We begin 2016 amidst increased volatility and uncertainty in the capital markets. The Federal Reserve is likely to continue its effort to increase interest rates; the global economic slowdown could spread into the United States; and the presidential election promises to bring about theatrics and uncertainties.

I’m often asked about how market volatility may impact investor portfolios, and there are two things I feel are certain about the capital markets. One, they are volatile. And two, they are unpredictable. So it shouldn’t surprise us when we see market corrections, and volatility is the norm, not the exception.

How do we get our own house in order so these market gyrations don’t affect our financial planning success?

Read the three financial New Year’s resolutions that I believe will help you get off to a great start in 2016 HERE as published in the Knoxville News Sentinel on Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016.