Who To Trust When Investing

Like it or not, we live in a modern hyperconnected world.  Always on, always connected.  24/7.  The average consumer is constantly told what to eat, how to live, and where to invest.  It’s no wonder that “fake news” is now a thing.

We try to tell ourselves “Hey, I’m a free thinker.  I not influenced by the media!”  But it’s far more likely we’re simply influenced by the most convincing voices around us…

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2018 Year-End Net Worth Update

I’m not going to sugar coat the obvious here… the Tako family net worth declined in 2018.  The year 2018 turned out to be a perfect showcase for stock market volatility.

Most of the year the stock market was in a happy place — The economy was growing, consumers were borrowing and spending more, and unemployment was also super low (all of which are important ingredients for a rising stock market).

It looked as if 2018 was going to be yet another year of positive stock market returns…

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Catching The Falling Knife: Investing Into A Bear Market

With just a couple of days left in 2018, it appears extremely likely the stock market is going to end the year in negative territory.  As of writing this blog post, the S&P is down around -7.59%.  This will not go down as a stellar year for stock market returns… but it is well within the bounds of “normal” for a single calendar year.

Of course, this fact does nothing to make individual investors feel better about losses.  The market value of your assets is going to be less than what you started the year with. That doesn’t make anybody feel good…

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