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The 4 Horsemen of Your Financial Apocalypse

As we stand on the brink of 2016, I am reminded of the age old story of the 4 Horsemen and would like to offer my commentary on their symbolization.  The four riders are seen representing conquest, war, famine, and death. It seems to me that, financially, this matches up to taxes, mistakes, drawdowns, and interest.

Taxes are a constants of our world but there are strategies to minimize your liability.  That is why we suggest a qualified tax expert to be part of your financial team.

Mistakes, we all make them in life and in our financial life as well. Buying the wrong stock on a hot tip; holding on to an investment for too long; spending time and resources on a bad business deal… the list is almost endless. Having a good financial representative on your team can give you an edge against some or all of these mistakes.

Drawdowns. Investopedia defines it as “The peak-to-trough decline during a specific record period of an investment, fund or commodity. A drawdown is usually quoted as the percentage between the peak and the trough.” Again, this is one of the big challenges that a good and objective financial representative can help you avoid. Many advisors are chasing the big returns and taking big risks in the process. The math is staggering- a 30% drawdown and a subsequent 30% return results in a 9% loss. It actually requires a 42% rebound to break even after a 30% drawdown.

Interest. Albert Einstein is quoted as saying “Compound interest is the eighth wonder of the world. He who understands it, earns it … he who doesn’t … pays it.” It has devastating effects if it is working against you. Paying the minimum on your credit card is an example of poor behavior that will kill you financially. Making smart choices and understanding the choices you make are essential. 

If you avoid these 4 horsemen in 2016, your financial results will be better.

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