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Tumwater has given me a place to have my money managed, to allow the money to work for us, thereby increasing in value every day. Tumwater invests the money into funds that grow, watches those funds to stay [diversified]. You hire a Financial Advisor to focus on increasing the value of your saved money. This allows you to focus on your own profession to succeed. The money invested then grows and is there for life’s big bills, college for youngsters, retirement, etc.

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Tumwater has been a great resource for financial planning for my future and eventually my retirement. I’ve worked with Ben to find the right balance of investments that suit my long-term saving goals. I also have appreciated Ben’s help with other savings goals, whether it’s regarding an emergency savings fund, or saving for a specific purchase. He is always willing to answer my questions and explain the rationale behind investment moves. He also reviewed my 401(k) plan which was very helpful!

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My first contact with Ben occurred when he was the Financial Advisor for my former employer… The first one-on-one meeting we held to discuss my financial future
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Financial Planning Prepares Your Portfolio for Bad Markets


Despite the S&P 500 having gained more than 32% since it’s lowest point back on March 23rd (we’re now down only about 12% from the all-time high), the news media continues to overhype the negative.

“Coronavirus Shock is Destroying Americans’ Retirement Dreams,” to name one from Bloomberg. “Even Retirees with Resources Find Coronavirus is Upending Their Financial Plans,” as seen in the Los Angeles Times.

The reality is that investors who have stayed the course have captured a remarkable recovery so far, mirroring the pattern the stock market has had through every single downturn in history. We could always see markets get worse from here but the key lesson remains that these things come and go. No one can predict them consistently. To try is to set yourself up for failure.

Another key lesson to take away is just how important planning is. Building a plan that recognizes the historical fact that the stock market has frequent, severe downturns and prepares the portfolio in advance avoids the need to react to bad markets.

Reactionary investment decisions are almost always wrong. In today’s video I talk about that aspect in a bit more detail.

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