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Rob’s career mission has been to promote credentialed, holistic financial planning awareness among the public.
In addition to his role as an advisor, Rob is an Enrolled Agent (EA) helping clients in tax matters and tax planning. He also holds a Life Insurance Counselor license. Rob has also take post-graduate classes and received certificates in taxation and financial asset management.
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BS, Human Ecology and Family Resource Management, The Ohio State University
MA, Economics, Walsh College
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ETFs have a few disadvantages in my opinion. First, they trade on the market and can trade at premiums and discounts, which can easily wipe-out any difference in expense ratios (if there are any between similar funds). Similar to that point when you purchase a mutual fund you buy in at cost, whereas when you trade during the market you may not. Finally, ETFs are not as liquid as funds, and that often causes issues with trading, and being out of the market. ETFs trade T+3, and depending on the platform you may have to sit out that time before buying. Mutual fund proceeds are available the next day (assuming trades go in before close).
Mutual funds are more liquid, give a guaranteed cost, keep you invested while rebalancing, and are far easier to trade. ETFs have some benefits that can be useful, but overall I find funds are more appropriate for long-term investors.
Stock volatility actually isn't greater than in the past, it's very much in line with history and by some measures we are not in as volatile of a period as most decades. In fact, volatility is good for long-term investors. The volatility of any individual stock can be great, which is why it is better to have stock ownership through mutual funds where you remove specific risks of companies. If your time horizon is 10+ years, ideally every asset should be in growth assets like stocks. If you have 30% of your portfolio in bonds that money will be losing to inflation over the next 40 years. Your only hope is a diverse mix of assets that can keep up with inflation.
REITs can come in different investment vehicles, and most real estate funds will be invested in a variety of publically traded REITs in some way.
Another type of REIT is what is known as a “non-traded” REIT. These are entities that pool money from investors to invest in similar ways to REITs that are traded on stock exchanges. The main difference however is these are private investment pools.
Non-traded REITs vary much more significantly as an investment vehicle from those found in real estate mutual funds or exchange-traded funds (ETFs). They typically lack liquidity provisions (you are in it until the fund dissolves, unless you can find a buyer but this is not often wise!), are more concentrated in how they invest (they may only invest in commercial, student housing, or mortgages).
Some of these REITs have gotten into trouble in recent years, as regulations have required more disclosure on the actual worth of the properties and relationships between the investors and the management of the REIT.
If you are considering an investment in a non-traded, private REIT t is important to do your homework. Since many of these partnerships also manage real estate for institutional investors, it is important to know how they determine when they are working for you – the retail investor – or other larger investors.
Turn off the news. Stocks always reach new highs, and that's simply the sign of increasing profits. You need to expect this to happen in a normal market, not worry about it when it happens.
Also, you're 34 years old. You don't need to be watching the DJIA. These are a few large US stocks. You need much more investments in terms of mid, small, value, international, emerging, etc., to balance your risk and increase returns. The DJIA is a tomato. You need to invest in a salad.
If you invested in large US stocks, you've seen a decade of 0% returns. If you diversified, I can show similar indexes of stocks that doubled during the same time period.
What's the difference? One is a tomato. One is a salad. Both are 100% stocks. And, as a 34 year old, one is entirely inappropriate. And, I would also say, so is the idea that you would base your 20-30-40 year money on a current 'high.'
I assure you the money that you invest for decades down the road will be far higher. And, you shouldn't worry about each 'high.' You should worry about what mix you have that may give you the best chance for the most growth. Over decades, that won't be the DJIA.
It sounds as if you have much less to invest, in my opinion, if you may need it for your career change. Short-term investing is gambling. Investing is a long-term proposition.
I would consider how much you may need and if it may be all, then keep it in a FDIC-insured high-yield savings account until you have more clarity. However, $2,000 is not going to cover most emergencies or replacement of income for any substantial period of time. What would you have if you had 3 months without income, the need to replace / fix a car or major asset, and a health issue for example? I think you may have greater needs for an emergency fund, especially considering the unknowns with your income.