Days or decades. What’s it going to be?

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What we’re about to tell you is going to sound crazy… but bear with us because it’s definitely true.

Ready? Here it is…

We get to decide what we focus on.

Hold on… we’ll repeat that in case you missed it:

We. Get. To. Decide. What. We. Focus. On.

When it comes to investing, that means you have a choice.

1 - You can tune into the financial networks, go through endless cycles of “buy buy buy, sell sell sell,” obsess over the latest financial product, and deal with the apocalypse du jour while cycling through all the emotions that come with it.


2 - You can focus on what actually matters when it comes to investing. And one of those things is time. A very long time: decades.

If you choose to focus on days, you are signing up to make yourself miserable. And for no good reason. There’s no benefit to that. It’s one thing to have pain that leads to gain, but this is just pain that leads to more pain.

On the other hand, when it comes to investing, we actually get rewarded for ignoring the daily noise. As Morgan Housel says in his book The Psychology of Money, “[Warren] Buffett is the richest investor of all time. But he’s not actually the greatest — at least not when measured by average annual returns... His skill is investing, but his secret is time.1

And you know what Buffett is known for? “Benign neglect, bordering on sloth, remains the hallmark of our investment process.”

Does that sound like the type of guy who is constantly refreshing CNBC?

Remember, you actually have a choice. Days or decades. What’s it going to be?

Until next week,

Your Eagle Wealth Team


Eagle Wealth Celebrates Tax Day


April 15th has passed, bringing relief to our tax team. Tax season is always rather intense, and we’re thankful for how hard our team worked.

To celebrate, we were fortunate to have beautiful sunny weather so we sat outside, enjoyed some food and drink, and played sand volleyball!



The Week on Wall Street

Stocks fell for a third straight week, as Fed Chair Jerome Powell's mixed but upbeat message could not offset the anxiety caused by the Middle East conflict.

Stocks Retreat

Markets began the week rattled by further escalation in the Middle East over the weekend. A bit of good news punctuated an otherwise sour Monday, as a stronger-than-expected retail sales report showed consumers were spending despite rising inflation.2,3

On Tuesday, remarks from Fed Chair Jerome Powell indicated a shift in thinking—from being confident to not-so-confident about interest rate cuts in 2024. He said rates might need to stay higher until the Fed meets their 2% inflation target.4,5

On Friday, the markets saw further declines, but investors were somewhat reassured by the perception that Thursday's retaliatory actions in the Middle East were restricted in scope.6

Silver Linings

When stocks are in a downtrend, it’s important to keep perspective and realize that markets move in cycles. Here are a couple of bright spots from last week and perhaps some good news that may influence trading in the week ahead:

  • While Chair Powell said last week that the Fed may keep rates higher for longer, he also said the Fed does not intend to raise rates for now.
  • Despite inflation concerns, individuals were in a spending mood in March. Retail sales increased 0.7% for the month, more than twice the consensus forecast.
  • “Earning season” picks up during the next four weeks. For the week ending April 26, more than 800 companies will give updates on business conditions in Q1.7 

Any companies mentioned are for informational purposes only, and this should not be considered a solicitation for the purchase or sale of their securities. Any investment should be consistent with your objectives, time frame, and risk tolerance. Source:, April 20, 2024. Weekly performance is measured from Monday, April 15, to Friday, April 19.ROC 5 = the rate of change in the index for the previous 5 trading days..TR = total return for the index, which includes any dividends as well as any other cash distributions during the period. Treasury note yield is expressed in basis points.


Footnotes And Sources


2. The Wall Street Journal, April 19, 2024

3., April 15, 2024

4. The Wall Street Journal, April 16, 2024

5., April 16, 2024

6., April 19, 2024

7. MarketWatch, April 19, 2024

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