What’s Your Long-Term Focus?

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Hello Eagle Wealth Community,

As our financial planning series comes to end, looking back we sure covered a lot of ground.  We started off with the Steps to Build a Financial Plan, then why you need a Solid Financial Foundation, and the questions we hear the most about Tax Efficiency in Retirement.  After that we touched on 5 Ways to Stay Confident in Retirement, and how to stay calm in volatile markets by sticking to the 7 Principles of Long-term Investing.

We’ve talked a lot about the components of a plan but knowing what kind of life we want is just as important.  And once we figure out what we want, how do we stay focused on it?

As we start to prepare for another new year (fingers crossed for a calm 2022), it can be overwhelming to think about long-term planning.  And that makes sense since we’ve seen how quickly our long-term plans and goals can be turned upside down, and we’ve spent the past year or so dealing with a lot of short-term changes.

So how do we bring the long run into focus without getting derailed by the short run?

One way is by thinking of the long term as a series of short-term challenges, rather than one uninterrupted straight line. 

Here are three simple strategies that can help you train your mind:

  1. Create a “future-you” mindset.  Who is future you?  What do they want?  How can you help them get there?  Embracing your future self as someone who needs you will help you create a better future with smart choices now.  Sound a little woo woo?  It’s actually based on the concept of “future-orientation,” or embracing the idea that not only is the future unwritten but that you can write it — especially for yourself.1  And this idea can have real benefits.  Studies have shown that future-orientation is a strong predictor for achievement, health, and happiness in life.2

  2. Prioritize flexibility over certainty.  As humans, we’re wired to look for certainty.  It feels good to think we have everything figured out.  Our instincts tell us to act quickly in the short-term to avoid the discomfort we feel with uncertainty.  But in a complex world with complex problems, acting quickly isn’t always the best move.  We often get better results in the long term by keeping a flexible mindset and experimenting with different solutions.3

  3. Recognize how emotions affect our decision-making.  We’ve all had times when we’ve acted in the heat of the moment.  Something makes us unusually happy or upset in the short-term, and we make a snap decision that has long-term consequences.4  One way this plays out in investing is loss aversion, a cognitive bias that causes us to focus so hard on avoiding losses that we often miss out on the big picture, long-term benefits of a strategy.

Remember, you have a team to look after your financial life so you can share your worries and we’re here to help you take action — both in the short term and the long term.

Your Eagle Wealth Team


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The Week on Wall Street

News of a new, highly virulent COVID variant triggered a market sell-off on Friday, sending stocks into negative territory for the week.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average slid 1.97%, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 slumped 2.20%. The Nasdaq Composite index lost 3.52% for the week. The MSCI EAFE index, which tracks developed overseas stock markets, dropped 1.68%.1,2,3

Red Friday

Investors woke up on Black Friday to reports of a mutated COVID variant, reviving fears of potential new economic restrictions. U.S. markets were not alone, as stock prices in Europe and Asia also tumbled.

Friday’s market action saw declines in economic reopening stocks, such as travel and leisure, cyclicals, financials, and energy, while some of the so-called stay-at-home stocks and pharmaceutical stocks experienced gains. Yields retreated amid a flight to safety and the potential that this turn of events may lead to a slowdown in the Fed’s bond tapering program and a delay in contemplated rate hikes. Prior to Thanksgiving, the markets had been choppy, but largely trending higher for the week, while yields had moved up with the renomination of Fed Chair Powell.

Powell Renominated

President Biden announced last week that he was renominating Jerome Powell to serve another term as chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank, ending market speculation surrounding his renomination.

President Biden cited the need for stability and independence in a time of uncertainty in making his decision. While Powell’s renomination faced resistance, Senate approval appears likely. Coincident with Powell’s renomination, President Biden also nominated Lael Brainard, a member of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, to serve as vice chair. Investors can soon expect further Fed nominations by the Biden Administration to fill vacancies created by term expirations and retirements.


Key Economic Data

Tuesday: Composite PMI (Purchasing Managers’ Index) Flash.
Wednesday: Jobless Claims. Durable Goods Orders. Gross Domestic Product (GDP). New Home Sales. Consumer Sentiment. Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) Minutes.
Thursday: Jobless Claims.
Friday: Employment Situation. Factory Orders.
Source: Econoday, November 26, 2021
The Econoday economic calendar lists upcoming U.S. economic data releases (including key economic indicators), Federal Reserve policy meetings, and speaking engagements of Federal Reserve officials. The content is developed from sources believed to be providing accurate information. The forecasts or forward-looking statements are based on assumptions and may not materialize. The forecasts also are subject to revision.

Companies Reporting Earnings

Tuesday:  Salesforce.com, Inc. (CRM), Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company (HPE).
WednesdayOkta, Inc. (OKTA), Snowflake, Inc. (SNOW), CrowdStrike (CRWD).
Thursday:  Marvell Technology, Inc. (MRVL), Dollar General (DG), The Kroger Co. (KR), DocuSign (DOCU).

Source: Zacks, November 26, 2021
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