November 16, 2022 | Reading Time: 2.0 min
What 2022 Has Taught Us
By Brittany Hagy
What a roller coaster 2022 has been! Whether it’s at the gas pump and grocery store or in your 401k’s and investments, we’re all feeling the squeeze of current economic conditions.
Interest rates were raised again in November making this the fourth rate hike of 2022. Inflation is still high, currently sitting around 8.3%. Markets have certainly been unstable, and considering the many pressing factors, it’s yet to be determined how the markets will respond in the days ahead. How will economic patterns look in 2023 and beyond?
It’s difficult to predict, but we can all acknowledge turbulence will likely continue. This uncertainty can bring feelings of fear and anxiety, but yet, there is good news! You do not have to live in that fear. Strategic financial planning can help to combat the financial concerns and instability you experience during uncertain financial seasons.
With that in mind, this year has taught many lessons about things we can and cannot control. Let’s learn from these lessons and ease the financial pressures that weigh so heavily on us all.
First, you may not be able to control what the markets do – but you can control how your investments are positioned. Many people are taking too much risk too close to retirement. Those on the younger end have time on their side, but if you’re in the retirement red zone, the way your investments are positioned during times of volatility can make all the difference.
Second, it is impossible to avoid all risk. If you invest, you experience market risk. If you hold your funds in cash, you experience inflationary risk. Yet with proper planning and purposeful strategies, you can control both the type of risk and amount of risk you take.
Third, so much in life is unpredictable; so choose to plan for the unexpected. Plan for your future, save and invest. Yet also choose to invest in and value the people around you. Your investment accounts are certainly important, but it’s the people in your life that make you truly wealthy.
This season, choose to plan. Choose to give. Choose to love, and choose to live with gratitude. Because when you do, you choose the better way.
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