More than one-third of respondents to the “Q3 Quarterly Market Perceptions Study” from Allianz Life Insurance Co. back in October said market volatility was making them nervous about their nest egg, and more than two-thirds said they were keeping some money out of the market to protect it from loss.
In today’s economy, employers are in an ongoing fight with one another to lure the top candidates available. Those seeking employment acknowledge the leverage that they now have and seek to capitalize on it by obtaining the highest overall compensation possible. In response, major companies are getting creative with benefit offerings to keep pace with their competitors.
Investment choices made based on environmental, social and governance factors are becoming exponentially popular. The growing interest from retail investors and institutions is becoming too big to ignore. So, what is it, and how will it affect the future investing landscape?
When investment options that are most accessible to the investing public seem volatile or uncertain, investors may look to other options that are independent and uncorrelated to the stock and bond markets. Private equity provides an opportunity to gain exposure to alternative investments that are not available on public financial markets. Because the performance of an alternative investment in something like private equity is not linked to market performance, adding diversity to your portfolio via an alternative investment strategy is something you may want to think about.
The typical down payment on a home ranges between 5% and 20% of the home’s purchase price, which doesn’t include extra closing costs after the sale. Those who have saved thousands of dollars for a down payment now face an interesting dilemma regarding what to do with that cash until their dream home becomes available. This question is more complex today than it has been historically due to low interest rates on savings accounts, coupled with increasing pressure from inflation. However, many are also wary of investing their money in something that could potentially provide a negative return.
Here are three things to consider as you decide what to do with your down payment while you wait.
Peter Thiel, a PayPal co-founder, invested approximately $2,000 worth of PayPal shares in a Roth IRA during the late 1990’s. Today, those shares are worth an estimated $5 billion, and Thiel won’t owe taxes on any of the gain if he waits until the age of 59 ½ to withdraw money from that account. Although it’s unlikely that Thiel’s success can be replicated by an ordinary investor, his story demonstrates that Roth IRAs are a great place to hold those investments carrying a high-risk, high-return label.
A living trust can offer an effective strategy for passing and granting assets. Here’s what you need to know!