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Top 7 Myths About Financial Planners: Part 2

In my previous blog, we reviewed truths 1-3 to dispel the myths about “real” financial planners..  Now we’ll cover myths 4-7.
 

Myth 4: Financial planners are only for the people with lots of money. 

 

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Top 7 Myths About Financial Planners: Part 1

U.S. households generally agree they need a financial plan to achieve long-term success and security.  However, too many households—including those with engineers and scientists—hold beliefs about financial planners that make them hesitant to seek out or work with a qualified financial planner.  

Here are eight truths to dispel the myths about “real” financial planners.

Myth 1: Financial planners are the same as stockbrokers, insurance agents and other financial salespeople.  

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17X – Not a Fitness Program, but It's Still PE

I’m a huge fan of P90X fitness programs, but 17X is not about fitness.  It’s about the U.S. stock market.

The stock market is a forward-looking barometer and reflects the future expectations of the economy.

One of the oldest and commonly used metrics to value individual stocks and the stock market is the price-to-earnings ratio (P/E ratio).  The P/E ratio is defined and calculated as market price per share divided by annual earnings per share.

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Diversification Is More Than Just Stocks And Bonds

Diversification is a fundamental concept of investing that was introduced to us through the groundbreaking, Nobel Prize-winning research of Harry Markowitz in the 1950s.

Most investors think of diversification from the traditional perspective, which means investing in different types of stocks and bonds in an effort to increase portfolio returns while mitigating risk.

Now, thanks to 60 years of empirically-validated financial science, we can expand our concept of diversification and consider it within the context of "factor investing.” Factors are simply sources of expected returns that are well documented in markets around the world and across different periods.

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Investor Sentiment – A Poor Measure of Irrational Exuberance

Former Fed Chief Alan Greenspan coined the phrase “Irrational Exuberance” in 1996, during the dot-com craze of the 1990s.  Many interpreted the phrase as his warning that the market was getting overvalued or overheated.

Since the dot-com bubble imploded in 2000, we’ve heard the phrase whenever someone perceives any kind of speculative frenzy in the stocks, housing, commodities or some other asset class or area of the economy.  For many, irrational exuberance means we’re in bubble territory.

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