Entries by Dennis Morton

High Value Decisions When Nearing Retirement

“…The most optimistic psychology is always applied when things are thought to be going well, compounding and exaggerating the positives, and the most depressed psychology is applied when things are going poorly, compounding the negatives. This guarantees that extreme highs and lows will always be the eventual result in cycles, not the exception.” – Howard […]

Is An Annuity Right for Me?

No doubt you have heard of annuities. Maybe you have even kicked the tires on an annuity before, wondering about the downside to something that sounds so good. If you are curious about what annuities are, if you are unsure if they make sense for you, and especially if an insurance agent who isn’t a […]

When Retirement Comes Early

Do you have a date set for when you will retire?  Maybe it’s the day you turn 65, or maybe when you are eligible for your full Social Security benefit. Whether it is imminent or still a few years off, you have probably thought hard about how to prepare your family and your finances for […]

Legislative Response: The CARES Act

The medical response to COVID-19 is underway. Social distancing is the order of the day. Congress and the Fed have weighed in. Now, your professionals get to work. Among those professionals, the accountants, financial advisors, and attorneys are leaping into action to help small businesses and families.  I have received e-mails and outreach from the […]

Gaining Perspective in a Financial Crisis

“The three stages of a bull market”: the first stage, when only a few unusually perceptive people believe things will get better, the second stage, when most investors realize that improvement is actually taking place, and the third stage, when everyone concludes things will get better forever.”   – Howard Marks, Mastering the Market Cycle The […]

Emerging From a Financial Crisis with No Regrets

We all feel caught off guard. The financial professional, the Do-It-Yourself investor, and the 401(k) participant three years from retiring. You might feel like only a few weeks ago you “coulda, woulda, shoulda” done something different with your investments. There is never enough safety when fear takes hold. If we had 10% in stocks a […]

How To Become a No-Conscience Investor

I watched a lot of high school basketball as a kid.  On Friday nights and Sunday afternoons, my father would take me to gyms throughout Baltimore to watch up-and-coming players.  In one game, I remember seeing a point guard miss his first dozen shots before taking over and scoring 20 points. My father’s comment was: […]