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Financial Planning for Creatives

You’ve honed your creative skills; now, let us handle the complexities of your finances. At Able Wealth Management, our focus is delivering individualized financial advice to creative professionals like you.

New York City’s Financial Advisor for the Creative Class

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Creatives have always been trailblazers, forging paths where others see only obstacles. Let us be your guide on this financial journey. At Able Wealth Management, we don’t see you as just another client. We recognize the passion, courage, and determination behind your craft. We believe that financial stability should not come at the expense of artistic freedom. 

We believe that financial stability should not come at the expense of artistic freedom. Our services are designed to help artists secure their financial future while preserving their ability to focus on their current creative pursuits. Through comprehensive financial planning and expert advice, we empower creatives to create a balance between their financial and artistic goals.

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We're not just about numbers. We're about supporting your creative journey. We want to see you succeed and are here to provide the financial guidance you need to make that happen.

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We understand that artists and creatives have unique financial needs, from managing irregular income to planning for the future. We are experienced in working with artists and creatives.

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Just like no two works of art are the same, no two financial plans should be either. We tailor our financial planning services to your individual needs and goals.

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Volatility Drag

Volatility drag, often unnoticed by many investors, plays a significant role in the performance of investment portfolios, especially in markets characterized by high volatility. Understanding volatility drag is crucial for making informed investment decisions and managing long-term investment performance.

Understanding Volatility Drag

Volatility drag refers to the negative effect of investment volatility on compound returns over time. It occurs because losses have a more significant impact on portfolio value than gains of the same magnitude. For example, if an investment loses 10% one year and gains 10% the next, the investment will not return to its starting value due to the mathematical asymmetry between gains and losses. This phenomenon underscores the importance of minimizing large fluctuations in investment value to protect long-term returns.

The Mathematics Behind Volatility Drag

The mathematical principle underlying volatility drag is relatively straightforward but profound in its implications for investors. The key concept is that percentage gains and losses are not symmetrical. A 50% loss requires a 100% gain to break even, not a 50% gain. This asymmetry means that volatility (up and down movements in price) can erode the compound growth rate of an investment, even if the arithmetic mean of the returns seems healthy.

Example of Volatility Drag

Consider an investment with the following annual returns: +20%, -15%, +10%, and -5%. While the arithmetic mean of these returns might suggest a modest positive performance, the compound annual growth rate (CAGR) would tell a different story, factoring in the volatility drag and showing a lower effective return than the arithmetic mean would suggest.

Implications for Investors

  • Risk Management: Understanding volatility drag emphasizes the importance of risk management strategies, such as diversification and the use of derivatives for hedging, to minimize significant downturns in portfolio value.
  • Investment Strategy: Investors might consider investment strategies that aim for steady, consistent returns over those with potentially higher but more volatile returns. Such strategies might include investing in low-volatility stocks, index funds, or using dollar-cost averaging to mitigate the impact of market fluctuations.
  • Psychological Aspects: Volatility drag also highlights the psychological challenge for investors who may overreact to short-term market movements. A long-term perspective is crucial for successful investing, as frequent trading in response to volatility can exacerbate the drag on returns.
  • Performance Evaluation: When assessing investment performance, considering both the arithmetic mean return and the compound annual growth rate (CAGR) can provide a more comprehensive view of an investment’s performance, factoring in the effect of volatility.

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