Have you ever heard of the volatility tax? In case you haven’t, it’s the drag exerted on investment returns from volatility.
In other words, even if two different investments provide the same average annual returns, the investment with more volatility will deliver lower total returns. Let me illustrate. Continue reading “Beware the Volatility Tax”
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?”
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.
Continue reading “Financial vs. Emotional Capacity for Risk: The Importance of Weighing Both When Building An Investment Portfolio”
Investors tend to underestimate the risk of loss especially at the tail end of a bull market that’s been raging for almost eight years. So let’s take a look history for some proper perspective.
Continue reading “Risk and Return: A Historical Perspective”