August 2010 wesletter


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The August Wesletter discusses investing during a recession and how to handle sudden wealth.

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August 2010 wesletter

  1. 1. Wesletter July 2010 Vol. 2 No. 7 Investment and Planning Insights from Wesban After the Storm Severe market declines can scare investors into selling at the worst possible time: when prices are at their lowest. Sticking with your investment strategy through tough times requires careful planning and discipline, but it is more likely to pay off in the long run. The image illustrates the average performance of stocks, bonds, and a diversified portfolio during and after four U.S. recessions. During recessions, stocks performed the worst and bonds the best, while the diversified portfolio offered a middle ground. However, after the recessions and in the long run, stocks provided the highest returns, followed by the diversified portfolio; bonds did not measure up. There are two lessons here: 1) Since you cannot know for certain when the market will bottom out, if you are invested, stay invested, and 2) Diversify in order to reduce downside risk. About Wesban The Wesban Team Wesban provides financial 205-995-7778 planning and conservative investment management designed to help families and small businesses grow, protect, and transfer wealth.
  2. 2. Wesban Financial Consultants, P.C. Investment and Planning Insights from Wesban July 2010 2 Handling Sudden Wealth Before planning your long-term investment strategy, make sure you've taken care of some immediate needs. Establish an emergency fund (make it three to six months' worth of expenses), If you have suddenly come into a large sum of and if you've been carrying consumer debt like car money, whether it’s a payout from an inheritance, loans or big credit-card balances, now's a great the lottery, stock options, or a favorable verdict in time to pay it all off. a lawsuit, there are some important steps that you might want to take. Finally, consider how your windfall can serve you for long-term goals such as paying for children's First and foremost, try to keep your bearings about education and your retirement. The questions are you. Don’t immediately quit your job; avoid any many. You might want to consult with a financial temptations to spend most or all of it on frivolous planner, who can help you figure out all the items. Be on the lookout for crooked financial complicated variables and options. operators who make offers that seem too good to be true, or friends and family who appear out of the blue with loan requests and business proposals. Don't feel that you have to invest your money right away. There's nothing wrong with letting it sit in the bank while you carefully consider your options. No matter how you've obtained your windfall, there will be tax consequences. It is highly recommended that you consult with a tax lawyer to make sure you follow the right steps. ©2010 Morningstar, Inc. All Rights Reserved. The information contained herein (1) is intended solely for informational purposes; (2) is proprietary to Morningstar and/or the content providers; (3) is not warranted to be accurate, complete, or timely; and (4) does not constitute investment advice of any kind. Neither Morningstar nor the content providers are responsible for any damages or losses arising from any use of this information. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. "Morningstar" and the Morningstar logo are registered trademarks of Morningstar, Inc. The Wesban Team Wesban Financial Consultants, Tel:205-995-7778 P.C. 1800 Providence Park Suite 200 Birmingham, Alabama 35242