9 Science-Backed Benefits of Gratitude
Over the years, one thing I’ve noticed about our most grounded and successful clients is that many of them, while having aspirations for tomorrow, have tremendous gratitude for today. There’s been a lot of buzz around terms like happiness, fulfillment, etc. and I (I’m sure like many of our readers) have often reflected upon how I can strike a better balance between work, family, community, and other sometimes conflicting priorities. How do we get it all done, and hit our goals, while maintaining at least some semblance of happiness and sanity? Read more »
2017 IRA Contribution Reminder
A few reminders regarding your 2017 IRA contributions. Read more »
Chocolate “No Bake” Cookies
This recipe was contributed by CWM team member, Heidi Morisset. Read more »
We No Longer Fear the Boogeyman
Even the mighty investment universe must heed the law of reversion to mean. Outliers cannot carry on forever and the greater the abnormality, the more likely the reversion will be fast and violent. Read more »
Natural disasters can strike at any moment, and they generally leave a trail of destruction in their path. Rest assured, we have a plan to make sure that we are able to care for our clients and continue servicing them. Read more »
You’re on Your Own
Many Americans are facing what experts consider to be a retirement crisis in the coming decades, meaning we have to prepare for the future today. Read more »
Are Bonds a Dangerous Investment? –Revisited
Many people are once again becoming worried about bond related assets due to the talking heads in the mainstream media discussing how we are entering a rising rate environment, which is expected to be terrible for bond investments that are thought to suffer during such times. Before we all panic and sell out of our bond holdings, let’s consider the historical perspective. Read more »
A Wealth of Legacy
An estate plan should take a panoramic view of your situations, your goals regarding your own health and well-being, the duties of care-taking of dependents, the likelihood that you are going to be passing assets on to your children, grandchildren, churches or charities, and a host of other questions that arise. Working with an attorney and a financial advisor to develop an estate plan, will help you put together the legal documents and framework to help ensure your estate is passed on to your heirs in the most efficient and beneficial way possible. Read more »
Case Study: The Gift That Keeps on Taking
As you’ve probably heard us say time and time again, the only constant in all of this is “change”. Ever-changing laws and regulations require regular review of financial and legal documents to implement necessary updates. Read more »
Bad Things Happen at High Valuations
There is no lack of geopolitical drama right now with war in Syria, tensions with Russia, potential war in North Korea, French elections that may usher in the end of the EU, and of course continued political turmoil here in the United States. Because I am an optimist, none of those situations worry me too greatly since I have staunch faith in human ingenuity and the basic will to survive. What does concern me, from an asset management perspective, is that there appears to be a rising chance that some calamitous geopolitical event may occur, in addition to the fact that corporate earnings topped out in 2014, the Federal Reserve has started raising rates, and US based stock markets are trading near all-time highs. Read more »
Emotions Can Wreak Havoc on Your Financial Success
Keeping a long-term perspective and minding our own economy sounds nice, but how do we do it in practice? Read more »
Trump’s Impossible Task
Throughout Trump’s campaign, time and time again, he talked about how manufacturing jobs had been shipped overseas. The need to fix this problem became a foundation of his campaign for president of the United States. Let’s examine the reasoning behind why these manufacturing jobs have left. Read more »
2016 Tax Time Checklist
Read This Before You File! We've compiled a list and description of the documents you or your CPA will need to prepare your taxes. Read more »
Every Little Thing is Going to be Alright
This time of year is often a bit stressful for asset managers as it is a popular time for everyone to put out their market forecasts for the coming year. This usually includes what they think will happen or won’t happen; and by the end of the year they are almost inevitably at least half wrong. Here at CWM we try not to make market forecasts (though it does happen), but we do look at the probabilities of outcomes to determine the likelihood of negative future events. Read more »
IFG’s Elite Advisor of the Year: Brian Lockett
How living under the stairs after college drove him to the ultimate success. Read more »
Holiday Recipe: Mary’s Candy Cane Crisps
This year's festive recipe was provided to us by a wonderful client. Read more »
A Tempest in a Teapot
Emotional storms are rocking the country post-election and strong feelings are being expressed across the political spectrum. We at CWM have no interest in trying to argue for one political side or the other, but we do need to consider how election outcomes might affect future portfolio performance. While history never repeats itself, it frequently rhymes, thus potentially giving us some context and understanding for our future. Read more »
Well Meaning Misinformation
Missing the best 20 market days over the last 20 years turns a $100,000 portfolio value into $104,000, missing the worst 20 days, $1,274,000 Read more »
Defense Wins Championships
Our Performance Targeting System (PTS) aims to minimize the amount of risk you are taking to hit the target rate of return. Read more »
Nothing to See Here
We live in a strange economic world. We see headlines of new market highs, all while central banks around the world continue to use aggressive economic support policies normally reserved for times of crisis. Read more »
There is a lot of talk in the financial press today about the term “fiduciary”. Over the years, our team has come to learn that a relatively small segment of the population really understands this term and what it means to an investor. Read more »
Valuation Matters
One of the greatest issues leading up to the 2008 housing market crash was that consumers were purchasing homes at increasingly ridiculous levels of valuation. This greedy debt driven buying binge occurred because financing was cheap, it was perceived home prices “could only go up,” and “everyone else” was doing it. Read more »
My Pension: Should I Hold or Roll?
Boeing recently froze their pensions as of December 31, 2015 and as a part of the freeze, they gave their employees the option to take a lump sum payout in place of their pension when they retire. As much as we’d love recommending you take the lump sum and roll it over to an IRA that we would manage, the truth is, it may not be in the best interest of the client. Read more »
The Risk of Safety
The last century has seen a dramatic rise in the creation and effectiveness of safety devices, which has resulted in a dramatic decrease in the loss of life attributable to events like car accidents. However, if improperly used these same devices can actually pose their own significant dangers. Read more »
Riding the Waves
Since July of last year we have seen four gigantic market swings, two of in which the market rallied more than +13% and two in which it dropped over -13% with a maximum time duration of 33 trading days (about 6.5 weeks). That is some incredible volatility that has resulted in significant general investor anxiety, which reminds me of one of my favorite quotes from Franklin Delano Roosevelt: “a smooth sea never made a skilled sailor.” Read more »

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