Happy New Year to you! We hope you and your family had a truly joyous Christmas and holiday season.
The world in motion.
As we put 2016 behind us, we head into 2017 recognizing life is continually on the move. In a matter of days, Donald Trump will be inaugurated the 45th President of the United States. On the world stage, the media is intently focused on Trump's cabinet, policy matters, Russia, hacking, foreign policy, race relations and of course the buzz phrase of 2016—fake news.
We're certainly not diminishing the significance of what's taking place in the world today, but we think everyone can collectively agree the news cycle over this last year has simply been exhausting! Amidst all the voices and the magnitude of the noise, we know these matters can create anxiety, uncertainty, and cause you to perhaps look at the future with apprehension rather than anticipation.
So we hope to put some matters into perspective and encourage you in this – stay focused on the vision for your future and don't let any of the tumultuous events of the day derail you from that vision. You may be encouraged or discouraged by the outcome of the election season, but know that investment success has historically depended more on the strength and resilience of the American economy than on which candidate was in office.
The good news is there are many reasons for optimism about the economy.
Remember, we are not market timers. Market corrections, friction, and uncertainty come with the territory of investing, but corrections and market volatility historically have always come and gone.
Overall, we're encouraged by the prospect of an economy going forward that will be driven less by Federal Reserve policy and more on free market principles.
Your future will be determined by what transpires in your own home.
Most importantly, putting aside the market and economy, recognize your success in life has more to do with what takes place in your own house than any external forces. Your dreams for your family, your occupational goals, how you serve your community, and what you aspire to do recreationally are not fake news – they're real aspirations.
Thank you for allowing us to guide you in your vision for your future!
Truly, this is what drives us to work every day. Picture your financial life as a puzzle with pieces you put together as life unfolds. We recognize our role is to use our financial planning process to help you put these financial puzzle pieces together as needs evolve. It gives us great joy to serve you in this way and we wish you a happy, fulfilling and prosperous year ahead!
Gary Blom & Michael Howell
The opinions voiced in this material are for general information only and are not intended to provide specific advice or recommendations for any individual. All performance referenced is historical and is no guarantee of future results.
The economic forecasts set forth in this material may not develop as predicted and there can be no guarantee that strategies promoted will be successful.