Personal Finance


“I am prepared for the worst, but hope for the best.” – Benjamin Disraeli, British statesman and novelist On May 23, 2019, the U.S. House of Representatives, in a near-unanimous vote of 417-3, passed the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act.  The SECURE Act contained significant changes to retirement accounts, required minimum distributions (RMD), and inherited IRAs. A few days later, on June...

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“It was impossible to get a conversation going, everybody was talking too much.“ —Yogi Berra, Major League Baseball player, manager and Baseball Hall of Fame member You’ve heard it said before—never discuss religion and politics. It’s easy to understand why. Some folks hold very strong opinions, and it’s easy to get swept up into an unwinnable argument. Interestingly enough, though, politics and religion aren’t considered...

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“Stay in your seat come times of trouble. It’s only people who jump off the roller coaster who get hurt.” – Paul Harvey, American radio broadcaster for the ABC Radio Networks Over the last five years you have received our Monthly Insight letter.  The purpose of this communique is to explain investment principles, educate the reader on how The Nalls Sherbakoff Group views investing and the market, and illuminate you on investor...

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“The oldest old—people age 85 or older—constitute the fastest growing segment of the U.S. population… And living to 100 is becoming increasingly commonplace.” – National Institute of Aging, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services A large majority of you, our clients, are retired or within a few years of retirement.  Further, those who are nearing retirement are looking forward to 30+ years of retirement.  In other...

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I’ve heard there’s going to be a recession. I’ve decided not to participate. –Walt Disney Defining a recession Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem, “The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere,” retells the story of a patriot who shouts a harrowing warning to his fellow colonists, “A recession is coming! A recession is coming!” Well, that’s not quite the story, but given the seemingly non-ending talk about a recession, you might think that...

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“The only discipline that lasts is self-discipline.” Bum Phillips–American football coach at the high school, college, and professional levels Since 1994, DALBAR’s Quantitative Analysis of Investor Behavior (QAIB) has measured the effects of investors’ decisions to buy, sell, and switch into and out of mutual funds over short- and long-term time periods. The 25th Annual QAIB was recently released and the results show the average...

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