So much attention among people in insurance and financial services is being placed on Dodd-Frank, the DOL’s fiduciary rule and the Affordable Care Act — and for good reason.
But have we taken our eye off the ball of potentially more damaging financial problems?
I’m talking about exposure to the market, emotional investing and the misguided belief in market timing.
“I can tell you that when the bank stocks roar higher and are good investments, then commercial lending and economic expansion aren’t far behind,” — Jim Cramer, Mad Money, 2/15/17
On January 25, the Dow Jones industrial average did not roar past 20,000. After months or hovering around that elusive barrier, the Dow cleared the bar. It was a psychological relief more then an economic one, and vindication for the people who rushed out to buy DOW 20,000 hats.
Where’s the ceiling? Or, better yet, where’s the floor? Stop me if this sounds familiar, but haven’t we seen a run up of the market before? I’m guessing many of you (and your clients) experienced the 2001 dot-com bubble and the 2007 housing bubble, which would lead to the 2008 financial crisis. Back in those go-go days, bank stocks and commercial lending were roaring as well.
Oh, how long ago 2008 seems now. And how soon we forget.
In discussing emotional investing, I could talk about the tulip mania that swept through 17th century Europe, a time when a single Semper Augustus bulb traded for 12 acres of land. Instead, let’s look at a more recent event, election night.
The pollsters and pundits — the so-called experts — predicted a Clinton victory. The smart money guys on Wall Street followed suit. They baked a Clinton win into their investments. Whoops.