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Avoid FOMO Investing Mistakes

Tuesday, January 9th, 2018 and is filed under Financial Planning Tips

fomoFOMO. The fear of missing out. The compulsion to keep up with the Joneses can reach every corner of our lives: purchases, lifestyle, and even investing. Have you ever felt it? Social media has brought this phenomenon to the forefront in recent years, but most people haven’t given much thought to how Fear of Missing Out could be driving their investment behavior.

People like to think that they make their financial decisions based solely on logic …but that may not be the case.

Two researchers from Stanford say when it comes to investing, what we fear most is not the risk of losing our money, but the risk that we might not do as well as our peers. This could mean taking on more risk than is pertinent in the hopes of big pay offs, or leaving too much money on the proverbial table when market euphoria hits. All because we’re afraid of missing out on the next big opportunity.

This strange phenomenon explains why and how bubbles in the stock market appear. Investors pile into certain “hot” sectors or stocks, and prices inflate to unsustainable levels.

So why do investors follow the same patterns over and over again? Strangely enough, a herd mentality emerges that allows investors to feel a sense of false security – the idea that everyone is doing it, so it must be a good idea – and shared loss. When everyone loses money together, it’s not as painful as being the only one to lose (or the only one to “miss out”). The shared loss makes it easier to shrug off losing money, which sets investors up to repeat their previous mistakes.

There is good news though. You can avoid FOMO on great monetary gains while still managing risk appropriately. One way to accomplish this is by moving a portion of your portfolio to a fixed index annuity.

A Fixed Index Annuity offers the potential to grow your money along with stock market indexes, and comes with a guarantee that your money is 100% protected from stock market losses.

If you’re looking for a way to secure savings for your retirement, you may want to consider re-allocating some your assets from risky positions to a fixed index annuity.

Are you in need of a financial FOMO intervention? Contact Dewitt & Dunn today to schedule a complimentary appointment with one of our experts.

What Football Teaches Us About the Retirement Game – 4 Penalties to Avoid

Monday, November 20th, 2017 and is filed under Financial Planning Tips

Football season has arrived again and millions of fans are building their fantasy teams, talking strategy and arguing about which teams are in the best position to make it to the Super Bowl.

Football debates can go on for hours, so let’s take a quick time-out to focus on what America’s pastime can teach us about winning “The Retirement Game”.

Just like in football, financial penalties can seem like they are coming out of nowhere (“What are game are you watching, ref??”), but a little bit of careful planning and awareness can keep you from being sidelined by unexpected expenses and life events.

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Types of Annuities: Is Variable or Fixed Index Better?

Thursday, September 28th, 2017 and is filed under Annuity News, Financial Planning Tips, Retirement Income Annuities

Of the types of annuities, which is better, the fixed annuity or the variable annuity?As you explore your retirement options, you’ll likely encounter more than a few investment strategies.

Whether you’re close to retirement age or years away from it, making smart decisions at the onset is critical to reaping the most reward when that time comes.

Yet, with so many choices and so much jargon surrounding the industry, it can be difficult to determine exactly which path is the best one for you. From different types of annuities to IRAs and 401(k)s, there’s no shortage of places to put your money — if you can discern which place is best.

That might be why, according to a new survey, Americans revealed they’re less confident about their retirement earnings today than they were just one year ago.

One way to boost that assurance? Learn as much as you can about the choices you’re presented.

So let’s start simple. Read More

What is a fixed index annuity?

Thursday, September 7th, 2017 and is filed under Annuity News, Financial Planning Tips, Retirement Income Annuities, Uncategorized

What is a fixed index annuity?A question we hear quite often is, “What is a fixed index annuity?” It’s a very valid question because fixed index annuities are unique among the various types of annuities and are a little hard to understand. So to answer the question, we’ll throw in a little history, give you the formal definition, elaborate on how to use them to build your retirement savings, and explain how they offer guaranteed income for life. Let’s get started.

Annuities have been around for a long, long time, dating at least back to the Roman Empire. Around A.D. 225, Romans used an “annua” to pay their soldiers. Annua were lifetime stipends paid once per year instead of paying soldiers a lump-sum at the time of their retirement. “Annua” is a Latin word which means “annual payments.”

The fixed index annuity, however, is a much more recent invention. Read More

Be Careful with Your Hurricane Harvey Donations!

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017 and is filed under Financial Planning Tips, Videos

Be aware of who you are donating to with your Hurricane Harvey donations!

Join Cathy DeWitt Dunn on Morning Dose as she discusses charitable donations related to Hurricane Harvey victims and how to exercise caution when donating to certain charities. Read More

College Student Money Management with Cathy DeWitt Dunn

Friday, August 25th, 2017 and is filed under Financial Planning Tips, Uncategorized, Videos

When it comes to money management, college students tend to make a lot of mistakes. The two biggest money mistakes that college student make are student loan debt and credit card debt.

Join Cathy DeWitt Dunn on Channel 5 News in Dallas to discuss College Student Money Management. Read More

US Household Debt Hits Record Levels

Friday, August 18th, 2017 and is filed under Financial Planning Tips, Videos

Laila Muhammad and Cathy DeWitt DunnIf you are cringing every time you open your bills every single month, well, you’re definitely not alone. According to a new report from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Americans’ debt level has hit a new record high. Total U.S. household debt has hit nearly $13 trillion in the most recent quarter. That is up over $500 billion over the same time last year. Well, that study also found that the average American is about $37,000 in debt. So 1 in 10 Americans are more than $100,000 in debt, and that’s not even including your mortgage. Credit card debt is also at a record high. According to the Federal Reserve, U.S. households collectedly have more than $1 trillion in credit card debt. Read More

Cathy DeWitt Dunn on Checking Account Alternatives

Monday, July 31st, 2017 and is filed under Financial Planning Tips, Videos

Join financial professional Cathy DeWitt Dunn and KDAF’s Laila Muhammad as they discuss checking account alternatives in this television interview.

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Cathy DeWitt Dunn on Christmas in July

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017 and is filed under Financial Planning Tips, Videos

Annuity Watch USA’s Cathy DeWitt Dunn discusses “Christmas in July” with KDFW Fox 4’s Shannon Murray in this television interview.

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Our 7 Point Retirement Planning Checklist Has You Covered

Friday, June 16th, 2017 and is filed under Annuity News, Financial Planning Tips, Retirement Income Annuities, Videos

Do you have a retirement planning checklist that is up-to-date? Unfortunately, most people don’t, and what’s worse, they don’t even have a retirement plan in the first place. Here is our 7-point retirement planning checklist: Read More