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Training Your Financial Garden to Bloom

The Money Nerve
Investing in a Bull Market

Training Your Financial Garden to Bloom

We often speak about putting your dollars to work or controlling your money to avoid bad fiscal habits controlling your actions or pinching your Money Nerve, but today I would like to discuss training your financial garden to bloom. When you plant a garden, you want to nourish the seeds, water the plants, pull out the weeds and give it some of your attention every day. Let’s apply that same concept to your garden of dollars to enrich what you have by growing your finances with a definite plan, proactive actions, and being mindful about money every day.

 

Bull Market Jitters

With the stock market at an all-time high, during this nine-year run of the Bull Market, many people are now wondering and worrying about the best time to harvest their returns. Do you cash out of the stock market now and funnel the cash into tangible assets like real estate or gold (up 2% in the last two weeks)? Or do you ride the Wall Street Wave for as long as you can and hope your losses will be offset by the past five years of high returns. Don’t let emotions rule your decisions. We all know that day of reckoning is coming, but we just don’t know when it will happen. Continue to grow and train your financial garden, keeping up with the positive trends and weeding out the bad investments.

Rebalancing Stocks

Rebalancing is essential any time you invest but even more so when the market is peaking. You should be reviewing your assets on a regular basis and tweaking as the need to reduce risk or increase it changes over time. The habit of rebalancing also helps to keep any emotional, knee-jerk reactions to the market’s volatility under control. Be sure to ask yourself what comparative advantages/products/services made you buy a stock in the first place, and decide if that same mindset holds true today. Additionally, having 30-40% of your assets in cash can help insulate your portfolio from stock price declines. Although you won’t generate the higher returns, you have given yourself liquidity and a degree of safety.

Five Investment Strategies for a Bull Market 

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1. Reassess your investment thesis for each holding

Dividend stocks come with some key advantages.  The main reason many people like dividend stocks is that dividends paid are a beacon for income-seeking investors looking for time-tested business models. In other words, a company isn’t going to pay a regular dividend if its management team doesn’t expect profits to continue.

2. Add dividend stocks to hedge against inevitable stock market corrections

In an environment where the Fed is walking on eggshells and only incrementally increasing rates, growth stocks should continue to have access to relatively cheap capital that they can use to expand and hire.

3. Consider focusing on growth stocks in a low-interest environment

Buying into high-quality stocks on a regular basis helps to remove emotions from the equation, and it eliminates trying to “time the market.”

4. Regularly buy into stocks to lower your cost basis

Another great idea, now that the stock market at an all-time high, is to buy into new and existing stocks on a regular basis. Whether that’s weekly, monthly, or quarterly, buy into companies that you believe in regardless of where the three major U.S. indexes are valued.

5. Trust the process (and the data)

Last, but not least, trust the process and the long-term data. As noted, the stock market has returned an average of 7% annually, inclusive of dividend reinvestment. This percentage would work out to a doubling an average of once a decade.

Spending time thinking and planning to train your financial garden to grow in a bull market will reap benefits when market corrects itself.

 

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It’s Your Dream, Ask For It

Intentional Life with The Money Nerve

IT’S YOUR DREAM, ASK FOR IT

Adding a Deadline to a Dream Creates Goals

Remember as you dream that it’s your life and your goals. Dreams have the power to become goals, and effectively change a vision into reality. Remember your vision is not your mother’s list, society’s list or your child’s list. If buying something for others or driving an expensive car is at the top of your list, try to examine why. Are you making choices based on guilt or insecurity? Or is this goal motivated byaa deeply ingrained dream that you want to accomplish? If you’re not sure, ask yourself if this choice is a result of your emotionally reactive Money Nerve and explore your intentions.

Prioritizing Your Needs

Think of what’s most important to you. What do you want and why do you want it? Once you move away from the negative emotions that pinch your Money Nerve and head toward a more giving and empowering motivation, you may find that money will become a means to an end. I am not sure whether I have ever been passionate about crunching numbers; however, I am passionate about helping other people. I assist people to manage their money effectively by being the best accountant I can be, which is also financially rewarding.

Follow Your Heart

Pursuing your passion and following your dream often results in financial rewards, especially when you set thoughtful goals. When people can achieve financial stability, I love to celebrate their success. Are you ready to celebrate your success?

ASK FOR IT

You should ask for the things you want every day. Asking for help puts you in a state of mind that helps you recognize you are not alone and there is something greater than you at work. It also lets others know what is important to you. Putting yourself in that mental state allows you to be humble enough to become aware of a larger reality, and to accept help with an open heart.

Creating Small Daily Habits

Whether you get to that state by praying daily or by being inspired by Napoleon Hill’s book, Think and Grow Rich, you unleash the power of your mind. One habit – opening yourself up to reflection or meditation, allows you to create quiet space every day. This practice results in a better alignment of your thoughts and your actions

Positive Energy

You never know how you’re affecting people with the choices you make. Money is no different. You may not be able to control when or how your money decisions are perceived, used or squandered or even paid back, but you can control what you do! Somewhere in the universe, there is a karmic piggy bank with your name on it.

MAKE A PLAN

Now that you know more about yourself and can identify your Money Nerve, it’s time to create clear monetary objectives.  For more positive results when planning a lifestyle change, be sure to include short-term, mid-range, and long-term financial goals. Success with smaller steps or achieving a short-range goal will boost your confidence and make the bigger steps easier to accomplish. Keep your dreams in mind as you move forward with purpose.