A Publication of WTVP

The summer’s headlines grew increasingly shocking:

The violence and instability, along with worries about the Federal Reserve ending its market-bolstering stimulus and raising interest rates, precipitated a negative return in July for the Dow Jones Industrial average, the first decline in 2014. Should you be taking steps to protect your portfolio?

If the recent geopolitical events have made you uneasy about the possible effects on your portfolio, now might be a good time to evaluate the real risks you are taking. You have to allocate your assets to avoid Undue Risk which will help protect your portfolio through the inevitable wars, natural disasters, recessions and depressions that will occur.That’s right – not if, will. A well-diversified portfolio provides peace of mind.

Here are some tips for weathering today’s troubles—and those to come in the years ahead:

Be sure that you and your investment advisers are qualified to understand and test the volatility and risk consequences your portfolio faces before the next big bad event happens.

Chris Snyder and Haitham “Hutch” Ashoo are co-founders of Pillar Wealth Management LLC of Walnut Creek, California, specializing in customized wealth management advice to affluent families. Get their white paper, Intelligent Investing: Making Smart Investing Decisions in Today’s Volatile Market, at