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Factor Investing Primer Series: What Is a Factor?

Factor investing, sometimes referred to as smart beta or enhanced indexing, is rooted in academic research. In their attempts to better understand the market, researchers have uncovered a number of persistent anomalies in the market. They sought to explain, then systematically exploit these “factors” in the market. As the breadth of this research evolved, researchers […]

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How and When to Invest That Bonus Money

To invest or not to invest? That is the question. For financial professionals (private equity professionals, investment bankers, and asset managers) this question surfaces on an annual basis as bonuses are paid. After determining your saving priorities, a decision must be made about how to deploy the cash. Since bonuses and carry are such a […]

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Indexing – Not as Easy as It Seems

With practically every area of the market up significantly this year, the appeal of index funds has been growing as well. Investors are attracted to the broad diversification, low cost, and tax efficiency index funds provide, and as a result, flows into index strategies eclipsed $1.6 billion in 2017 and 2018, according to Forbes. In […]

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Child’s UTMA is Ending – What Protection Exists?

Uniform Transfers to Minors Act, or UTMA, accounts are a popular way to hold investments and bank accounts for minors.  Such accounts are owned by the minor but controlled by a designated adult custodian.  The minor becomes the outright owner of the account assets when he or she reaches the age of majority specified in […]

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Market Volatility Returns

Volatility returned with a vengeance this past week, interrupting what has otherwise been an impressive first seven months of the year for global stocks. Worldwide markets have fallen 5% since the beginning of August as investors sold out of equities and moved into the safety of bonds. What is causing this volatility? Will it impact […]

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Mind the Valuation Gap

Growth has continued to outperform value in 2019, continuing what has become a decade long trend. For the year, growth stocks have outperformed value stocks 25.7% to 18.1%*. Going back 10 years, growth has outperformed value 16.5% to 13.2%* on an annualized basis (*as of July 15, 2019 using the Russell 1000 Growth and Russell […]

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Picking Up Pennies

In investments, there’s not much more boring than cash.  Sure, it provides immense comfort when the markets go south, but in the long-term, cash is the piece of your portfolio which is basically set up to fail versus inflation.  By that measure alone, it’s exposure should be limited. Even so, cash still plays a critical […]

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Behaving Badly in Las Vegas

There is arguably no better place in the world to observe bad behavior than on the Las Vegas Strip. After all, “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.” However, when it comes to behaving badly, we investors can give Vegas casino-goers a run for their money. At the 2019 AICPA ENGAGE wealth management conference in […]

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Annoying Averages

Growing up in school, no one wants to be average.  From the start, averages are ingrained into us, and behaviorally, we always want to be better than average in everything we do.  Take this question: Are you an above average driver?  My guess is you’d answer yes.  And I’d venture to say that more than […]

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Chasing Performance – Six Examples to Learn From

Who doesn’t like a story? With investments, a good story almost always accompanies chasing a hot investment. In our view, chasing performance is a dangerous game and extremely difficult to win. When it comes to investing, we believe there are no shortcuts. Higher returns equal higher risk and a greater chance of loss as a […]

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Working Wealthy – Patience

I am not a patient person. Just ask my wife, kids, co-workers, family, pedestrians I’m walking next to and the guy parallel parking in front of me. I think you get the point. Why is that? Why am I so anxious for certain things to happen in life that I miss all the good stuff […]

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The Pluses and Perils of Private Equity

As investors, there are a plethora of investment options out there and it’s important to keep track of them.  Not to chase investments or a story, but to watch how things change, what data becomes available, and when something that might not have been an investment for you looking backward should become an investment looking […]

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