Category: Financial Planning

Just A Few Things.

If you are an investment client of Financial Planning Associates, Inc., your preliminary 3rd quarter reports have been posted in your secure web portal. During the quarter our clients’ investment accounts increased in value by an aggregate average amount of 2.35%. Our most aggressively managed portfolio increased by 9.22% during the quarter. The average increase during the past 12 months… Read more →

Healthcare, Blockchain, Quarterlies, and More.

Our financial planning clients know that one of the great concerns during financial independence (retirement) is the uncertainty regarding healthcare costs. In fact, for the past twenty years or so we have modeled healthcare costs using a 6% annual inflation rate, twice the general rate of 3%. I still recommend this, however, there is the possibility that new technologies can… Read more →

Now Women, That’s A Whole ‘Nuther Thang!

Now women, that’s a whole ‘nuther thang! — Keb’ Mo’ Keb’ Mo’ is a blues singer, a Grammy Award winning blues singer. Like most blues singers he writes songs that are unpretentious, down to earth. Songs like the one named above. Question: Very interesting, Carl, but what does that have to do with my financial plan? Answer: It might have… Read more →

The 2009 Bull Market Continues!

The 2009 Bull Market Continues! In early 2009, following the 2008 global credit crisis the US stock market began an upward movement which has continued without significant interruption. (See graphic below.) Of course, one question that is on the minds of many investors now is, “Can this continue?” I can answer that question. The answer is, “Yes, it can. But… Read more →

Our investors have done well!

Our investors continue to gain on inflation! During the third quarter of 2017 our investors’ portfolios, in the aggregate have increased in value by 4.12%. The average annualized return for our investors during the past 5 years has been +5.31%. The precise rate of inflation during the past 5 years is not yet known, but a good estimate would be about… Read more →