Ten Years On: Four Personal Finance Lessons Learned from the Great Recession

By Adam Oerther, CFP® Officially, the “Great Recession” was the period between December 2007 and June 2009 when the U.S. economy contracted by 4.2%. Over 8 million jobs were lost, and unemployment rose to 10%. Many who bought homes in 2006 and 2007 suddenly found themselves “underwater” in their mortgages (owing more on their homes …

I Have a Love/Hate Relationship with Volatility

By Adam Oerther, CFP® As most of you know, the stock market was quite volatile in 2018, particularly in the last quarter. For some of you, this volatility may have invoked feelings of worry or nervousness over the future of the market; others may have felt indifferent about it, as the stock market is known …

Investing vs. Trading – What is the Difference?

by Adam Oerther, CFP® When people find out someone works in investments, that person receives a number of reactions: “So, when is the next correction coming?” “Which stocks should I buy right now?” “How will [some political situation] affect the stock market?” These questions are interesting, not because they are silly or unreasonable (who wouldn’t …

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, …

Fasten Your Seatbelts!

Slight turbulence to be expected If you watch the business news channels, you’ve seen a lot of ups and downs in the stock market to kick off 2015. It seems everyone has an opinion on why the market fluctuates, and that opinion changes on a daily basis.

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 …

Why Do You Invest?

The answer to that question for many people is: I invest in order to make money. On the surface that might seem to be the most obvious and simple answer. But is it? The real answer is a little more complicated than that.

Unraveling the World of Financial Products

Relationships Built Upon a Foundation of Knowledge The most important thing in our business is our relationship with our clients. One of the ways we work toward this ideal is to provide educational opportunities. We help to broaden our client’s understanding of wealth management in several ways including client meetings, our newsletter and also in …

The Importance of Asset Allocation

In the world of investing, people often want to know what the best investment is for them. The answer is not only what to invest in, but more importantly how to invest. There are many ways to invest money, but ultimately most investments in the financial world come down to stocks and bonds. People who …