In this category you will find blog posts with tips and shared wisdom about investing. Some posts are from Don Connelly’s experience in general and others are prompted by real-life people questions to Don.

Investing in a Bull Market

Am I oversimplifying things? - AskDON episode

This is an AskDON audio episode where Don Connelly answers Larry’s question about investing. Larry is from Texas, he’s been in the business eleven years and he is managing just a shade under $100 million.

Larry’s question was:

“The market’s been up four years, without a correction. What do you say when people comment that maybe the market’s too high?”

Click the play button to listen to Don’s answer or read the transcript below.

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How to Explain to Prospects They Should Invest Now

How to Explain to Your Prospect They Should Invest Now

As you know better than I, clients are always looking for a more convenient time to invest. There’s always something to do – like buy a new car, redo the home, whatever it is.

The time to invest is now – we can’t put it off.

* This podcast originally appeared on Don Connelly 24/7. Click the play button or read the transcript below.

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Why It’s Good News that Investments Go Up and Down

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*This is a podcast originally posted on Don Connelly 24/7 learning center*

Mr. and Mrs. Client, on your way to meeting your goals, your investments will go up and down in value. Now I understand everyone’s game plan is to buy something that goes up. That’s about the extent of the plan. The reality is investments go up and down in value.

What we have to realize is volatility is not risk. Volatility is volatility.

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Always Remember Your Clients’ Reasons to Invest

Failing to understand a client’s goals and objectives ranks highly when it comes to why financial advisors get fired. So it pays to remember that your client’s reasons to invest are the same as they’ve always been: they want to generate more cash in the future, whether it’s to send the kids to college, or to retire on a yacht in the Caribbean.

Your clients want to educate their children and build a retirement fund. That’s generally it.

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31 Motivational Quotes to Drive Financial Success

A Financial Advisor’s job is not just limited to giving the right advice. It also involves challenges like: motivating investors to act and managing client behavior throughout the investment cycle to keep them from distractions caused by the market fluctuations.

Sometimes your attempts to satisfy clients or convince prospects to trust your financial plans may seem ineffective, making it difficult to keep the conversation alive and positive. Have you thought that in such cases all you might need is an ice-breaker?

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Why Your Clients and Prospects Need You

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Let’s talk some more about Mr. and Mrs. Client and why they need to invest now and with you. The whole discussion of commissions and fees is not about the question ‘what your commission is’; it’s ‘why should I pay a commission? Do I need to pay a commission or a fee when I can do this on my own? Why should I have a financial advisor?’

So when somebody says “What are your commissions? What are your fees?” I’d say “Let’s discuss the real question here, which is: do you need an advisor?”

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Empathize, Don’t Sympathize

Am I oversimplifying things? - AskDON episode

There is never a convenient time to invest. The market is too high, the market is too low, we need a new kitchen first and a million other reasons are readily available. The toughest investment decision every prospective investor faces is the decision to do it. This is where you must play bad cop.

A big part of your job is getting people to do what they don’t always want to do.

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Play The Cards The Market Deals You

Investing Wisdom - Stock Market Trends

There are things we know and there are things we don’t know. A first thing we know is that every single time the stock market has gone down, it has come back.

A second thing we know is that every single time the market has gone down and come back, it has gone on to set new highs.

And, a third thing we know is that a perplexingly large number of investors lose money in the stock market, despite knowing the first two things.

What we don’t know is what the market will do tomorrow.

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Client Goals Are Not Reduced by Falling Markets

Client Goals and Falling Markets - Investing Wisdom

The biggest challenge every investor (and, actually, every Advisor) faces is staying fully invested in the face of bad news. It’s only normal to want to escape danger. Unfortunately, fleeing danger means timing the market. The stock market is too fragmented to successfully time over an extended period. In too many ways, tactical asset allocation is churning without the commissions.

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