Are You Prepared for the Next Bear Market?

My expectation for losses in U.S. stocks during the next bear market is over 60%, which would take us back about twenty years and would require at least a 150% gain just to get back to even.

What impact would such a loss have on your portfolio? What impact would that have on your ability to retire or sustain your retirement lifestyle? Would any other financial goals be impacted? How about the toll on your mental health to see such a large chunk of your life savings wiped out. Continue reading “Are You Prepared for the Next Bear Market?”

Financial vs. Emotional Capacity for Risk: The Importance of Weighing Both When Building An Investment Portfolio

Your investment strategy should be determined by the lesser of (1) your financial capacity for risk and (2) your emotional capacity for risk. Otherwise, you are likely jeopardizing your financial goals.

What’s the difference you ask?

Financial capacity is the ability to achieve your financial goals even after a severe stock market decline.

Emotional capacity is the ability to stomach volatility and losses in a severe stock market decline.

A couple examples will help illustrate these concepts.

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