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2018 Outlook

2018 is almost here! Here is our outlook for the stock market and GDP for the next year. Please read and enjoy! As always, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. 2018 LPL Outlook

Sharon L. Herman AAMS, ADPA is the CEO of Silver Key Wealth Management

The opinions expressed in this material do not necessarily reflect the views of LPL Financial.

Securities offered through LPL Financial, Member FINRA/SIPC. Investment advice offered through Independent Financial Partners. IFP is a registered investment advisor. IFP and Silver Key Wealth Management are separate entities from LPL financial.

Ms. Herman may only discuss and/or conduct transact securities business with residents of FL, MI, GA, CA, NC, NJ, VA, TX. www.finra.org  www.sipc.org

 

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What is a Leading Economic Indicator and Why is it Important?

Hello LGBT investors! Often, investing terms can make you feel like you are lost in a maze of strange vocabulary. Today I thought I’d tackle one that people talk about on the news frequently.
Leading Economic Indicators
A leading economic indicator is a tracked measurement of economic activity. It’s called leading because these indicators can be used as a tool to help predict how the economy and markets may change in the future.
Why are they important
Economists look at the trends of different leading indicators to see what industries are performing well or are in decline. Leading indicators are one of many precursors as to how the economy may react in the future.

 

Indicators include:
• Building Permits
o If more new houses are being built, people have money and feel confident in their current financial situation.

• Unemployment claims
o If unemployment goes down, more people have jobs.

• Inventory changes
o If inventories go down, that means that people are purchasing the goods

• Average weekly hours, manufacturing
o If weekly hours go up, that means the manufacturing plants have more orders to build

• Manufacturers’ new orders, consumer goods and materials
o More new orders means more demand

• Manufacturers’ new orders, nondefense capital goods excluding aircraft orders
o More new orders from businesses means more manufacturing and industrial needs

• Stock prices
o Stock prices go up when consumer sentiment is high and earnings are good.

• Bankruptcies
o If bankruptcies are down it means that less people are having financial issues

• Retail Sales
o People buy more retail items when they have more discretionary income

So the next time you hear a new report about the economy and they discuss leading indicators, you’ll have better idea of what they mean. Plus, you’ll look really smart at your next cocktail party!
How are you feeling about the economy at the moment?

Sharon L. Herman AAMS, ADPA is the CEO of Silver Key Wealth Management, and affiliated with LPL Financial. www.silverkeywealth.com
The opinions expressed in this material do not necessarily reflect the views of LPL Financial.
Securities offered through LPL Financial, Member FINRA/SIPC. Investment advice offered through Silver Key Wealth Management, an independent investment advisor. Silver Key Wealth Management is separate entity from LPL financial.
Ms. Herman may only discuss and/or conduct transact securities business with residents of FL, MI, GA, NJ, VA, TX. www.finra.org. www.sipc.org

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3 Key Points for Life Insurance

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Life insurance is not a fun topic.  It means that someone has kicked the bucket or you are planning on someone kicking the bucket. Usually people don’t like to dwell on if they have enough insurance.  But let’s be good to our partners, my savvy LGBT friends and figure out pretty quick if we have enough insurance. Here are three things to look at:

•    How much is your mortgage and how much longer to pay it off?
o    This is usually the biggest debt a person has

•    How much outstanding debt do you have as a couple?
o    Outstanding credit card debt, car loans, etc.

•    Do you want to provide living expenses for your partner or children?
o    Are they going to miss your income? Do you want to leave them something to get by until they are settled? Do you want your children’s college expenses taken care of?

Add up the numbers and the time frame. This gives you a “quick and dirty” amount of life insurance that you’ll need and for what time frame. Most of these items can be covered with a term life insurance policy. Term life is something that you purchase as an individual.

Insurance can be complicated. You may have a need for more or less, depending on your individual situation. I suggest meeting with an ADPA designated financial advisor to help you better understand your individual needs.

What is the biggest fear you face if you unexpectedly pass away?

 


 

Sharon_Herman_HeadshotSharon L. Herman AAMS, ADPA is the CEO of Silver Key Wealth Management, and affiliated with LPL Financial, the largest independent broker/dealer* in the United States. www.silverkeywealth.com

The opinions expressed in this material do not necessarily reflect the views of LPL Financial.

Securities offered through LPL Financial, Member FINRA/SIPC. Investment advice offered through Independent Financial Partners, a registered investment advisor and separate entity from LPL financial.

Ms. Herman may only discuss and/or conduct transact securities business with residents of FL, MI, GA, VA, NJ, TX. www.finra.org. www.sipc.org

*Financial Planning Magazine (June 1996-2013 based on total revenue)

 

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5 Common Retirement Planning Mistakes

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There are five common retirement planning mistakes that many people make

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Photocredit: Tom Brandt

1.    Changing investment strategies based on emotions.
It never feels good when the market goes down. And seeing your account value go down is never pleasant. The emotional side of you wants to stop the pain. In other words, pull your money out of the market. Then when the market goes up, you want to be a part of the party and put money in! Analyze what you are really doing when this happens. You are selling an investment low, then buying it back when it costs more money. Does that make sense? Would you sell your house when the price went down and then buy it back when the price went up because it was worth more? No. No you wouldn’t do that. So why do that with good investments?

2.    Not being honest about retirement costs
I see this all of the time. People want to retire so much that they choose to tighten the belt when they budget for retirement.  They hack things out of their life right and left on paper. Then they try to live it and find that the parameters are totally unreasonable. If you like to travel, then you like to travel. If you like to golf, then you like to golf. Don’t stop working too early just to be done, then punish yourself for the rest of your life. A few extra years of work may make the difference between having that annual vacation for the next 20 years or not. Think about that.

3.    Not starting to save early enough
Don’t be this person! By saving earlier in life, you don’t have to put as much away each year to reach your retirement goal! All due to the magic of compounding.
Starting at age 25, if you invested $3500 a year at an 8% return, you would have over $1,000,000 at the age of 65. That’s it! Only $3500 a year!

If you wait until age 45 to start saving, then you have to invest $20,000 a year for 20 years to get a million dollars. That’s quite a difference. Don’t ignore the power of compounding. This is a hypothetical example and is not representative of any specific situation. Your results will vary. The hypothetical rates of return used do not reflect the deduction of fees and charges inherent to investing.

4.    Not practicing good asset allocation
You need to spread the love in your portfolio, so to speak. Putting all of your investment dollars in one basket is never a good idea. This year’s hot performing asset class might be next years worse. Seek balance in all you do, including investing. Consider seeking the help of a financial professional for advice. Asset allocation does not ensure a profit or protect against a loss.

5.    Leaving your 401k behind
You got a new job. Yay for you! Don’t forget about that 401k that’s been sitting there. You took the time to invest in it. Take the time to explore your distribution options. You can be losing out on the opportunity to grow your nest egg if you ignore your money! A good retirement plan is like a garden. It needs to be tended to and watched over to thrive.

 


 

Sharon_Herman_HeadshotSharon L. Herman AAMS, ADPA is the CEO of Silver Key Wealth Management, and affiliated with LPL Financial, the largest independent broker/dealer* in the United States. www.silverkeywealth.com

The opinions expressed in this material do not necessarily reflect the views of LPL Financial.

Securities offered through LPL Financial, Member FINRA/SIPC. Investment advice offered through Independent Financial Partners, a registered investment advisor and separate entity from LPL financial.

Ms. Herman may only discuss and/or conduct transact securities business with residents of FL, MI, GA, VA, NJ, TX. www.finra.org. www.sipc.org

*Financial Planning Magazine (June 1996-2013 based on total revenue)

 

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Buy Quality Investments

Hello my LGBT friends! I hope this blog post finds you well.

In my last blog, I spoke about getting a game plan together. Now I’m going to talk about investing.

My belief – buy quality investments and be well diversified.

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Your underlying investment strategy will only be as sound as the investments you buy. You wouldn’t build a house on quicksand and expect it to be sturdy, right? Same goes for your investment portfolio. Have a good foundation.

When looking at stock type of investments, look for companies that have been in business for a long time (I usually look at companies with at least a 10 year track record) and have a history of increasing dividends. That may be a good indicator of a company with a good financial record.

Diversify!
Don’t buy stocks in just one sector. Spread the love!  You may want to pick companies from different sectors to balance out your portfolio. If you are starting out, I don’t recommend having more than 5% of your portfolio in any company. So even if you really like Coca Cola, Pepsi and Snapple, you might not want to buy all three of those companies. They do the same thing – make beverages.  If you do decide to buy all three of those companies, buy them in smaller amounts so that sector doesn’t go over 5% of your portfolio. Make sense?

Stock Sectors include:
•    Basic Materials
•    Conglomerates
•    Consumer Goods
•    Financial
•    Healthcare
•    Industrial Goods
•    Services
•    Technology
•    Utilities

To break it down even more, each sector has sub sectors –for example, Utilities include the sub sectors of electric, water, natural gas.

So remember, quality and diversify your holdings. Do you have a favorite stock?

An ADPA (Accredited Domestic Partner Advisor) designated Financial Advisor can assist you with your choices if you need help from professional.

Diversification does not guarantee a profit or protect against loss.

Past performance doesn’t guarantee future results.

 


 

Sharon_Herman_HeadshotSharon L. Herman AAMS, ADPA is the CEO of Silver Key Wealth Management, and affiliated with LPL Financial, the largest independent broker/dealer* in the United States. www.silverkeywealth.com

The opinions expressed in this material do not necessarily reflect the views of LPL Financial.

Securities offered through LPL Financial, Member FINRA/SIPC. Investment advice offered through Independent Financial Partners, a registered investment advisor and separate entity from LPL financial.

Ms. Herman may only discuss and/or conduct transact securities business with residents of FL, MI, GA, VA, NJ, TX. www.finra.org. www.sipc.org

*Financial Planning Magazine (June 1996-2013 based on total revenue)

 

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Developing A Game Plan

OK, my LGBT friends! First things first! You need to develop a game plan. What are your financial goals? Do you want to retire at a certain date? Take a dream vacation? Provide an education for your children or grandchildren?

Even Godzilla had a game plan!

Godzilla
Photo by: futuristmovies.com

You need to know what you want to accomplish before you set out and start to randomly invest money
If you were going to bake a cake, you’d make a list of ingredients that you need. Then you’d probably check your cupboards to see what you already have. After that, you’d go to the store and buy the rest. It wouldn’t make sense to go to the store and buy random ingredients and hope you end up with the right things to bake a cake…. Same goes for setting up a plan for investing your money. Write down what you want to accomplish and when and choose investments that match your timeframe and risk tolerance.

You need to be patient with your investments!
There are quite a few investments to pick from in the investing universe. – Stocks, bonds, mutual funds, alternative investments. Diversity is key. You need to be disciplined about saving money and patient with market returns. Don’t abandon a plan because of short term market setbacks. I suggest you speak to an LGBT financial advisor with an ADPA designation to assist you with your plan, if you are seeking professional assistance!

Your game plan should be looked at periodically. Have your goals changed? Are there life events happening that change our long or short term goals? If so, then maybe your investment strategy needs to change with it.

What are some of your goals?

 


 

Sharon_Herman_HeadshotSharon L. Herman AAMS, ADPA is the CEO of Silver Key Wealth Management, and affiliated with LPL Financial, the largest independent broker/dealer* in the United States. www.silverkeywealth.com

The opinions expressed in this material do not necessarily reflect the views of LPL Financial.

Securities offered through LPL Financial, Member FINRA/SIPC. Investment advice offered through Independent Financial Partners, a registered investment advisor and separate entity from LPL financial.

Ms. Herman may only discuss and/or conduct transact securities business with residents of FL, MI, GA, VA, NJ, TX. www.finra.org. www.sipc.org

*Financial Planning Magazine (June 1996-2013 based on total revenue)

 

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