarships, coordinating college planning with grandparents, cash-flow strategies and options for covering shortfalls, to name just a few.
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