If I Could Only Teach One Financial Lesson

Payton Simon |

Picture this: You have only one shot to impart a single financial lesson to your children, grandchildren, or anyone dear to you. What would it be? Would it be about saving, investing, or budgeting? The truth is, there are countless essential money lessons that everyone should learn, but if you could only teach one, what would it be? In this article, I’ll share what I believe is the most impactful financial lesson that could change yours and your loved ones’ lives.

Take Emotions Out of Your Financial Plan

Emotions can play a significant role in how we manage our finances, which can often cause us to make impulsive decisions that end up hurting our long-term financial goals. For example, many people panic during market downturns and sell their investments at a loss, only to miss out on potential gains when the market rebounds. On the other hand, some people may become overconfident during bull markets and take on too much risk, leaving them vulnerable to significant losses when the market eventually corrects.

One way to take emotions out of your financial plan is by automating your savings and investments. Setting up automatic contributions to your retirement accounts and investment portfolios takes the decision-making process out of the equation. This can help you avoid the temptation to react to short-term market movements and remain focused on your long-term goals. It can also help you develop good financial habits and create a consistent pattern of saving that can benefit you for years to come.

You can also consider developing a disciplined and consistent approach to managing your money. This means creating a well-thought-out financial plan that takes into account your goals, risk tolerance, and time horizon. It involves sticking to your plan even when the market gets volatile or when you’re faced with unexpected financial challenges. By doing so, you’ll be less likely to make rash decisions that can hurt your financial well-being, and more likely to reach your long-term financial goals.

Stay the Course

Investing in the stock market can be an emotional roller coaster, with ups and downs that can cause even the most experienced investors to second-guess their decisions. But staying the course and not getting swayed by the latest tech stock or panicking during market volatility can be crucial to experiencing long-term financial success.

To stay focused on your financial plan, it’s important to keep your attention on the long term and not get distracted by short-term market noise. Avoid making impulsive investment decisions based on fear or anxiety; instead, rely on a consistent investment approach. 

This means diversifying your portfolio across different asset classes and industries, rebalancing regularly to stay aligned with your goals, and avoiding trying to time the market, which is a notoriously difficult task even for the most experienced investors. By staying committed to your investment plan, you’ll be better positioned to weather short-term market volatility and reach your financial goals.

Partner With a Professional

Because emotions can cloud your judgment and lead to poor financial decisions, it’s essential to develop a solid financial plan and stick to it through market ups and downs. Working with a financial advisor can help you stay on track and avoid the impulsive decisions that are based in fear or anxiety. 

At Rosemeyer Management Group, we recognize that investing is a long-term game, and work to support you toward a well-thought-out strategy. Don’t let your emotions derail your financial goals. Take a step back, review your plan, and stay the course. To discuss our offerings for your family or business, schedule an introductory appointment online or by calling us at 608-348-2274. For any questions, feel free to reach out to me at payton@rosemeyermg.com.

About Payton

Payton Simon is an investment advisor representative at Rosemeyer Management Group, an SEC Registered Investment Advisor based in Platteville, WI. Payton spends his days providing in-depth investment analysis and aiding in the development of customized, comprehensive retirement, tax, and estate planning strategies to help his clients reach their retirement goals. Payton is passionate about doing his best for every client he serves and making sure they don’t have any blind spots or missed opportunities in their financial plan. He strives to do his part to close the financial literacy gap so people can feel confident and empowered about their financial future. Payton has a bachelor’s degree in finance with a minor in accounting from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse. Outside of work, Payton is active in his local Catholic parish and incorporates his faith into every aspect of his life. He loves spending time with his family and friends and is a sports enthusiast, playing golf, basketball, and baseball. To learn more about Payton, connect with him on LinkedIn.