12 Mar

What to do in Times of Uncertainty

For 35 years we have been observers of the stock and bond markets and advisors to our clients. During this period there have been many, many ups and downs in the world’s stock markets. The first, when I personally started in the business, was October 1987. The US stock market suffered its biggest one-day percentage […]

Exciting Changes at Deschutes Investments

We have more reasons to celebrate this month here at Deschutes! We’ve added a Financial Wellness Specialist to our already great participant education team, and one of our key employees has reached a milestone in her career. Phil Sherman, CFP® joined us recently as a Financial Wellness Specialist. Phil works with individual clients and plan participants, […]

Mike Walters Named Partner with New Role

PORTLAND, Ore., June 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Deschutes Investment Consulting proudly announces Mike Walters, a 20-year financial services veteran who has been with Deschutes since 2012, has been named Partner, Director of Business Development. In this role Walters will be spearheading the retirement plan services group’s organic growth initiatives. “The success of this firm has come from our constant […]

03 Jun

7 easy ways to teach your kids about money

Fostering good attitudes and habits about working, earning, saving, and investing is an important part of being a parent. Teaching your kids about money is something you should consider doing from a very early age, especially since it is rarely taught in schools. Further, if you can effectively demonstrate responsible financial behaviors yourself, they will […]

04 Jan
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As we leave 2018 behind…

We originally published these comments in November of last year and they still ring true.  As they say, “this is our story and we’re sticking with it!” As we leave 2018 behind, the much-hyped synchronized global expansion has plateaued, global economic growth has become more uneven, and domestic and international markets have become more volatile. […]

28 Nov
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Is your retirement portfolio keeping up?

As you might expect, during times of increased volatility, we field more questions from clients about whether their portfolios are performing up to par. What is “par” for your portfolio anyway?  The short answer is “it depends.” I often hear people talking about the “market.”  The “market” was up by 500 points or down by […]

13 Nov

More Choices, More Confusion

Part II of a series on 401(k) best practices. Read Part I. The attitude toward retirement was changing back in the early 1980s. The concept moved from retirement as a reward given by the company for a long and loyal career, to one of personal responsibility. Employees loved the control they could have with the […]

25 Aug

Preparing for Retirement Part Three: Spending

What You Really Need to Know There are events in our lives that we can accurately call momentous. Marrying, having children, buying a home, changing careers—all of these and many others, including retirement, qualify. Preparing for these life changes should involve creating a spending plan. You may have already estimated your income in retirement, likely […]

17 Apr

Preparing for Retirement Part Two: Emotional

Retirement is about much more than money. At retirement, you enter a very different phase of life, one where your time is your own. No longer will you be slave to the alarm clock, nor will the boss have a say about where you are and what you do. For most of us, the prospect […]