The Magic of Incremental Change

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It’s a brand-new year and that means a clean slate and an opportunity for a fresh start.  Along with new beginnings comes New Year’s resolutions.  Have you reflected on the promises you made last year?  For a lot of people, the practice of making resolutions can feel like a burden followed by some disappointment.  If you still want to make a life change but want to skip the pressure of big declarations, consider a different approach. 

Here's how. 

Have you ever ridden bikes with a competitive club?

If you have, it may have gone something like this:

When you first joined the group, it probably felt like a big victory to just keep up with them for the first 15 minutes. After a while, that became the first half-hour. Then an hour.  One day, almost without even noticing it, you were suddenly able to stick with the pack for the entire ride.


It felt sudden at the time, but, of course, it wasn’t.
This is the sneaky power of incremental change.  Here’s how it works:

  1. You make a small improvement.
  2. That becomes the new normal, and you get used to it.
  3. You make a small improvement again.
  4. That becomes the new normal again.
  5. Repeat.

The result of incremental change is that we barely notice we are getting closer to our goal, and then (again, seemingly “all of a sudden”) we’re there!

Chances are you didn’t feel a lot faster because you weren’t a lot faster… at least, not compared to yesterday or even last week.  But month after month, ride after ride, it all added up.  All those little bits of “faster” started to compound on top of one another.

Of course, this doesn’t just apply to riding bikes.

If you build a process of reflecting every quarter, month, and year, you’ll never feel like you’re not accomplishing anything again.  And while that may spoil some of the surprise of suddenly and unexpectedly arriving at your goal one day, it will be worth it to feel much better along the way.

This is why we hold regular review meetings together.  We know that when it comes to your financial life, big changes don’t happen overnight.  Building financial confidence requires ongoing conversations, careful monitoring, and most importantly a plan to guide you to your goals.  Let’s start this new year off right — give us a call if you have any new goals and we’ll do our best to help.

Until next week,
Your Eagle Wealth Team


Eagle Wealth Celebrates the Holidays… on Ice

Our team celebrated the holidays a little differently this year.  Our employee party was set to the theme of the holiday movie National Lampoons Christmas Vacation.   We pulled out all the stops with a costume contest and our partners, Chad and Mat, even acted out a scene from the film!  After that, we laced up our skates and hit the ice at the Seventh Mountain Resort skating rink.  Between gliding and pirouettes it was nearly impossible not to smile. 

We’re grateful for a team that knows how to work hard, celebrate the wins, and spend quality time together.



The Week on Wall Street

In a holiday-shortened week, erratic trading left stocks marginally down for the week.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 0.17%, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 slipped 0.14%. The Nasdaq Composite index fell 0.30%. The MSCI EAFE index, which tracks developed overseas stock markets, edged 0.61% higher.1,2,3

Stocks End Lower

Steps by China to move past its zero-Covid policies triggered concerns that its economic reopening might aggravate inflation pressures, sending stocks lower and bond yields higher to begin the week. Technology stocks saw the most significant hit.

With dimming prospects of a Santa Claus rally (the historical tendency of stocks to rise in the final trading days of the year and the first two days of the new year), stocks rebounded strongly on Thursday to erase the losses of the previous two days. However, stocks again turned lower to end the week with small losses.

Lower Risk Appetite Amid Uncertainty 

In an otherwise slow week for news, two monthly reports were released highlighting the market's headwinds. The first was State Street’s Investor Confidence Index, which measures the risk appetite of institutional investors. The December report showed the confidence of large asset managers in investing in risk assets, like stocks, has dropped over the past two months, explaining, in part, why stocks may have struggled of late.4

Meanwhile, the Atlanta Fed released its Survey of Business Uncertainty, which reflected both declining expectations around sales growth and employment, along with growing uncertainty about revenue and employment growth over the next 12 months.5 



Tuesday:  Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI)-Manufacturing. Institute of Supply Management (ISM) Manufacturing. Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS).
Thursday:  Jobless Claims. Automated Data Processing (ADP) Employment Report. Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI)-Services.
Friday:  Employment Situation.

Source: Econoday, December 30, 2022
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Thursday:  Constellation Brands, Inc. (STZ), Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (WBA), Conagra Brands (CAG).

Source: Zacks, December 30, 2022
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Disclosures and Footnotes

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.

1. The Wall Street Journal, December 16, 2022

2. The Wall Street Journal, December 16, 2022

3. The Wall Street Journal, December 16, 2022

4. CNBC, December 13, 2022

5. The Wall Street Journal, December 14, 2022

6., August 8, 2022

7. Healthline, February 22, 2022

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