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The Extra Mile

Zack Marcotte, Financial Advisor

A client told me he had recently changed jobs and asked if I would roll over his 401(k)—into an existing Roth account. I asked if he knew whether his original 401(k) had been a traditional, or a Roth. Was he sure?

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Peter Coughlin, Executive Director

Two of our clients, a husband and wife on the West Coast, are successful entrepreneurs raising three beautiful children. Their oldest child is a freshman in high school and an elite athlete, traveling the United States and Canada playing hockey.

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Scott C. Little, Vice President

Last Thanksgiving, a client emailed me, asking to transfer funds to another account of hers—electronically. But we can’t do that by email. So, I let her know I’d need to call her.

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Insights & Advice

Supply chain chaos

Americans are used to purchasing products, either on credit or cash, and having them delivered within a week, at the latest. Repairing those products (such as appliances) may take a little longer but not by much. The pandemic has changed all that. Now, I am not talking about empty shelves instead of toilet paper. That was last year’s problem. No, it’s about things like accessories, parts, and even some large appliances. Take my nine-year-old refrigerator, for example. The water dispenser on the outside door doesn’t work. This has been going on for a year and the part needed to fix…

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CAPITAL IDEAS: Do you have excess savings?

The U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has almost recovered from its pandemic loss. According to JP Morgan, the last GDP calculation was merely 1.3 percent less than its February 2020 peak. According to the Atlanta Fed’s GDPNow forecast, the U.S. economy will surpass its pre-COVID-19 peak this quarter. With the caveat that we’re only about two-thirds of the way through and anything can happen in a month (remember March 2020?), the Atlanta Fed’s model currently forecasts a 9.6 percent growth rate of GDP for the first quarter of 2021. Unfortunately, that sounds better than it is. The official unemployment rate of 6.3…

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Higher interest rates clobber stocks

In the grand scheme of things, a small, upward blip in the yield of the U.S. ten-year Treasury bond should be of little concern to equity investors.  But sometimes, when the conditions are ripe, even the tiniest spark can cause a conflagration within a speculative stock market. As readers are aware, interest rates have been trading at historically low levels for some time. The onset of the Coronavirus forced our Federal Reserve Bank to pin them even lower. Essentially, it is why the stock market has been having such a great run. Investors have been conditioned to just assume that,…

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Current News: March 5, 2021 The Ides of March and the Market

It was a rough week in the markets. Investors were whipsawed throughout the week and finished down once again. I expect more of the same for investors this month. However, I don’t expect stocks to go straight down, find a bottom and then rebound. This downdraft is occurring at about the same time that markets sold off last year, but I do not expect the kind of severe correction we suffered through then. Overall, I am anticipating a 10-15% decline as I mentioned last week. Actually, as of Friday (March 5, 2021) morning, we have suffered a 6.3% decline from...

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