We’ve seen a lot of headlines lately, as we’re sure you have, about the federal reserve, inflation and the economy. At the time of our podcast and writing this, Jerome Powell remains the Fed Reserve Chairman.
One thing we want to make clear is that throughout this article, we’ll be going over recent headlines.
Of course, at the time of reading this, we may have new information or outcomes for these headlines. But the good news is that the information should remain relevant.
What Jerome Powell Being Nominated as Federal Reserve Chairman Means
Jerome Powell is loved by some and not by others. There are two trains of thought here, and these are:
Side 1: People That Like Jerome Powell
A lot of people like Jerome Powell because he likes to print money. He wants to keep the economy moving aggressively, and for some people, they believe printing money will benefit the market.
Side 2: People That Dislike Jerome Powell
On the other side of the spectrum, there are concerns that printing money will cause long-term inflation, which is never a good thing.
Working as a Financial Advisor Through Federal Reserve Chairmen
Since we work with so many people nearly or in retirement, we get a lot of questions from both sides of the argument. For example, some clients want to invest heavily in the market because they believe that Powell will help the market soar, and others want to invest in financial vehicles that rise with inflation.
Our clients want us to forecast the future to try and determine what will happen if Powell is chairman.
For example, a client may ask us:
I’m concerned and excited about Powell’s reinstatement. Can we invest in something that protects against inflation and still reaps the benefits of the market?
Unfortunately, this is a loaded yet common question when dealing with inflation. What we believe is that two things need to be actively managed:
- Active investments in the market
- Overall retirement plan
Active management is important because trying to predict an outcome for an ever-changing market is a gamble. We would rather not gamble with our clients’ money, so we use the data that we have available at any given moment in time to make smart investment decisions.
Markets and investments can change rapidly in just a day or two, and active management helps our clients avoid major losses in the process.
We have a lot of passionate investors.
For example, some investors learn a lot about a particular company, love the direction and vision of the company’s CEO, and they put all their faith in this individual that they’ll help the company grow.
Unfortunately, there’s a lot of guesswork going into the scenario above that can lead to losses.
Through active management, we invest based on what’s happening now.
If inflation continues to rise and the pressure of inflation exists, we’ll adjust portfolios in three main categories:
- Equities, which are stocks
- Fixed income, such as bonds
We recommend putting all three of these categories in a race to see who is winning in today’s market. At the time of writing this, equities are performing exceptionally well towards the end of 2021.
Using a number-oriented form of investing, we recommend:
- Reallocating investments based on what’s happening now
- Adjust as required
There are also some sides of the market where people would rather split their investments among the three categories above, so the investor may decide to invest 33% in all three categories and go with the flow.
Instead, we believe active management is the right choice because it reduces the risk of volatility.
Reactionary investing, based on headlines, is not something we recommend. Instead, use data and continue adjusting your retirement portfolio and investments to weather any changes in the market that occur today and 20 years from now.
Events Where Reactive Investing Never Works Out 100%
We’re not going to get political, but when there are presidential elections, there are many people who choose the doom and gloom path. If this Republican or Democrat gets elected, the stock market will CRASH.
Thankfully, these predictions rarely come true.
Making decisions based on assumptions never truly works out how a person thinks. We’ve been through many presidents in the last 20 years. One thing we’ve experienced, and it is rare, is that some people pull all their money out of the market because they believe a new president will cause the market to tumble.
Unfortunately, many of these individuals call us and explain how they wish they didn’t sit on the sidelines because their portfolio may have risen 10%, 20% or even more.
Another scenario is inflation.
Inflation is rising, so a lot of individuals are afraid and believe that the market will flop.
Emotions in the market rarely work out in your favor. As an advisor, we take emotions out of the market and our decisions. For example, even as surges in the coronavirus continue to happen worldwide, the markets remain strong.
Some investors feared that the market would suffer after each surge, much like it did when the pandemic first hit.
Using the data that we have available, we’re not seeing these surges impacting the market, so we recommend keeping money in the market. When the data changes, we’ll adapt our investments to minimize losses and maximize gains.
2020 Events and How We Shifted Money Going Into 2021
In 2020, the S&P 500 fell over 30%, but we did a few things:
- First, most of our clients were sitting on cash to avoid losses in the market.
- When reentering the markets, we took it slow and adjusted to the companies winning the race, such as technology companies.
- January of 2021, we saw a shift where large-cap and technology started to slow and small and mid-cap companies began to revive as the market recovered. Using the race analogy, we adjusted portfolios to include more of these stocks to maximize client gains.
Since this was our first time living through a pandemic, we think we did exceptionally well for our clients and really solidified our thought process that active management is the way to go when investing.
We covered a lot in the past sections, and the sentiment remained the same: don’t react over headlines. If everyone could predict the future, we would all enter retirement ridiculously wealthy.
However, we can use the market’s data to make smart, timely investments and portfolio adjustments to avoid losses and ride gains to make the most of our investments as possible.
If you need help actively managing your portfolio or want us to run the numbers to see how we can help you grow your portfolio, schedule an introduction call today.