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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

Money in Motion Part 2: Family Matters

In marriage and divorce, through life and death, your money is in motion. Making the right financial decisions can feel downright impossible when relationships and emotions come into play, but protecting your family and future is especially critical during these times. Here are five moments when your family may set your money in motion and what to look out for when they do: Getting married You probably already know that nearly 50% of all marriages in the U.S. end in divorce or separation, but did you know that arguing about finances every week increases the likelihood of divorce by 30%?…

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Midterms create market volatility

The stock market does not perform well in the year leading up to midterm elections. This year’s election may just add to the overall woes besetting equities. Historically, the average annual return of the benchmark S&P 500 Index in the 12 months before the November 5 election is 0.3%, versus the historical average of 8.1%. in non-mid-term years. In 2022, of course, with the S&P 500 down more than 20%, those historical numbers look fairly good. Unfortunately, volatility also tends to rise before and after midterm elections. Will midterm elections cause a market dip in 2022? But this year is…

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Unpopular opinions in the face of a bear market

Recently I had the honor of presenting at the 36th Private Wealth Management Summit. My audience was a few hundred-ish other investment advisors. The event was described as “an invitation-only, premium summit bringing leading private wealth management investors and innovative fund managers and consultants together.” Although I was given the role of advising other advisors, I certainly wouldn’t describe myself as “leading.” Perhaps “innovative,” if, in this case, innovative means “social pariah.” Let me tell you the story of how Allen Harris made about 600 eyeballs roll. It’s too late to make defensive moves in your portfolios My presentation was titled…

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Current News: June 27, 2022 Has the stock market priced in expected Fed rate hikes?

On June 15, 2022, the Federal Reserve’s Open Market Committee (FOMC) raised the federal funds rate to 1.65 percent. They vowed to “undertake open market operations as necessary to maintain the federal funds rate in a target range of 1.5-to-1.75 percent.” Let’s call it 1.75 percent for today’s discussion, which is in line with the usual commentary. According to Bloomberg data, the bond market is pricing in that short-term interest rates will hit 3.6 percent. How might short-term interest rates reach 3.6%? Let’s plot how the Fed could drive short-term interest rates to 3.6 percent. As of June 15, 2022,...

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