Investing in Stocks is Risky, How Do You Manage the Risk?

As much as we’d all love to live in a world where bad things never happen, the unfortunate reality is nearly everything in life involves some kind of risk. Whether we are driving to work, playing sports, or having children, we are taking risks every day. Many of these risks are so low we may …

Should You Still Consider Buying Bonds in Your Portfolio?

When the COVID pandemic began just over one year ago, the Federal Reserve lowered rates from 1.75% to near 0%, causing yields on fixed income instruments across the spectrum to drop to historic lows.  This helped cushion the blow from the pandemic, but it also created a conundrum for investors to consider – should I …

A Word from the Investment Department: Coronavirus Considerations

Back in March, when COVID-19 was causing a quick and severe correction in the stock market, we wrote a post outlining some of the advice we were giving our clients at that time. This advice included ideas such as not panicking, remembering long-term goals, and being proactive rather than reactive. These ideas coincide with how …

A Word from the Investment Department: Should I Own Company Stock?

Many companies as part of their retirement plan options allow for employees to buy company stock, whether through their 401(k) plan, and Employee Stock Options Plan (ESOP), stock options, Employee Stock Purchase Plan (ESPP), or through restricted stock units (RSUs). While this can be an attractive way to “invest in what you know” there are …

A Word from the Investment Department: Control What You Can

“What do you think about the election? Who do you think will win, Trump or Clinton? How will the election affect my investments?” We have been hearing these questions more frequently from our clients and prospective clients over the past few months. While the media is paid to bring your attention to the short-term whims …

When Should I Change My Asset Allocation?

One of the most important decisions any investor makes is what their asset allocation should be. B&C Financial Advisors works with our clients to arrive at the appropriate asset allocation based on their circumstances and goals. We are often faced with the question from clients of whether to change their asset allocation and, if so, …

Happy New Year!

We are welcoming in a new year, and everyone is forecasting what lies ahead. As we all know, a forecast is just a prediction of what we think will happen in the future. Unfortunately, nobody has a crystal ball to help us with our investment decisions. The future is not set in stone. Market returns …

How to Cope With Market Volatility

When you’re watching your favorite financial guru on TV and he says “the markets are up” you are happy. But when he tells you the markets are down you are not so happy. These may be normal reactions for some people, but when you know your goals and have established your strategy, you can turn …

How to Diversify Your Assets in Fixed Income

In a previous post, we discussed how to diversify one’s assets in equities.  B&C Financial uses a top down approach to invest in companies across many different industries, which gives you a small amount of exposure in each of those industries to ultimately achieve proper diversification. Now we will discuss how to diversify your assets in fixed …

How to Diversify Your Assets in Equities

Diversification, it is a term we often hear thrown about to explain how one can properly protect their investments.  How many times have you heard someone say “I don’t want to keep too many eggs in one basket”?  What they are talking about is being diversified.  Many people feel if they invest their money with …