Sound Asset Management Inc.
Russell Wayne is a Certified Financial Planner and President and Chief Investment Officer of Sound Asset Management, Inc., an independent financial advisor based in Weston, Connecticut primarily serving clients in the greater New York tristate region and throughout New England.
Russell began his career with Arnold Bernhard & Co., Inc., the parent company of Value Line, Inc. Positions he held while associated with Value Line included Managing Editor, The Value Line Investment Survey; Portfolio Adviser, The Value Line Mutual Funds; Executive Editor, The Value Line OTC Special Situations Service; Business Manager, Value Line, Inc.; Portfolio Manager, Value Line Asset Management; and Director of Investment Software, Value Line Software.
From 1991 to 1995, Russell was Vice-President and Chief Investment Officer with Heine Management Group. He was also Vice-President and Secretary of the LMH Fund, Ltd. Clients for whom he has managed portfolios include Xerox, Texas Utilities, National Maritime Union, and United Cerebral Palsy Association.
Russell has been a featured guest on television, including CNN and the Bloomberg Network. He has been quoted in leading business print periodicals and well-known websites, including The Wall Street Journal, Barron's, BusinessWeek, The Wall Street Transcript, The New York Times, Investment News, MSNBC, Yahoo! Finance, NASDAQ, and Facebook.
Russell earned his B.A. and M.B.A. at Hofstra University. He earned his Certificate in Financial Planning from Florida State University and has pursued postgraduate studies at New York University School of Law. He is listed in Who's Who In The East, Who's Who In Finance and Industry, Who's Who In America, and Who's Who in the World. Russell has contributed to a number of published works. His own published works include Markets, Myths, and Memories (2010) and Live Well and Sleep Well With Your Investments Now and When You Retire (2016).
Russell is a proud member of the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors.
M.B.A. (Finance and Investments). B.A., N.Y.U. Law, Hofstra University
Certified Financial Planner, Florida State University
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If you're in short-term bond funds, I would think that the return you are getting will be superior to that available from cash, i.e., money market funds. So long as these funds holdings are high quality bonds, I see no reason why you would sell and move to cash. If you were holding long-term bond funds, I would suggest otherwise since rising interest rates tend to have the greatest negative impact on bonds with long maturities.
Your interest in planning for the future is commendable. You should certainly continue to save and invest since what you do today will play an important role in where you will be in years ahead. At any time in your investing efforts, it's essential to diversify your commitments. With many decades between now and your retirement, you would be best served by holding a combination of broad-based U.S. and interernational equity funds. Although equities are susceptible to wide price fluctuation, they also provide the most substantial returns. Over periods of 20 years or longer, it has always been the asset class of choice. With that said, however, there will come a time when you will want to dial down the risk exposure. When you're in your 40s, that's when you should add fixed-income holdings. As time passes, fixed-income holdings will become an increasing percentage of your portfolio.
With TD Ameritrade, you have many different investment opportunities. Cryptocurrencies, though, must be considered speculations, not investments. If you feel strongly about holding some, I suggest you limit the funds you commit to what you are prepared to lose.
Bottom line: Continue to invest and continue to save, but do it wisely as part of a diversified plan.
Most annuities are not good investments, whether for monthly income or otherwise. Why? Because the ongoing expenses, often in the 1.00% to 1.50% range and higher, eat away at the returns that are generated along the way. With a fixed annuity, there are guaranteed monthly payments that usually continue as long as you live. But the trade-off is that you must transfer funds to the insurance company and shoulder the risk that you will not live long enough to make the arrangement worthwhile. In the case of variable annuities, however, the funds remain yours. Later on, you may choose to annuitize them or withdraw them as a lump sum.
Typically, annuities are bought by folks who have exhausted others ways of deferring taxes. Taxes are due when funds are withdrawn. The downside is that withdrawals are taxed at ordinary income rates. In the absence of a need to defer taxes, you would be better served by buying several widely diversified equity and fixed-income funds and setting up a systematic withdrawal plan to meet your monthly needs.
The possibility of borrowing from your life insurance policy depends on the type of policy it is. If it is what's typically referred to as a whole life, universal, or variable universal policy, the answer is yes. If you borrow from one of these types of policies you are withdrawing from the cash value of the policy. There will be interest payable and may be additional fees assessed. You will need to pay the interest when due. If not paid, that may trigger a taxable event. Keep in mind that whatever is withdrawn and not paid back will be deducted from the death benefit.
If it's a term life policy, the answer is most definitely no.
Some just buy treasury securities. That's known as a flight to quality, which typically happens on the way down.
Bear markets are driven by fear, so when stocks go into the tank investors may tend to sell, often far too late. This, of course, is illogical, because in most cases, when prices go down, it's a good time to buy. In the stock market, however, what's logical is a path that's rarely followed.
Bear markets don't announce themselves. They just happen. They begin with a sell-off when that most folks dismiss as a brief correction. As they deepen, the question then becomes how far down will it go. From my many decades of experience, it's been obvious that most investors are so shocked by what's going on that they do nothing. Or, at the point of greatest pain (the bottom), they sell. Very few have the fortitude to view the situation unemotionally and move their money to where the best opportunities are. During bear markets, the best opportunities are in stocks, since the sell-off has reduced values to much more attractive levels. But it's the rare investor who has the courage to buy in. Most are paralyzed by fear.