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Portfolio Strategy Review Q2 2020

‘’History doesn’t repeat itself, but it often rhymes.” Mark Twain An historic quarter in many respects. A Pandemic. Race Riots. A Trade War. Political Chaos. Yet the market so far looks like a “V”...

Rocky Mountain High: A Long Way to the Peak

The stock market was looking mostly like a V-Shape until last Thursday. The Federal Reserve made a few sensible observations about the economy, and that prompted a not so sensible 6% decline in one...

Who’s Driving this Crazy Thing?

We all view the world and our money from a unique and personal vantage point. I’ve had several calls over the past few weeks with an understandable wide range of emotions over the state of the...

Portfolio Strategy

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Portfolio Strategy Review Q2 2020

‘’History doesn’t repeat itself, but it often rhymes.” Mark Twain An historic quarter in many respects. A Pandemic. Race Riots. A Trade War. Political Chaos. Yet the market so far looks like a “V” recovery. The best quarter since 1998. While the economy appears more...

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Portfolio Strategy Review Q1 2020

 When Will We Get Back to Normal The longest bull market in history had been on virtual cruise control since 2009. In March it gave way to the fastest bear market crash in history. Market volatility returned with a vengeance as investors seek to gauge the depth and...

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Portfolio Strategy Review 2019

Elon's 420 Jig; Presidential Performance Past to Present (1981-2020) The year 2019 was an astounding year for all asset returns as the longest bull market in history continued. Markets looked past recession fears, impeachment proceedings, and heightened tensions with...

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Portfolio Strategy Review Q3 2019

Trade Tensions Markets always face uncertainty because the future is never known. Recent market activity suggests the uncertainty factor is greater than usual with impeachment hearings, drone strikes in Saudi Arabia, and a messy “Brexit” across the pond. U.S. economic...

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Portfolio Strategy Review Q2 2019

Giving Candy to a Baby Since everyone knows the US now has the “greatest economy, the likes of which the world has never seen....” what can be done for an encore? I have some good ideas. First, let’s stimulate the economy with tax cuts. Consumer spending drives 70% of...

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Portfolio Strategy Review Q1 2019

The Rebound from December The business channels keep alarming us about a potential recession and the upside-down yield curve. The stock market ignored the pessimism rebounding from December’s intense selloff. Indeed, stock markets found comfort in the temporary magic...

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401k & Retirement Planning

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Calm, Care, & Caution

Calm, Care, & Caution How to stay calm during challenging times? The late Vanguard founder John Bogle used to say that in times of market turmoil, “Don’t just do something. Stand there!” His point was that panic selling after market declines guarantees loss....

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Investment Discipline

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Bitcoin, Buffet, and Bubbles

What We Know Bitcoin – Selling off 20% today after a meteoric rise.  But what is it? Some new store of value? New mode of transacting? How is it priced? I don’t know it well enough to explain it. And I don’t care. It hasn’t been around long enough to tell if it’s a...

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Business Valuations

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Exit Planning

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The Purpose of Your Buy-Sell Agreement

A Buy-Sell agreement (BSA) serves several key purposes for business owners. A well-articulated BSA creates a ready market and liquidity to a selling owner, and should establish price, terms, and financing for the transfer. In short it spells out a process so that all...

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Advice That Matters

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The Conflicted Sale

A referral from a trusted adviser like one’s CPA usually helps to mitigate risk in selecting an investment adviser. However, just because a CPA works with numbers and is tax savvy doesn’t mean they are fully aware of the many potential conflicts that an adviser's...

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When the Message is Clear

I was doing a 401k education and enrollment session at one of the health care clinics I service. One of the attendees was especially attentive and she was taking very detailed notes. After finishing the presentation, she approached me for some more information. “I...

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Big-Brand Boilerplate Solution

A common misconception is that a big brand name financial adviser gives you safety, more resources, and a better outcome for your investment dollars. The set of facts below looks at the reality of big company business models. Corporations look for economies of scale...

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Personal Planning

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Reading For Results

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Conserving Client Portfolios

Conserving Client Portfolios During Retirement by William Bengen Written in 2006, Bengen popularized what is known as the “4% Rule.” This work on distribution and withdrawal planning for sustainable retirement income has become the de facto standard against which...

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The Remarkable Story of Risk

Against the Odds: The Remarkable Story of Risk by Peter L. Bernstein   “Likeness to Truth is not the same as Truth” I found the historical breadth and depth of this work remarkable as the title suggests. Bernstein takes us on an interesting evolutionary path of...

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