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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.

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

DOL Fiduciary Rule and Annuities – In Your Best Interest

Monday, January 16th, 2017 and is filed under Annuity News, Financial Planning Tips, Retirement Income Annuities

DOL Fiduciary Rule and AnnuitiesIt’s Time…You have done your due diligence and you’re ready to choose a Financial Professional to help you purchase an annuity with some or all the money you have saved in your retirement account – now what? Well one thing to remember is that, beginning April 2017, a new “Best Interest Contract” (BIC) exemption takes effect. This fiduciary level of care means your Financial Advisor must act in their client’s best interests and disclose any conflict of interest (like your doctor or attorney). Firms are allowed to continue to accept commissions and shared revenue as long as they commit to this exemption. Read More

Dan Slater FSA MAAA (Actuary) on Safe Money Talk Radio

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014 and is filed under Annuity News, Retirement Income Annuities, Safe Money Talk Radio Podcasts, Uncategorized, Videos

Actuary Dan Slater, FSA MAAADan Slater is an actuary and income adviser and joins Cathy from time to time on the show to share his experience with annuities and discuss some of the ways to maximize their use in a solid financial plan. Read More

Football and Finances

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014 and is filed under Annuity News, Financial Planning Tips, Retirement Income Annuities, Videos

Tom Landry on Football and FinancesSolid financial advice doesn’t necessarily have to come from a financial guru, but sometimes comes in ways you least expect it. Tom Landry and other football giants share their wisdom on finance by relating it to the game of football. Tom Landry once said, “Setting a goal is not the main thing, it is deciding how you will go about achieving it and staying with that plan.”

This is true on so many levels. Planning a budget is simple, but sticking with the budget is not quite that easy. Planning finances is like planning a good football strategy. Make the plan, stick to it, and do not turn back.

Fox 4 News’ Jenny Anchondo interviews our own Cathy DeWitt Dunn where she applies quotes from football greats into sound financial advice. Read More

Financial tips for expecting moms and dads (and grandparents!)

Monday, September 9th, 2013 and is filed under Uncategorized

You’re probably well aware that raising a kid comes with a hefty price tag. But did you know that price tag is a whopping $300,000 for each and every child? And this doesn’t even include college! That’s right, a recent U.S. Department of Agriculture report delivered some sticker shock when it comes to adding up all the expenses involved with being a parent. While housing is by far the largest expense, small items like ice cream cones, ball caps, and toothbrushes really add up over the course of 17 years.

Here are some smart tips to help you be financially prepared for kids. Read More

A Checklist for Planning for Natural Disasters

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013 and is filed under Uncategorized

Planning for Natural DisastersWe’ve certainly seen our share of tragedy across the United States in recent months. The horrific explosion in West, Texas, the deadly tornado in Moore, Oklahoma, and devastating fires in Colorado are just three examples.

These disasters in our own backyard can wreak havoc on our lives in so many horrific ways – emotionally, financially, and psychologically.

Unfortunately, a lot of us live by the old adage “oh, it won’t happen to me”. But here’s a nugget to gnaw on – Mother Nature doesn’t have a bullet with your name on it; she has millions of bullets inscribed with ‘to whom it may concern.’  Industrial accidents like the West explosion are even more random…but if it can happen in West, something similar can happen just about anywhere.

Getting caught off guard is never pleasant, so we need to plan for the worst. Read More

Don’t Miss the “MYTHBUSTERS: Annuity Edition” Workshop in DFW May 7 & 9

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013 and is filed under Retirement Income Annuities, Uncategorized

In these uncertain economic times, I am here to keep you up to date with the latest and best information on retirement income planning.

Technology enables us to reach a lot of people, but nothing takes the place of meeting our subscribers and listeners in person. That is why we have decided to launch a series of live workshops in the DFW area.

We invite you to attend our free workshop,

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AnnuityWatchUSA.com welcomes registered investment advisor David Hollander

Friday, March 22nd, 2013 and is filed under Retirement Income Annuities, Uncategorized

DeWitt & Dunn, LLC strengthens retirement income planning foothold in Northern California

DALLAS, TX – March 22, 2013 – DeWitt & Dunn, LLC, a financial services company serving consumers nationwide, welcomes David Hollander, Esq. to its family of retirement income planning experts featured on www.AnnuityWatchUSA.com. Mr. Hollander is a registered investment advisor specializing in assisting individuals and families with increasing income, lowering taxation, preserving principal and maximizing assets. With offices in Oakland, California, Mr. Hollander serves the entire Northern California Bay Area including San Francisco, Berkley, and surrounding communities. Read More