Posted: April 26th, 2013 | Author: William Callahan, CFP® | Filed under: Callahan Financial Planning, Investment Planning, Retirement Planning | Tags: CFA, CFP, Investment Advisor, IRR, Performance, Rate of Return, TWR |
This is a common question we receive. Over the years, a frequent method I’ve observed investors use to answer this question is a simple rate of return, or SRR. But there are two other methods available, and for various reasons I’ll show below, they are usually more appropriate to use.
Simple Rate of Return (SRR)
While straightforward, it is ineffective in telling an investor the total picture. It neglects to take into account the impact of time (did it take 1 year or 9 to earn the return?), and does not adjust for the impact of what dollars were invested, and when. It is generally reported as a cumulative, single return percentage.
Internal Rate of Return (IRR) Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: August 4th, 2012 | Author: William Callahan, CFP® | Filed under: Callahan Financial Planning, Investment Planning, Retirement Planning | Tags: 2012, 2nd Quarter, Bond Yields, European Financial Crisis, Financial Advisor, Investment Advice, Investment Advisor, Market Commentary, Nebraska, New Normal, Performance, Planning |
Would you be surprised if I told you stocks had another slow patch this quarter? Not likely. For the third year in a row, the middle part of the year has meant most stocks have been hit by a recurring set of concerns.
Some have called this occurrence the “new normal”, referring to the new economic growth rates, interest rates, correlations of stock returns to each other and limitations on total investment returns. While there is no shortage of economists willing to foretell what will happen next, we believe it is far easier to understand where you are today and where we could go from here (and what will be necessary as a catalyst of change). The most significant contributors to this new normal are: Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: May 2nd, 2012 | Author: William Callahan, CFP® | Filed under: Callahan Financial Planning, Investment Planning, Retirement Planning | Tags: 1st Quarter, 2012, Advisor, April, Fee-Only, Financial Adviser, First Quarter, Investing, Investment, Investment Advice, Investment Advisor, IRA, Market Commentary, Nebraska, Omaha, Planning, Rollover |
Just a few months ago, we were talking about the decline in credit rating of U.S. Treasury debt for the first time and worries of a recession “spreading” to the U.S. from the ongoing crisis in Europe. Its impact was volatile and pronounced, causing 2011 to be a year of flat to negative returns for most stock investors. This caught many off guard, in particular, because things seemed to be going well since the great recession that hit the world’s economies in 2008. It was an excellent reminder of the volatile nature of the financial markets, even when things are moving in the right direction. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: December 20th, 2011 | Author: William Callahan, CFP® | Filed under: Callahan Financial Planning, Investment Planning, Retirement Planning | Tags: 2011, Buying, Costs, ETF, Expense Ratios, Fee-Only, Fiduciary, Financial Advisor, Financial Planner, Investing, Mutual Fund, Omaha, Sales Charge, Sales Load, Taxes |
This is a question we get a lot here at Callahan Financial Planning, and with all the recent news and new options, I thought it would be a good topic to revisit.
As a refresher, let’s start with a quick note on what Mutual Funds are:
- An Investment Company that invests shareholders money in a (usually) diversified portfolio of securities like individual stocks or bonds.
- Assets are held in custody at a third-party bank, and are subject to regular inspection by the SEC in addition to any independent auditors to the bank and mutual fund. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: September 25th, 2011 | Author: Reuben Brauer | Filed under: Budgeting & Saving, Callahan Financial Planning, Paying for College, Paying Off Debt, Retirement Planning | Tags: 2011, Budget, College, Debt, Fee-Only, Financial Adviser, Financial Advisor, Financial Planner, Financial Planning, Nebraska, Omaha, Planning, Retirement, Spending Plan |
When it comes to personal finance there is one word that makes almost everyone cringe… Budgeting. Most people feel that maintaining a budget means that it will be the end of all of the “fun”. In reality, establishing and following a sound budget does just the opposite. It not only allows you to control your spending, but also is the foundation to achieve the financial goals you truly desire.
Here at Callahan Financial Planning we simply define a budget as providing for your needs within scarcity, which is the limited amount of money available to you. This means living within the amount of money you earn while taking care of your needs. The goal of having a budget isn’t to restrict your spending, but to cover all your necessities and focus any remaining money on what is most important to you. Budgeting forces you to take an in depth look at where your money is currently going and decide if that’s where it should go in order to accomplish your true goals. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: July 15th, 2011 | Author: William Callahan, CFP® | Filed under: Callahan Financial Planning, Investment Planning, Retirement Planning |
One awakening in the final days of June might actually be under the impression things weren’t so shabby for the month, or the second quarter of 2011. Unfortunately, this increase at the end of June only provided a recovery towards previous losses for the month. The U.S. Stock Market as a whole lost 1.68% for the month of June, and was basically flat for the 2nd quarter, ending up a measly 0.14%. There were few safe stock havens to be had, although some asset classes performed better than others. European stocks struggled, with additional pressure in the form of a volatile Euro currency. While Asian currencies generally held up better, equities (stocks) struggled worldwide. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: May 12th, 2011 | Author: Tiffany Tarkington | Filed under: Callahan Financial Planning, Investment Planning, Retirement Planning | Tags: 2011, 401K, Financial Planner, Investing, Investment Advisor, Investment Policy Statement, IPS, IRA, Omaha |
This is the fourth in a four part series designed to help you determine the best way to proceed with your previous employer’s company retirement plans, including 401(k)s, 403(b)s and more. Part 1 | 2 | 3 | 4
Whether or not you choose to keep your previous employer’s 401(k) where it’s at, roll it over to your current employer or move it to an IRA, you will still be responsible for its management and investment direction. As discussed in the previous post, that can be a challenge if investing is not your specialty. Don’t worry – we can help.
Our investment management service, Conflict Free Planning, ensures that a Financial Planner can help you identify the advantages and disadvantages to holding your investments in a employer retirement plan or an IRA. Read the rest of this entry »