Taxes, whether we admit it or not, drive a lot of our personal finance decisions. Avoiding or lowering them can influence where we choose to live, what kind of car we buy, where we send our children to school, whether we purchase a house, and many other everyday decisions. Everyone tries to limit the amount of taxes they pay. Taxes play a large role when we invest for retirement, as well.
Riding the highs, and experiencing the lows, it is the way of the investment market. However, what if we told you that the key to sound and quality investing is learning how to keep cool when the market is in turmoil? In this article, we look at some of the techniques that can help you manage your emotions and expectations during market uncertainty.
Markets crash all the time. You should, at minimum, expect stocks to fall at least 10% once a year, 20% once every few years, 30% or more once or twice a decade, and 50% or more once or twice during your lifetime. Those who don't understand this will eventually learn it the hard way.
Someone emailed me last week asking why this is:
Do you look forward to a large tax refund? If so, you are willingly giving the IRS a tax free loan. Check your withholding to make sure you are being efficient with your hard earned paycheck!