In times of uncertainty, intuition tells you to take action. While doing something, anything, may make you temporarily feel better, it’s purposeful actions that will make a difference. To find out what moves could improve your situation, it helps to ask some pointed and unemotional questions – especially when it comes to your financial life.
Right now, you may be experiencing concern and uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus, as well as its impact on the capital markets and economy. At Advance Capital, the well-being of you and your family is our top priority, so our hearts go out to all those who have been directly affected.
Something we emphasize when meeting with new clients is that their financial plan is dynamic. The goal is to continuously work toward or preserve the life you want. So, it changes as market conditions, government policy, economic factors and personal financial conditions make it necessary to change. It changes as your life changes. In other words, it is never perfect.
As we enter 2020, we would like to start off the new year by expressing our gratitude to everyone who has enjoyed Advance Capital’s Financial Living Blog. It was one of our best years yet, with well over 100,000 readers. Without the support of readers like you, none of this would be possible.
When planning for your future, you should focus most on the factors you can control. But you still must be mindful of those factors out of your control, one of which is government policy.
How significant are a few additional steps?
For an elite marathoner, a few inspired steps can be the difference between a respectable time and a first-place medal. For a politician, a few more hands to shake and babies to kiss can be the difference between elected official and also-ran. For an architect, a few more feet can be the difference between tall and tallest in the world.
By Kurt Mears, Advance Capital Management Financial Adviser
From VA doctors to national security officers, we’ve had the pleasure to work with many federal government employees. One way in particular is by providing help navigating the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP). Recently, there has been some important changes in the TSP that I would like to highlight.
The world is filled with generalizations.
Men are afraid of commitment. Dogs are smarter than cats (or vice versa). Most politicians are corrupt.
They wear the appearance of truth but are far from truthful. Life is much too nuanced to be condensed into general rules.