If YOU or your PARENTS have a RETIREMENT account, (or any investment accounts for that matter) NOW is the TIME to get CONNECTED to how those ACCOUNTS are INVESTED. While you may have OUTSOURCED all of this to a BROKER in the PAST, YOU can NO longer AFFORD to ALLOW your INVESTMENTS to be made WITHOUT your clear UNDERSTANDING of exactly WHAT you are INVESTING in, HOW and whether YOUR investments ALIGN with your PLANS for the FUTURE.
Now is the time to truly understand what you have, and use it wisely.
If you or your parents have a retirement account, and you are not intimately connected to how your assets are being invested, it’s time to get more involved.
Log in to your retirement account or pull your last statement and look. Many brokerages select investment funds for their clients’ portfolios based on rates of growth. They’ll offer investment options based on a few tiers of growth and risk, and very often you have no idea what your assets are actually invested in.
Labels like “slow-growth” or “conservative” or “high-growth” or “income” aren’t enough to tell you exactly where your money is invested. So what you want to do now is look at your statement, which should contain the names of the funds chosen for you, and you can go from there to do your research. Look up each of the funds on sites like Yahoo Finance to see what you are investing in, and whether you understand these companies, believe in their future growth, and want to stay invested there.
If your investments are tied to an index, like the S&P, are you willing to keep betting on its growth? If not, now may be the time to make a shift. It’s possible that you have some losses right now, so you’ll have to decide if you want to lock in and limit those losses (and potentially trade some future gains even) to get more connected to what you are investing in now.
Go through this process with your parents, too. The money they have invested in the stock market is part of your overall family wealth. If it’s not there to support them through their senior years, that financial responsibility will eventually fall to you. Having these conversations
with them now can be difficult, but it’s important. And if you need help with this, please let us know, and we can support you as you raise these issues with them.
If you have a broker you work with, call them now, and ask to get on a video conference. Then, have them help you review each investment, why it’s been chosen, and whether there may be better or other options for you or your parents.
Here’s the key: make sure you understand it, and don’t hang up the phone until you do. If your broker is using words you don’t understand, or jargon, keep asking questions until you do understand.
If you need a referral to an advisor, or want us to sit down with you to help you look at what you have, give us a call.
With everything that is happening in the world—and with the volatility of the stock market and our current reality —knowing your options is vital to preserving the life and legacy your parents have worked to build. If you need help figuring out how to best preserve these assets, we are here and ready to support you.
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