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.

Why Your Clients and Prospects Need You

Don Connelly audio post - golf

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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