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Five Planning Strategies for Turbulent Markets

Market turbulence is a challenge, but also an opportunity if faced head-on

In times of economic upheaval, the natural reaction for many investors is to react with fear and anxiety. Market volatility can unsettle the most seasoned of investors, but with strategic planning and a calm approach, it's possible to emerge in a stronger position. Whether it's a downturn in the stock market, fluctuating interest rates, or broader economic uncertainty, several of our wealth-planning strategies can help you navigate these turbulent periods. Here are five tactics to consider:

1. Tax-Loss Harvesting

Market downturns can be disheartening, but they also present unique opportunities for strategic tax planning. Tax-loss harvesting allows investors to sell off investments that have decreased in value, offsetting the capital gains that have been realized from other investments. This strategy may not only help in managing your investment portfolio more effectively but also in mitigating your overall tax liability, making it a possibly prudent move during market dips.  

2. Diversification

The adage "don't put all your eggs in one basket" holds especially true in the context of investment strategies. A concentrated portfolio may offer substantial returns during good times but can lead to significant losses when the market takes a downturn. Diversifying your investments across different asset classes, industries, and geographic locations can help mitigate risks, especially when you need to take distributions during inevitable market downturns.

A well-diversified portfolio may absorb shocks better and position an investor for a smoother investment journey over the long term.

3. Buying Low

A declining market may seem like a cause for concern, but for the astute investor, it represents an opportunity. Quality stocks may be available at lower prices, presenting a chance to purchase shares of financially sound companies at a discount. This approach requires a keen eye for opportunity and the patience to hold investments until the market recovers. While timing the market perfectly is challenging, adopting a long-term perspective and focusing on the fundamentals can potentially yield benefits.

4. Insurance

Insurance plays a crucial role in comprehensive wealth planning. Life and health insurance policies not only provide peace of mind but can also be strategically used to manage financial liabilities, including inheritance taxes. Moreover, in an environment of rising interest rates, the cost of premiums for certain types of insurance, such as whole life cover, may decrease, presenting an opportunity to secure coverage at a more favorable rate. 

5. Strategic Annual Gifting

For those looking to support their loved ones in achieving major life milestones, such as purchasing a home, strategic gifting can be a powerful tool, especially in a market where higher interest rates demand larger down payments. Annual gifting can help manage the size of your taxable estate while providing immediate financial assistance to family members navigating a challenging housing market.

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Implementing these strategies requires careful planning and a nuanced understanding of the market and personal financial goals. Working with a professional whom you trust can provide guidance to help navigate these complex decisions. By adopting a strategic approach to wealth planning and preservation, investors can not only work toward safeguarding their assets during turbulent times but also better position themselves for growth as the market recovers. 

Remember, turbulence in the markets is not just a challenge; it's an opportunity for those prepared to face it head-on.

Important Disclosures

The opinions voiced in this material are for general information only and are not intended to provide specific advice or recommendations for any individual. To determine which investment(s) may be appropriate for you, consult your financial professional prior to investing.

Investing involves risks including possible loss of principal. No investment strategy or risk management technique can guarantee return or eliminate risk in all market environments.

There is no guarantee that a diversified portfolio will enhance overall returns or outperform a non-diversified portfolio. Diversification does not protect against market risk. 

This information is not intended to be a substitute for specific individualized tax advice. We suggest that you discuss your specific tax issues with a qualified tax advisor. 

The tax-loss harvesting and other tax strategies discussed should not be interpreted as tax advice and there is no representation that such strategies will result in any particular tax consequence. Clients should consult with their personal tax advisors regarding the tax consequences of investing.

This article was partially prepared by FMeX.

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