- About 50% of Americans own no stock directly or indirectly through mutual funds, ETFs, or retirement plans.
- The new name for socially responsible investing (SRI) is ESG (environmental, sustainable, governance) investing. Investors choose ESG funds to align with their values, mitigate risk, and impact world problems.
- The highest percentage of charitable giving is to religious organizations followed by “the needy.” Many more people make charitable gifts during their lifetime than at death.
- Money is currently no longer the most frequent source of arguments among couples; political differences are. Money is now the #2 stressor. When wives earn more than their husbands, conflict about money increases.
- People experiencing financial stress lose 13% of their IQ (mental “bandwith) according to research studies.
- About a third (34%) of elder abuse frauds are committed by family, friends, or neighbors. Warning signs include unusual activity in investment accounts, changes in legal documents, and checks made out to cash.
- Many people cannot afford multiple financial goals. What to do? Increase savings, defer some goals, fund lower level goals (e.g., a less expensive car), and accept a lower likelihood of success for less important goals.
- Fund financial goals concurrently, not sequentially. Otherwise, all of your financial goals will be short-term goals in conservative investments and decades of higher return investment growth will not be realized.
- A speaker showed a picture of a human brain and the letters “ABL,” which stand for “always be learning.”
Saturday, October 6, 2018
Conference Take-Aways from AFS and FPA
This week’s post is late because I attended two conferences as a presenter and for professional development. Below are my take-aways from the Academy of Financial Services (AFS) and the Financial Planning Association (FPA):
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