Category Archives: John Cummuta

Why We Recommend Private Equity Real Estate Funds

Why We Recommend Private Equity Real Estate Funds

With U.S. equity markets at historical highs and many bonds offering minuscule returns, where can high-net-worth investors turn for income, particularly as so many move into retirement?

Investing in U.S and global real estate previously meant investing in the actual properties—a prospect mostly available to institutional and accredited investors. Today, the asset class is becoming more broadly available to high net worth individuals through new private equity funds. While requiring a long-term commitment from investors, these funds seek to capitalize on favorable real estate market conditions, with some featuring monthly or quarterly liquidity.

Real estate has proven to be a successful asset class, with a 9.7 percent 20-year annualized total return as of the second quarter 2017 (based on data from the NCREIF Property Index, or NPI). That this encompasses the global financial crisis and subsequent real estate slump makes the overall track record even more impressive.

There are five primary reasons to invest in private equity real estate funds: (Read More on National Real Estate Investor)

SMARTEST Wealth Systems recommends:

Caliber – The Wealth Development Company

ThriveFP – Invest With a Purpose

Who should pay for college…your child or you?

Who should pay for college…your child or you?

You’re aging. You can’t stop that…well…unless you die. But, let’s say you live. Who will house and feed you when you get older and don’t want to, or can’t, work to support yourself? I was recently on a training webinar for Private Family Banking, and a story was told about a couple whose children were… Continue Reading

5 Non-Optional Steps to Gen-X Money Success

5 Non-Optional Steps to Gen-X Money Success

Generation X is the current “Squeeze” generation. You may have children in or about to go into college. You may have parents who need or will soon need your physical and perhaps financial help. And, oh yeah, you have your own hopes and dreams. All these demands will take money…your money. And, if that wasn’t… Continue Reading

Boomers could crush the stock market, because…

Boomers could crush the stock market, because…

Millions of Baby Boomers are retiring every year, and as they start taking funds from their retirement accounts, they’re forced to sell stocks to withdraw cash. Basic economics tells us that, as the supply of stocks for sale on the markets increases, share prices are pressured downward. Supply and demand. As supply increases, with fixed… Continue Reading

Your Financial Fighter Plane

Your Financial Fighter Plane

It was bright and sunny this morning, with temps in the low 90s, when Lois and I walked out our front door for our regular 2.5-mile morning walk. A typical Arizona summer morning. We walk a route through our palm-lined neighborhood, which gets us within about a mile and a half of the Luke Air… Continue Reading

Five Pillars of Retirement Income

Five Pillars of Retirement Income

Financial advisor, Michael Kitces, says, “The modern retirement portfolio will really rely on four pillars for retirement income – interest, dividends, capital gains, and principal.” Most Americans can add Social Security as a 5th retirement income pillar, and in this article, we’ll examine these 5 post-employment income sources, their tax consequences, and how they might… Continue Reading

I thought it was just a fable, but it’s true!

We’ve all heard the Aesop Fable about the Tortoise and the Hare. A hare ridicules a slow-moving tortoise until the tortoise challenges the boastful rabbit to a race. The hare soon leaves the tortoise in the dust, and is so confident of winning, he stops to take a nap. However, when the hare awakes, he… Continue Reading

How You Retire Determines How Much $ You’ll Need

How You Retire Determines How Much $ You’ll Need

According to an excellent blog article by Financial Advisor, Michael Kitces, there are 3 common ways people retire: An extended semi-retirement Traditional retirement Mini-retirements What’s eye-opening in his presentation is the effect these choices have on how much you’ll need to save, depending on which “retirement” you plan to do. I’ve included one of Kitces’… Continue Reading