Guiding Principles for Changing Markets

Mackey Advisors™ Investment Intent

“What is your intention?”  It’s a big question, and one that leads nearly every aspect of your life – including the parts that deal with money. An investment intent is based on the intractable belief we have in the principles and practices that guide our decision-making for our investment portfolios.  In times of market upheaval… Read More

IRA Contributions

So instead of wasting your time trying to convince you how great they are, I would rather discuss the mechanics of how you take advantage of them. Devise a savings strategy and start the automatic saving. IRAs come in two flavors: Traditional and Roth.  Traditional IRAs are tax-deferred, i.e., money grows year-after-year without Uncle Sam… Read More

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2015 Investment Report: Dare to Believe?

Looking back on 2014, people are going to say it was a great year to be an investor. They won’t remember how uncertain the journey felt right up to the last day of a year that saw the S&P 500 close at a record level on 53 different days. Think back over a good year… Read More

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Market volatility is up… So what?

Professional investors know something that most people find impossible to believe: that the threat of scary ups and downs in the markets is by far the best friend of the long-term investor. Why? Because over the long term, stocks have provided returns far higher than bonds or cash. If it weren’t for the occasional dizzying… Read More

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Dollar Cost Averaging

If fear of the market keeps you up at night, one of the best and most effective ways to take advantage of any market event, good or bad, is to consider using an investment strategy called dollar cost averaging. You can automate this method to force you to invest on a regular basis regardless of… Read More

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Diversification – Creating a Balanced Investment Portfolio

One method to alleviate your fear of the market is to do your homework on “the market”. Not all assets behave in the same manner at the same time. Some go up when others go down. By building a portfolio that takes this into consideration, you spread your risk across all areas of the market…. Read More

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Overcoming Fear of “The Market”

7 Reasons Investors are Scared to Invest

You may or may not consider yourself a savvy investor.  But you do consider yourself a “safe” investor.  You have money stashed away for a rainy day, your kid’s education and your own retirement.  And you don’t take “risks”.  You want to know that money will be there 5, 10, 20 years from now.  So… Read More

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Procrastination Doesn’t Pay

The Little Things Add Up

At any age, saving for retirement is and should be a very high priority.  The concept is easy; start early, save as much as you realistically can, and put your money into a diversified portfolio, is and always has been critical to being prosperous in retirement.  One aspect that is often overlooked is the timing… Read More

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5 Keys to Smart Investing

Making decisions about your retirement account can seem overwhelming, especially if you feel unsure about your knowledge of investments.  However, the following basic rules can help you make smarter choices regardless of whether you have some investing experience or are just getting started.    Don’t lose ground to inflation It’s easy to see how inflation… Read More

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Small Amounts Can Add Up to Big College Savings

Small but frequent contributions to a 529 plan can mean a lot when it comes time to pay for college.

reposted from U.S. News & World Reportby: Reyna Gobel   Parents who stuff their children’s college funds with more than they can afford each month are setting themselves up for failure.    “Parents start off saving $500 per month, but then the car breaks down or they need new tires,” says Mackey McNeill, a certified public accountant… Read More