Amid 2020 predictions and Brexit, focus on what you can control to improve your financial well-being
You have probably noticed that most of the things that the “experts” are warning you to prepare for are things beyond your control. Rather than stare into a crystal ball and make predictions, we prefer to look at our clients’ priorities and hopes and focus on how we can help people get the best life possible with the money they have – no matter what happens in 2020.
You can’t control the global economy …
Brexit, tariffs, the US – China trade dispute, changes to energy and agriculture policy, mergers and acquisitions, and half a dozen surprises are going to affect how the world does business in 2020. Anyone’s guesses about how these factors will – or won’t – ripple through your portfolio are just that: guesses.
… but you can control how you make money.
No one loves everything about their work. But if you’re sticking with an unrewarding job for another year because you feel like you have to, you don’t. You can control the mindset with which you approach your job and appreciate how your efforts improve life for your end customers and for your family. Or, you can explore how you could reapply your existing skillset and interests in another, more fulfilling field, or at a different job with your current employer.
You can’t control the markets …
Here’s a prediction you can take to the bank: at some point in the next 12 months, something unexpected is going to send the markets into a tizzy. A Silicon Valley unicorn is going to have an underwhelming IPO. An earthquake on the other side of the world is going to require a big influx of aid. An election is going to spark two very different reactions from two very different groups of investors. In the short term, the market will go through a correction that sets off a whole new wave of doomsaying.
… but you can stick to your long-term plan.
In the long run, that correction is going to register as another small dip on a line that continues to trend upwards. As you’ve probably heard us say before, market volatility is just a tax that investors have to pay on wealth-building. Sticking to our long-term plan is a much safer and more reliable strategy than trying to “time” your savings and investments based on today’s headlines.
We look forward to helping you make 2020 another prosperous year.