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Financial Planning Information

Sherman Wealth Management provides you with relevant financial planning information to give you the resources you need to make informed choices. Read through our posts below and contact us to set up a free call for more information on creating a custom financial plan.

January 17, 2019

Why low fees really do matter

“The grim irony of investing is that we investors as a group not only don’t get what we pay for, we get precisely what we don’t pay for.” – Jack Bogle As an ode to Jack Bogle, the pioneer of low-cost investing who passed away yesterday, we’d like to take this time to talk about […]
January 16, 2019

The “wealth effect” and market selloffs

When you feel “wealthy”, do you typically spend more than normal? Sure. It’s a subconscious effect of seeing your net worth grow, at least on paper. Of course, the opposite mindset takes place when we feel our net worth hasn’t moved much, or worse, has declined. You will start to spend less money and cut […]
January 15, 2019

How empty nesters can get back on track

Now that you’re done spending money on clothing, food, child care – and don’t forget the biggest expense, education – it’s time to focus on your own financial needs. After all, the average cost of raising a child today in middle-class America is nearly $250,000, excluding college tuition expenses. These types of numbers leave many […]
January 9, 2019

Tips for furloughed workers during the shutdown

Before we get started, lets recognize that this isn’t the first time there’s been a shutdown, and it probably won’t be the last. But that doesn’t change the fact that so many workers are now reaching their third week of no pay. There are roughly 800,000 federal employees who are not receiving paychecks right now, […]
January 8, 2019

Now is the time to check your W-4

The White House announced yesterday that tax refunds would be processed even though the government is still shut down. Which reminded me that now is a great time to revisit your W-4. Why? Because t’s very, very likely that the W-4 form on file with your employer is off. Last year, the Treasury Department and the […]
January 7, 2019

Weekly Market Review 1/4/2019

Staying in theme, it was another wild week for stocks. Investors, who are probably over the volatility from 2018, were unfortunately required to sit through a couple more brutal sessions on Wednesday and Thursday, as the Dow Jones Industrial Average notched its worst start a year since 2000. However, following a reassuring tone from Fed […]
January 2, 2019

The Bridge Between Financial Planning and Reduced Stress

As we sit down to reflect on 2018 and prepare for the coming year, no doubt that for many stress over financial issues comes to mind quickly. Year after year we see the same types of studies and the alarming statistics they produce in regards to savings and retirement planning (or lack thereof). Almost half […]
December 17, 2018

Weekly Market Review 12/14/2018

Domestic markets endured another uneventful week, with two of the three major US indices posting losses over 1% for the period. Coming into the month of December, we were told how, historically, this is a bullish time of year for equities. Unfortunately, “historically” is just another term for “average” and while December may typically be […]
December 9, 2018

Weekly Market Review 12/07/2018

We experienced more of the choppy environment in equities this past week. Although these types of swings are more common than many realize (remember, the low volatility environment of 2017 was the real anomaly), we understand that large down days in the market can be bothersome. Most of the drama occurred early on Monday, after […]
November 29, 2018

Is Your Mutual Fund Tax Efficient?

Well, it’s that time of year again. That time when mutual fund companies report distributions for capital gains taxes. Just in time for the holidays and a total buzzkill on all of that discretionary spending you planned on participating in.   “But I’m in a Buy & Hold portfolio and didn’t sell. How can I […]