Bonds or fixed income investments are considered ‘safe” investments. But we have experienced a bond bull market for 30 years – this will end, if it hasn’t already, when interest eventually begin to rise – we may still have a few years but they will rise.
“You don’t think your way into a new way of living. You live your way into a new way of thinking.” —
~ Father Henri J. M. Nouwen ~
I read this article and realized I could do a better job of telling my children how I feel about them.
I thought it useful to summarize my philosophy of investment advice. The volatility and uncertainty will progress unchanged as the years pass and an enduring approach to investment proven to work through the ages is the only sure way to succeed.
Generally speaking, my experience has been that successful investing is goal-focused and planning-driven, while most of the failed investing I’ve observed was market-focused and performance-driven. Achieving above average returns but living a dull and unexciting retirement would be failure for most of us – investment goals and a plan are the only sure way to succeed.
Another way of making the same point is to tell you that the really successful investors I’ve known were acting continuously on a plan—tuning out the fads and fears of the moment—while the unsuccessful investors I’ve encountered were continually (and randomly) reacting to economic and market “news.”
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