Maintaining Investment Discipline When Markets are Volatile and Scary

“I became a disciplined investor over 40 years. The virus broke me in 40 days. I’ve survived — and even prospered through — four stock market crashes. But nothing prepared me for this.” So went the title and opening lines of The New York Times writer James Stewart’s March 27th article, in which he describes his personal struggles with sticking to a disciplined investment plan and dealing with unprecedented stock market volatility. As Mr.

Coronavirus, Oil Prices, and an (Almost) Bear Market in Stocks

Eleven years ago, on March 9, 2009, the U.S. stock market reached its low point of the Global Financial Crisis. That dark day marked the beginning of an extended bull market that took the S&P 500 Index from 676.53 to 3,386.15 on February 19, 2020 – a 401% increase. Over the last three weeks, we’ve witnessed a sudden reversal. After today’s dramatic 7.6% market drop, the S&P 500 now sits at 2,746.56, a 19% decline from the recent high.

Mark Wernig, CFP® Welcomed as Ambassador to Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards

Dowling & Yahnke Wealth Advisors, currently managing over $4 billion of assets for more than 1,200 clients, is proud to announce that Mark Wernig, CFP®, Lead Advisor and Principal, was selected as an Ambassador to the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards.

Aria K. Krumwiede, CFA and Hunter P. Daniel, CFA Earn Distinguished CFP ® Designation

Dowling & Yahnke Wealth Advisors, managing approximately $4 billion of assets for more than 1,000 clients, is proud to announce that Aria Krumwiede and Hunter Daniel have earned the designation of CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®). They join our team of 18 other CFP® professionals – bringing the ratio to over one-third of the Dowling & Yahnke staff currently holding this designation.

Mitigating Risk: How Bonds Play a Crucial Role in Your Portfolio

Global equities had mixed performance in the third quarter with large U.S. stocks inching higher and small U.S. stocks falling 2.4%. Foreign stocks struggled in the face of trade negotiations and ongoing tariff disputes. Real estate was a strong performing asset class, rising nearly 6% as interest rates declined, reducing financing costs. As has been the case for much of the year, political headlines remained prominent in the U.S. news cycle as the 2020 presidential election looms on the horizon and an impeachment inquiry got underway.