Payne Points of Wealth

When You Hit A Portfolio Home Run Are You Smart Or Are You Lucky?, Ep 21

January 18, 2021

Welcome to episode 21 of Payne Points of Wealth! We are having a phenomenal start to 2021. Markets are going through the roof, interest rates and oil prices are going up. The “cyclical stocks”— those reopening stocks that we told you about— are starting to move. So the question is... how do you position your portfolio in 2021 to win? We're going to address that. We are also going to talk about some of the big questions that you probably don't have the answers to when it comes to your financial plan and things you need to address to make sure you're on solid footing in the year to come. 

 

You will want to hear this episode if you are interested in...

  • Tesla: Sell or hold on? [1:38]
  • Are you lucky or are you good? [3:20]
  • What’s time tested, affordable, & pays well? [6:37]
  • The Tipping Point [8:30]
  • F.E.A.R. [9:44]
  • You can’t ignore taxes [14:04]
  • Hidden Facts of Finance [17:24]

A fool and his money were lucky to get together in the first place

Investing is counter-intuitive. You want to own more of what's going up right now. That's what your brain screams. But the real way to create wealth is to put your dividends, interest, and savings into other asset classes when they are out of favor. For example, small company stock returns come in big at 6% for the first two weeks of 21’. Whoever had the most shares made the most money. 

However, when you hit a home run, like with Tesla. How was it that you decided on that investment? What's the next one based on your strategy. You have to ask yourself when hitting a homer in your portfolio, are you lucky or are you smart? The good news is you don’t have to be lucky or smart. You just have to be in! The better news is you can choose to be smart with the winnings and you’ll learn more about that when you check out the episode!

This week on the tipping point: Issues to address to build a solid financial plan

The acronym for fear— false evidence appearing real— applies here. When the market pulls back, we have this irrational fear that the market is going to drop to zero, so we make irrational decisions. We take our unrealized losses and we make them real rather than focusing on why we're investing in the first place. Which is, of course, our financial goals for the future, whether that's retirement or something else. The reality is if you own an all-weather portfolio, you can weather these crashes pretty well and ignore the noise. 

We waste so much time worrying about a market crash. Over the last decade we’ve had clients call saying, “Well, I think this is it. We're finally going to have another great financial crisis.” The irony is we finally did get a market crash last year and it was something nobody could have predicted. We were completely blindsided! Who could have predicted we would have a global pandemic, that the global economy would shut down. NO ONE figured that out. So the idea is, you always want to be prepared for a crash in your portfolio, have that protection in place because when the next crash comes, no one's going to know ahead of time.

This week’s hidden facts of finance

Since 1948 the S&P 500 index has returned an average of 14% a year when Democrats have controlled Congress and the White House. The S&P is already up over 2% in 2021 so we're already ahead of the game, only 12% to go. Wait a minute. Democrats aren't even in power yet. Why is it going up? Because at the end of the day as long as there is SOMEONE sitting in those chairs in the White House, Congress, and the Senate the stock market is going to go up. At least that’s what history has proved over the last 200 years. 

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