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Planning for Health Care Costs in Retirement

Posted by on Oct 13, 2015 in blog | Comments Off on Planning for Health Care Costs in Retirement

Among the items weighing heavily on a soon-to-be retiree’s mind is health care, and with good reason if you consider the statistics:

  • People age over 60 are expected to spend more on health and medical costs than on recreation and housing combined (Credit Suisse, Longer Lives July 2011)
  • On average $491,039 is spent by the average 65 year old for health care during a 20 year retirement (Jester Financial; retirement health care cost calculator)
  • From 2012-2022 healthcare rates are expected to increasing an average of 5.8% per year. (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services)

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Short-Term Volatility

Posted by on Aug 28, 2015 in blog | Comments Off on Short-Term Volatility

The equity markets have undergone a pullback in recent weeks.  Fixed income markets have been up during this time as investors have sold equity positions in favor of fixed income.  Our more conservative models have reduced equity allocations in favor of fixed income over the last year.  Our models are focused on the long-term and invest according to the fundamentals.   The markets were slightly inflated recently; this is why we have reduced the domestic equity positions in the models.

Short-term volatility can be a cause for discomfort, however, over the long-term, managing assets according to a disciplined model has proved to be the best approach.  We are examining value opportunities as the equity markets have receded.  We will continue to evaluate the fundamentals thoroughly during this short-term, volatile period.  Buying opportunities typically arise after a short-term selloff.  As always, if you have any questions pertaining to how we mitigate risk in the portfolios, we are available via phone or email.

–HFS Asset Management Committee

Retirement Income Planning – Part 2

Posted by on Aug 18, 2015 in blog | Comments Off on Retirement Income Planning – Part 2

Once you have secured a steady stream of retirement income, the next step is to make sure that you continue to give yourself a raise every year.  Just as you were accustomed to regular increases in income during your working years, in retirement you will need to increase your income over time as well in order to stay ahead of inflation.

Inflation takes a toll on fixed-income investments because they are just that: fixed. If your cost of living goes up at the average historical national inflation rate of about 3.6% each year, your income has to be able to increase by that amount as well to maintain the same standard of living. Fixed investments are not designed to grow over time.  Their main purpose is to provide a steady stream of FIXED income. (more…)

Retirement Income Planning – Part 1

Posted by on Jul 23, 2015 in blog | Comments Off on Retirement Income Planning – Part 1

Retirement income planning is a hot topic today that bears some discussion.  This is the first in a series of articles that will tackle the issues most important to those of us facing retirement in the next  ten to 15 years.

When contemplating retirement, the major financial concern is the replacement of a steady income that used to come from a regular paycheck.  This income needs to outpace inflation and last throughout retirement, a period that can be 20 years or longer. (more…)

Long Term Investing in a Volatile World

Posted by on Jul 15, 2015 in blog | Comments Off on Long Term Investing in a Volatile World

The global economy has experienced a flurry of economic news recently,  including U.S. interest rate increase expectations, Greece debt, and volatility in China.  In the short term, the news of these events can cause the financial markets to react sharply.   Financial markets in the short term are sensitive to uncertainty, causing volatility.  As we elongate the time horizon, and stretch the financial forecasts and models to longer term, e.g. 3 – 5 years, this reduces the volatility.  Economic news and short term reactions are a normal part of the global economic landscape.  When viewed in short time horizons, the markets appear volatile. (more…)

THE GREEK DEBT CRISIS

Posted by on Jul 14, 2015 in blog | Comments Off on THE GREEK DEBT CRISIS

Greece is in the headlines regarding its position within the European Union (EU) and its ability to pay its July 20 bond payment.

 It’s important to keep Greece’s economic impact in perspective and to note that the risk of a Greek default in terms of its broader economic impact is reduced today relative to prior flare-ups of this question (though not eliminated, of course). As economist David Rosenberg wrote in his June 16, 2015, “Breakfast with Dave” column, “Remember that we are talking about a $240 billion economy here or 2% of the eurozone GDP [0.3% of global GDP].” Moreover, more than 80% of the total €315 billion Greek debt is held by government-related/taxpayer-supported entities, such as the ECB, International Monetary Fund, and the European Financial Stability Facility, according to data from Capital Economics. (more…)

Teach Your Children Well

Posted by on Apr 17, 2015 in blog | Comments Off on Teach Your Children Well

Teaching our children well is a responsibility all parents share. Here is an article with tips for how to teach your children about money and how to use it wisely. Read More.