Planning For Independence

Ike IkokwuFinancial Guides, Financial Independence Coach, The Blog

I would like for you to view “retirement” as the dirty “R” Word. I know a lot of those in the financial services industry help clients plan for retirement but all of them are missing the boat. You should not be planning for retirement but instead should be planning for financial independence.

Becoming Debt Free

Ike IkokwuFinancial Guides, Financial Independence Coach, The Blog

Ever feel the weight of the world coming down on you? That’s the way anyone feels when they are buried under the rubble of what I call “bad debt.” So what is bad debt? Bad debt is any consumer debt that does nothing to increase your financial position but instead further deteriorates your financial position.

Estimating Your Retirement Income

Ike IkokwuFinancial Guides, The Blog

Most people have three possible sources of retirement income: (1) Social Security, (2) pension payments, and (3) savings and investments. The income that will have to be provided through savings and investments (which you can plan for) can be determined only after you have estimated the income you can expect from Social Security and from any pension plans (over which … Read More

Your Retirement Plan

Ike IkokwuFinancial Guides, Financial Independence Coach, The Blog

How To Get Started The number of people who are financially unprepared for retirement is staggering. One study revealed that more than half of the adults in the U.S. were planning to depend solely on Social Security for retirement income. Another study indicated that the great majority of Americans do not save nearly enough money. This Financial Guide provides you … Read More

The Efficient Frontier

Ike IkokwuFinancial Guides, Financial Independence Coach, The Blog

The “efficient frontier” concept is a key to investment success. A graph demonstrating the efficient frontier is shown below. Any expected return (left side of graph) carries with it an expected risk (bottom of graph). This risk-reward relationship varies from individual to individual. Conservative investors cannot tolerate more than a low level of risk, and are willing to accept a … Read More

What Is Right For You?

Ike IkokwuFinancial Guides, Financial Independence Coach, The Blog

It’s important to be informed about asset allocation so as to avoid the “cookie cutter” approach that many investors end up accepting. Many of the asset allocations performed today take this “one size fits all” approach. There are all sorts of investment recommendations continually flowing from the financial press. The key question is: Are they suitable for you? Regardless of … Read More

How Are Asset Allocation Models Built?

Ike IkokwuFinancial Guides, Financial Independence Coach, The Blog

Simply stated, financial advisors build asset allocation models by (1) taking historic market data on classes of securities, individual securities, interest rates and various market conditions; (2) applying projections of future economic conditions and other relevant factors; (3) analyzing, comparing and weighting the data with computer programs; and (4) further analyzing the data to create model portfolios.

What Are the Asset Classes?

Ike IkokwuFinancial Guides, Financial Independence Coach, The Blog

The securities that exist in today’s financial markets can be divided into four main classes: stocks, bonds, cash, and foreign holdings, with the first two representing the major part of most portfolios. These categories can be further subdivided by “style.” Let’s take a look at these classes in the context of mutual fund investments:

How Does Asset Allocation Work?

Ike IkokwuFinancial Guides, Financial Independence Coach, The Blog

Asset allocation planning can range from the relatively simple to the complex. It can range from generic recommendations that have no relevance to your specific needs (dangerous) to recommendations based on sophisticated computer techniques (very reliable although far from perfect). Between these extremes, it can include recommendations based only on your time horizon (still risky) or on your time horizon … Read More