I just wanted to post a quick note to wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving Holiday. Here’s hoping that you are celebrating it in good health surrounded by family and friends. Without both, life would be such a drag.
I am thankful for my family and friends, good health and the best clients and readers in the world. I can’t imagine myself doing anything else that I would enjoy more in life than what I’m doing now. I hope that you feel the same way about what you do, and if not, I hope you’ll take steps in your life to move closer to the activities that bring you joy and happiness. It’s really about getting what you need and want out of the day rather than getting through the day.
A Quick Stock Market Update
The last few weeks have been quite volatile in the stock markets, and to be honest with you, it was really all my fault. Right after I sent out my last newsletter update about the Federal Reserve pumping up the markets, we entered into a long overdue correction (a decline in prices). As I had mentioned, the markets had gone straight up during September, October and early November, so it was no surprise that a correction was coming. We have swung up and down and sideways without much upside and thankfully without much downside either.
In some cases, I took advantage of this correction to “prune” (sell) certain client positions to lock in profits or avoid losses. This past Tuesday, a day when everything was trending downward and things looked like they were about to fall apart (a day where about 90% of all asset classes were down) due to the events in Europe and South Korea, I took 95% of our available cash and invested it at the lows of the recent market range. We were immediately rewarded yesterday as all the markets were up “big” to kick off what I hope to be a great year-end Santa Claus rally. Seasonally, this period of the year tends to be the strongest for gains in the markets. While we are technically still in a correction phase, I expect the uptrend to resume soon (but my crystal ball is still in the shop). Recent economic news has been very positive, some much better than expected, and first time unemployment claims this week surprised nicely to the downside.
I still remain optimistic about a positive finish to the year and the rally continuing into 2011 as the economy recovers. I believe that this is the best time to be invested in the markets as Uncle Sam has told us that he wants the markets higher. Consider taking advantage of this recent market correction to dip your toes into the market. I like that most are pessimistic about the markets since that tends to propel them higher. Yes, we have economic worries, future inflation, high unemployment and a moribund housing market, but those problems didn’t develop overnight, so they won’t be solved overnight either. We are making progress, and that’s what really counts.
Later in December, I will send out my 2011 market and economic outlook newsletter. In the meantime, year-end tax planning is in full swing and hopefully you’ve benefitted from my year-end tax planning newsletter and tips. Remember, if you’re thinking about an IRA to Roth conversion in 2010, you only have about five weeks to complete it. Don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss whether this option is appropriate for you. I am also available to help with your year-end financial or tax planning.
Enjoy your holiday weekend and please let me know if I can be of any help. And remember: 50%+ off sales are great, but the best sales are those that save you more than 100% (that is, when you save and invest the money instead..sorry I couldn’t resist). By the way, I was recently quoted in another online financial story-see the link below about Six Ways to Gift Money to Family.
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Sam H. Fawaz CFP®, CPA is president of YDream Financial Services, Inc., a registered investment advisor. Sam is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®), Certified Public Accountant and registered member of the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA) fee-only financial planner group. Sam has expertise in many areas of personal finance and wealth management and has always been fascinated with the role of money in society. Helping others prosper and succeed has been Sam’s mission since he decided to dedicate his life to financial planning. He specializes in entrepreneurs, professionals, company executives and their families.
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