Behavior Finance

Is raising children really that expensive?

Is raising children really that expensive?

My wife Krista and I have been blessed with three children. In case you have lost count, Austin and his wife Jennifer have been blessed with eight children (and counting?).

As Austin likes to say, “I’m not an expert on parenting; I just have a lot of experience.” When it comes to the financial side of bearing and raising children, the team here at The Wealth Group has a lot of experience. Between our 8 team members, we are raising 23 children (with more on the way).

We're Not in the Prediction Business

We're Not in the Prediction Business

As I write this post (on 8/7/19), the S&P 500 Index is 5.75% off its recent high. As I prepare to post this to our website (two days later, on 8/9/19), the U.S. market has rallied a bit, so that we are less than 4% off the all-time high for the S&P 500 Index. When you put it like that, it doesn’t sound too bad. But if you’re watching the news, it can feel a whole lot worse. And if you’re checking the value of your portfolio online each day (a really bad idea), it’s painful to see the declines in your portfolio – even if they are modest in the grand scheme of things.

On Knowing Nothing Different

On Knowing Nothing Different

 

Growing up, I was always intrigued by money. I liked earning it, and I really liked saving it.

In May 1997, about a month shy of my 14th birthday, I biked from our family’s home in Eden Prairie over to the Chanhassen McDonald’s – a one-mile ride. I went with a friend from the neighborhood. We both applied for jobs there on the spot, and I remember nervously wondering if they had any interest in hiring me.

Saving for My Daughter's Wedding

Saving for My Daughter's Wedding

Earlier this year, I took my daughter Evelyn to our first “Daddy/Daughter Dance” at Life Time Fitness. While I was merely an accessory as she twirled and twirled on the dance floor, it was a wonderful night for us.

Evie turns 4 next month. About a month before the dance, my wife Krista bought a dress with Evie at Costco to wear for the dance. Evie called it her “ballet tutu dress”, and she proudly wore that dress nearly every day in the weeks leading up to the dance.

Someday, I’ll be walking my little girl down the church aisle on her wedding day. [insert deep sigh] One of the habits outlined in Stephen Covey’s classic book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is to begin with the end in mind. With our daughter, that means looking ahead to the day she leaves us and joins her life to her future husband. While our roles as father and mother won’t end at that point, we want to be thinking now about the kind of woman we hope she will be on her wedding day – and about the kind of man we hope she will marry.

Do What Millionaires Do

Do What Millionaires Do

In his recent book Everyday Millionaires: How Ordinary People Built Extraordinary Wealth – and How You Can Too, author Chris Hogan sets out to prove “The American Dream is Alive and Available.” To write this book, Hogan’s team at Ramsey Solutions surveyed and/or interviewed more than 10,000 Americans over the past year.

His book follows the footsteps of one of The Wealth Group’s all-time favorite books, The Millionaire Next Door. Books like these are great at myth-busting the popular culture’s conceptions about millionaires in America. What most people think about millionaires in America is often incorrect.

The Importance of Timing Market Returns: Sort of

The Importance of Timing Market Returns: Sort of

You can’t time the market. At least I can’t. Market timing is an investment hypothesis that has been tried for the 240 years of stock exchange history in the United States. 

 

The basic idea is to buy an investment when it is “low” or undervalued, and then sell that investment when it is “high” or overvalued. The problem is that I don’t know when the “low” or “high” has truly occurred. I know when investments are “lower” and “higher”, because those terms are always relative to some reference point in the past.  

Do the Next Right Thing Now

Do the Next Right Thing Now

My wife and I enjoy taking time to talk about what we want our life to look like when we reach the point of financial independence. It is exciting to do this exercise, as it helps keep the reason behind saving, investing, and other smart financial decisions at the forefront of your mind.

Early 2019 Market Update

Early 2019 Market Update

As a part of The Wealth Group’s systematic investing process we have developed and refined, we update and review your portfolio and the internal holdings on a regular basis. This is an update based on that process, and there is no action required on your end.