A Lesson on Patience I Learned from My Dad

Phil Albitz, CFP®

Phil Lesson On Patience

Today I’m going to talk about some investment lessons I learned from my Dad. My Dad passed away about 20 years ago. He was a hard working man who gained common sense from experience. I learned a lot from him. I learned about persistence, enthusiasm, and that your word is your bond. He taught me that your handshake should mean just as much as any written contract. He taught me to be on time and to keep your promises.

Now that I’m a grandpa, I remember how much he loved his grandkids; and it makes me want to be one of the better granddads around. I miss my folks but I guess that is why memories are so cool.

I’ve been in the financial service business for 37 years and I’ve thought about some of the things my Dad told me when I was young that had nothing to do with investing, but in fact had a bearing on my mindset now when it comes to investing. You’ll see what I mean.

I remember one of my birthdays when I was young; I had received about $25 in cash for gifts. Of course, at that young age, with $25 I might just as well have been a millionaire. I started talking about all the stuff I planned to buy with my riches. I wanted to go to Pat’s Toy and Hobby Shop; I wanted to buy baseball cards; the sky was the limit. My Dad looked at me and said:

“Phil, don’t let that money burn a hole in your pocket.”

I said, “What do you mean?”

He said, “Think about it and you’ll know what I mean.”

I did think about it and I knew what he meant. Here is the investment lesson I took from that pearl of wisdom: The market is always going to be there and opportunities present themselves to those who are patient. This rings true in the stock market, the real estate market, the bond market, or any market. In the investment business, patience is a major virtue.

When it comes to the stock market, in general at least one time per year (and usually two times per year) there is a 10-15% decline in the market indexes. For individual stocks, it happens more often.

Everything was hunky-dory in 2017. 2018 was a mess; especially in the last quarter of the year. Remember looking at your statements during that time? Not a pretty sight, but the selloff created opportunities.

If you can’t find anything to buy right now, just wait. Set your price targets and parameters and then stay patient. Cash is a great alternative and isn’t trash; especially if it is set aside for opportunity. You’ll be surprised at the prices you can get if you’re patient.

Lastly, maybe you have heard the acronym FOMO: fear of missing out. That happens when the markets go up and you aren’t fully invested. FOMO causes money to burn a hole in your pocket. Don’t do that.

Until next time, I’m Phil Albitz…thanks for watching.

The views stated in this letter are not necessarily the opinion of Cetera Advisor Networks LLC and should not be construed directly or indirectly as an offer to buy or sell any securities mentioned herein. Due to volatility within the markets mentioned, opinions are subject to change with or without notice. Information is based on sources believed to be reliable; however, their accuracy or completeness cannot be guaranteed. Past performance does not guarantee future results. Investors cannot invest directly in indexes. The performance of any index is not indicative of the performance of any investment and does not take into account the effects of inflation and the fees and expenses associated with investing.

Phil Albitz


Phil Albitz is a veteran Financial Advisor and chief investment portfolio manager for our managed accounts. Phil is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional and has been registered in the securities business since 1982. His strength is in stock market analysis, portfolio design, and retirement income strategies. Phil works closely with clients to help them meet their goals and objectives in a personal and professional manner. He is an avid sports fan and spent many years coaching his two sons, Clete and Vance, in basketball and baseball. Currently, he is enjoying playing with and watching his grandchildren Cade, Cora, Cal and Henry, Kit, Roger as they grow and mature. Phil was born and raised in Southern California and resides with his wife, Velma, in Torrance.

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