What Should I Do in a Bear Market?

We get this question often, especially in down markets like we are experiencing now.  “What do I do when the market is correcting?” “What do I do if we are in a bear market?” “If there is a recession, what does that mean for me and my planning and investments?” We strive to construct an …

Investing in a Good Night’s Sleep

B&C prides itself on being a preservation of capital money manager and managing money in a way that allows our clients to sleep at night. When the world seems too chaotic and unsettling, most people want to know that they—and their portfolios—are in good hands. We accomplish this goal by building a diversified portfolio tailored …

Why I Don’t Manage My Own Portfolio

Upon graduating from the University of Florida in 2012 (how has it already been so long?!), I accepted a position as an Assistant Investment Manager with B&C Financial Advisors. In this position, my main roles with the firm were reviewing client portfolios, researching companies for our investment models, and analyzing the existing portfolios of prospective …

Should You Buy “Guaranteed Income”?

During times of economic uncertainty, it is common for people to seek out financial advice as they seek to answer the question: Am I going to outlive my money, or is my money going to outlive me? In response to this higher demand for advice on how to not outlive their money, many financial advisors …

Investing in Stocks is Risky, How Do You Manage the Risk?

As much as we’d all love to live in a world where bad things never happen, the unfortunate reality is nearly everything in life involves some kind of risk. Whether we are driving to work, playing sports, or having children, we are taking risks every day. Many of these risks are so low we may …

Should You Still Consider Buying Bonds in Your Portfolio?

When the COVID pandemic began just over one year ago, the Federal Reserve lowered rates from 1.75% to near 0%, causing yields on fixed income instruments across the spectrum to drop to historic lows.  This helped cushion the blow from the pandemic, but it also created a conundrum for investors to consider – should I …

The Importance of Understanding Inflation

You might have heard the saying, “A dollar today is worth more than a dollar in the future.” This is a popular quote regarding the time value of money. It illustrates the idea that a dollar in the future will not be able to buy the same value of goods and services as it does …

A Word from the Investment Department: Coronavirus Considerations

Back in March, when COVID-19 was causing a quick and severe correction in the stock market, we wrote a post outlining some of the advice we were giving our clients at that time. This advice included ideas such as not panicking, remembering long-term goals, and being proactive rather than reactive. These ideas coincide with how …

The Coronavirus Has Infected the Stock Market…Now What?

With the coronavirus now spreading across over 100 countries, it is clear the effects from the virus are widespread and significant. In attempts to mitigate these effects, entire countries have implemented quarantines, multinational corporations have instituted “work from home” protocols in various cities across the globe, and people everywhere have started to accumulating various dry …

Ten Years On: Four Personal Finance Lessons Learned from the Great Recession

By Adam Oerther, CFP® Officially, the “Great Recession” was the period between December 2007 and June 2009 when the U.S. economy contracted by 4.2%. Over 8 million jobs were lost, and unemployment rose to 10%. Many who bought homes in 2006 and 2007 suddenly found themselves “underwater” in their mortgages (owing more on their homes …