The coronavirus continues to have an unprecedented human and economic toll, and as we face our “new normal,” no sector of the economy is immune to the potential impact or resulting downturn, including family offices.
Taxpayers who took RMDs as early as January 1 now have the option to roll the funds back into a retirement account by the end of August.
Stocks rebounded from a dismal March by posting their best monthly returns since 1987, as investors were encouraged by the expectation of additional government stimulus programs and hope that the economy would be reopening soon.
It won’t always be easy, but it’s worth deciding how you want to share your legacy so the process goes smoothly.
Legendary investor Warren Buffett is famous for his long-term perspective. He has said that he likes to make investments he would be comfortable holding even if the market shut down for 10 years. Investing with an eye to the long term is particularly important with stocks. Historically, equities have typically outperformed bonds, cash, and inflation, though past performance is no guarantee of future results and those returns also have involved higher volatility. It can be challenging to have Buffett-like patience during periods such as 2000-2002, when the stock market fell for 3 years in a row, or 2008, which was the worst year for the Standard & Poor's 500* since the Depression era. Times like those can frazzle the nerves of any investor, even the pros. With stocks, having an investing strategy is only half the battle; the other half is being able to stick to it.