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Risk in investing is generally understood to mean the possibility of losing money. But there is a more important distinction to consider. For instance, when you work with a broker or a money manager you complete a risk tolerance questionnaire. It basically asks you what is the maximum point of risk (loss of your money) you can stand before you spend sleepless nights and stomach-sick days?

It's June and most of you are at the beach, the lake, or the mountains. The economy seems to be growing just fast enough to avoid stalling and not so fast as to spark inflation. Stocks and bonds are also behaving nicely. So with your indulgence, it's time once again for a Cape Lookout story.

For a couple of months now we have been busy at Beacon and will continue to be throughout the summer, as we work to improve existing services and add new ones for our clients and friends. Our brand new website is the first of several major roll-outs we expect to bring you in the coming weeks and months. Please take a look and tell us what you think. You can comment at the bottom of this page. We are listening and value your feedback.

We constantly hear that Americans are not saving enough for retirement. In fact, the constancy of the message likely causes worry for even the best of savers. These are the folks who reach their final years with a big portfolio wishing they’d traveled more, retired earlier or given more during their lifetime. Often, savers can find it difficult to spend joyfully.  Here are some reasons why:

The question of whether you should pay off your mortgage is a complex one and everyone has an opinion. Some radio talk show hosts say all debts should be eliminated as fast as possible, including your mortgage. Debt presumes on the future they say. Your ability to pay might be impacted by health, job, or other unforeseen factors.

Efficiency and control are two words not generally associated with the process of active investing, but they should be. The disciplines of saving taxes, keeping expenses low, and ensuring you don’t under-perform the markets in which you invest, offer real and measurable improvements in your returns – in fact, some like Betterment and Wealthfront claim up to 4% or more. Our clients have enjoyed the benefits of control and efficiency for eight years. Here are eight ways we do it.