Keeping You Up-to-Date and Informed
The second of a four-part blog about the implications of overnight wealth.
In my first blog post investigating the consequences of Coming into wealth, I focused on the psychology rather than the practicality of the issue. This time I want to be more down to earth. My convictions about this matter can be summed up in three words: Get a plan.
Failure to plan means planning to fail
The impact of sudden wealth highlights one of the oldest adages in wealth management: failure to plan means planning to fail.
This means that if you don’t have a wealth advisor, get one. Or, if you have a trusted advisor, go see him/her pronto. Lay out the facts. Discuss the scope of the challenge. Roll-up your sleeves. Get to work. Most important of all: resist the urge to spend. You have plenty of time for that.
Global markets since early March have continued to trade with a mildly cautious tone following strong gains of the past year. A period of consolidation should be expected as profit-taking sets in, economic forecasts catch up to the recent firming in activity data, anticipated timelines for President Trump’s pro-growth legislative agenda lengthen and geo-political noise picks up on a multitude of fronts. Given this bout of market volatility has been quite mild (S&P500: -2%; TSX: -1.7% from their late February – early March peaks) and orderly thus far, there is scope for further modest consolidation over the remainder of the second quarter within the normal bounds of this late-stage bull market. To be sure, economic fundamentals remain on solid footing with the global recovery broadening out to Europe and Asia with particularly encouraging data out of China in recent weeks. Thus, the medium-term backdrop for global markets remains constructive and we see any second quarter market pullback as an attractive opportunity to put cash to work.
Research and Reports
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