Posts by Thad Gilliam, CFA, CFP®

20 Second Advisor: Wild Returns – Why You’ll Rarely Have A 10% Return (in a given year).

I often try to gauge a client’s understanding of investing by asking, “What is your return expectation/hope for your portfolio?” Conservative investors will often want 4-6% returns. Aggressive investors may hope for higher returns (maybe 8-10%). Unfortunately, it is VERY rare to get returns in this range. Investing is all about bearing the UNCERTAINTY of…

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20 Second Advisor: The 12% Your Coworker Lost

Markets are unpredictable.  Part of being a long term investor is bearing the uncertainty of the market.  Will it go up this year?  Or down? Study after study shows* that most DIY investors make poor market timing decisions.  When markets go down, people get antsy.  It’s HARD to see your assets go down in value. …

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20 Second Advisor: Make it happen in 2019!

It’s the most wonderful time of year.  That time when you gather with family, celebrate the holidays, and dust the cobwebs off your old budget.  But, seriously, I love this time of year.  We are looking into the new year and trying to guess/dream/figure out what we’d like to accomplish in 2019. Vision is the…

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20 Second Advisor: 6 Last-Minute Retirement Strategies

In a perfect world, everyone would be on track for their retirement goals. More often than not, people are usually playing “catch up” in their 50s and 60s to realize their retirement goals (working less/not all all, traveling, buying a vacation home, etc.). Here’s a quick breakdown of “6 Last-Minute Retirement Planning Strategies”¹. Save Like…

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