What Goes Up Must Come Down - or Does it?

What Goes Up Must Come Down - or Does it?

One little known fact about me is that that I’ve actually had first-hand experience with our last two stock market crashes. First, as a young investor during the dot.com bubble. Second, as an advisor during the 2008 financial crisis.

As we’ve reached stock market highs recently I’ve been thinking a lot about our last recession. At that time we saw a peak of the DJIA, (“the Dow” and the typical benchmark used when you hear a reference to “the market”) on October 9th, 2007 and a bottom on March 6th, 2009. By that time it had lost over 54% of its value. So if someone bought into an investment tracking the Dow on October 9th 2007 their investment would have been about half that value on March 6th, 2009.

What I Learned During the Last Recession

What I Learned During the Last Recession

Happy October!  If it weren’t for the pumpkin spice lattes I wouldn’t believe it myself.  As we find ourselves treading in waters of historical market highs and approaching the end of the year, now is the perfect time to take inventory of your investment strategies.  

Since I’m in my 30s, people don’t always realize that I’ve actually had first-hand experience with our last two market crashes.  First, as a young investor during the dot.com bubble. Second, as an advisor during the 2008 financial crisis. I remember September 15th of 2008 when Bank of America bought out Merrill Lynch and Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy.  It felt like the world around me had changed in a day. I learned a lot from our last recession including a few things that may help when taking inventory of your portfolio.  

Things to Consider When Going Back to School

Things to Consider When Going Back to School

Now that Labor Day’s passed, summer is officially over and it’s time to head back to school. But it’s not all for the kids sometimes. We’re big on education funding around Merino Wealth so this time of year can be really exciting as we see clients move forward with the goals we’ve been planning for.  One thing I’ve noticed is that many of our clients hitting 10-15 years in the workforce are making moves. It’s like we hit this point where we look back at our hard work and decide we want more.  In some cases, that means going back to school to earn an advanced degree. It could mean changing industries or positions. At times, it includes taking a break from work to travel or spend time with family. In extreme cases, it may involve starting your own financial planning firm in a large metropolitan area.  

Let’s Talk Gender Money Gaps

Let’s Talk Gender Money Gaps

April 10th was a big day around Merino Wealth-Equal Pay Day.  This day highlights the gap between men and women’s wages and is currently held every April to symbolize how far into the year women need to work to make what men did in the previous year. It is always on Tuesday to "represent how far into the next work week women must work to earn what men earned the previous week.  In other words, because women earn less on average, they must work longer for the same pay.  

Welcome to the Merino Mindset

Welcome to the Merino Mindset

A handful of years ago a couple of clients came to me with a question.  The husband’s company was set to move their office from downtown Chicago to Ohio.  For a minute they considered uprooting their lives and decided that it wasn’t for them.  They took this change as a reason to take pause and evaluate his next move when a great idea came to mind.  What if we take a break-a “career break?”  Not only did they want to take a break, but they also wanted to travel the world while doing so.  And did I mention that they were in their 30s? Their question to me was whether or not it was in the cards financially.  Was it possible?