It’s episode 43 of Payne Points of Wealth and the major indices continue to March higher. Everything is focused on the fed right now. Are they going to raise interest rates? Are they going to do it next year? The year after? Is the economy getting too hot? Is it going to slow down? Are we just going to get one big burst of demand from people with their stimulus checks before everything slows down and the market crashes? Well, that’s what’s on investor’s minds today. We’re going to address all those issues. We’re going to give you our playbook this week for how you have to think about the markets and the economy. On the tipping point today, we’re going to talk about all the biggest concerns our clients at Payne capital management have right now when it comes to their portfolio and financial plan so that you can address the same issues in yours.
You will want to hear this episode if you are interested in…
- The market is partying like it’s 1999 and the Fed is trying to take the punch bowl! [1:16]
- Let’s be real… what we know [3:25]
- Value stocks are where the money is right now [6:54]
- The Tipping Point [11:16]
- Should you be doing anything to lower your taxes? [16:40]
- Hidden Facts of Finance [21:26]
Who cares if the Fed raises interest rates in two years!
It doesn’t matter what Jay Powell says or when they’re going to raise interest rates, the market’s going to determine it way before they do. And let’s be real here, we have outrageously cheap money. We’ve got trillions of dollars that consumers are sitting on and we know consumers drive the US economy. It’s all about spending money. We know wages are going up. We’ve got a labor shortage. We’ve been talking about this week after week. And at the end of the day, if you’re an investor, it’s all about earnings going up. And earnings continue to come in better and better. Companies are going to make a lot of money and prices are going up. What else do we need to know? It doesn’t matter if the Fed’s going to raise interest rates in two years. Who cares? It’s not news.
This week on the tipping point: Pressing financial issues people are facing
One question we are getting from clients right now is, is my portfolio in a good position for inflation? What are we going to do if inflation goes to where it was back in the 1970s? It’s an issue that should be on everybody’s mind. It’s been on Bob’s mind since the day he started back in 1975. Inflation is real, even though it’s hidden, it’s insidious, it’s hideous, but it’s always there. It’s constant. We’re hearing all about what’s going to happen with this coming inflation, but what about the inflation that’s already here? We run financial plans for our clients every day and we do these wealth projections. We’re showing that even at 2% inflation, the cost of living is going to double every 20 years and a lot of you aren’t prepared for that.
The other question we’re getting is, should we be doing anything to lower our taxes? How are we going to pay for all this stimulus and government spending? You don’t need to be an economist to figure out that taxes are probably going up. Someone’s going to pay for these trillions of dollars worth of infrastructure projects and all of the benefits that we’ve been giving out over the course of the last year. So the question is, how do you prepare for higher taxes? Give unto Caesar that of which is Caesar’s, but don’t give him any of yours. In other words, don’t pay more taxes than you have to and there’s a lot of things in your portfolio that you can do to reduce the amount of taxes you’re paying. Things like owning exchange-traded funds or municipal bonds, for example. Check out the episode for more!
This week’s hidden facts of finance
In a recent research paper, under-performance at public retirement plans was mainly attributed to overpaying for alternative asset managers who could be replaced by cheap index funds, saving something like $70 billion a year. Here’s a little hidden fact of finance… the markets are a zero-sum game so if somebody’s winning, that means somebody’s losing. Does it surprise you that public retirement plans are on the losing end? No shock here.
We all get offered all these alternative and brokerage products, hoping that we can gain the market. If I’m a $30 billion pension plan who has access to the best managers and they can’t gain the market, what chance do you and I have? Low-cost indexes or the name of the game! I wish I could let every public retirement plan know my favorite Bob-ism and that’s “Wall Street is full of ordinary people promising to give you extraordinary results.”
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