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Q&A: What is the role of fixed income in a balanced portfolio?

Q&A: What is the role of fixed income in a balanced portfolio?

Balanced portfolios combine various asset classes and investment strategies to balance an appropriate level of risk with an acceptable level of return. These portfolios are typically comprised of a mix of equities (i.e. stocks) and fixed income (i.e. bonds). Historically, bonds have served three major purposes in balanced portfolios: diversification, capital preservation, and income generation.

Q&A: What steps should you take if you’re concerned about cognitive impairment for yourself or a loved one?

Q&A: What steps should you take if you’re concerned about cognitive impairment for yourself or a loved one?

Cognitive impairment is a growing reality as we age and can be difficult to either experience firsthand or watch a loved one suffer from, even if they only have mild cognitive impairment. Unfortunately, according to the Alzheimer’s Association website, approximately 12-18% of people age 60 or older are living with mild cognitive impairment, and more than 6 million Americans are affected by Alzheimer’s. Any form of cognitive impairment can put you or your loved one at risk for a financial mishap and undo years of careful planning.

Q&A: What is my risk tolerance, and why is it important?

Q&A: What is my risk tolerance, and why is it important?

Risk tolerance refers to the amount of loss an investor is prepared to take on when making an investment decision. Everyone has a different level of risk tolerance based on their personal financial situation and stage of life, and this level of tolerance plays a critical role in determining the allocation of your portfolio.

Q&A: How can I ensure my assets pass efficiently to my heirs? (Part 1)

Q&A: How can I ensure my assets pass efficiently to my heirs? (Part 1)

Protecting your assets and taking the necessary steps to provide a smooth transfer to your loved ones is important. Oftentimes, certain steps are not properly addressed, and a person’s assets end up controlled by the courts. Fortunately, for most people, there are simple steps you can take to ensure your assets and personal belongings transfer in a private manner.