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The markets are complex.  In today’s data age, it’s easy to find more points of information.  However, it’s harder than ever to find out what parts of that information actually matter to you.  That’s the reason behind Wealth Watch.  At BDF, we want to make sure we are always thinking about what’s relevant and keeping you in the loop.

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2021 Market Review: Variants and Variances

On January 11, 2022, BDF LLC held its virtual Annual Client Event. Chad Carlson, Chief Investment Officer, and Investment Committee members Tina McMorris Barrile and Jonathan Baker discussed a number of topics around the markets, looking back to what happened in 2021 and looking forward to 2022 and beyond. Themes touched on include: 2021 Review: […]

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Impact Investing – Constructing A Portfolio

A rapidly increasing number of investors have expressed interest in – and committed dollars to – the realm of sustainable investing. This trend has not been lost on fund managers, who have significantly boosted the number of investment offerings in this field. From the perspective of investors, this change has led to meaningful improvements in […]

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It’s Like Déjà Vu All Over Again

The late New York Yankees catcher Yogi Berra was known for his non-sensical quotes, or “Yogi-isms.” One of which, “It’s like déjà vu all over again,” seems an altogether appropriate way to describe the most recent stretch in the market. We’ve been here before The discovery in South Africa of a new Coronavirus strain called […]

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Reducing Year-End Taxes on Your Investments

Nobody wants additional taxes for the holidays, so throughout the year, we look for ways to minimize them.  With year-end approaching, it’s a good time to review a few strategies that can potentially reduce your tax bill. Tax-Loss Harvesting The goal of tax loss harvesting is to stay in the market while capturing the current […]

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Stagflation…Should You Be Worried?

Stagflation. Its mere mention sends shivers down the spine of anyone old enough to remember the double-digit inflation, high unemployment, and endless gas lines of the 1970s and early-1980s. Ultimately, draconian measures by the Federal Reserve under then-Chairman Paul Volcker successfully wrung inflation out of the economy but not before a sharp rise in interest […]

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Bitcoin Boom or Bust?

It’s finally here! There’s an ETF in the US for Bitcoin. The ProShares Bitcoin Strategy ETF hit the market on Tuesday, October 19th. Bitcoin, and more broadly, cryptocurrency, have long been a hot topic and one of intense debate. Is this an asset that is headed for the moon or doomed to fail? There are […]

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You Paid What for That?!

Did you notice that you are paying 9.9% more for eggs and 5.6% more for apples than you did a year ago? Or that a new refrigerator will cost you about 20% more than it did pre-pandemic? Did you know that the backup of container ships at our California ports stands at 29, with an […]

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An Introduction to Impact Investing

The investing landscape is constantly evolving as fund companies and money managers look to develop new products to meet investors’ needs and wants. One corner of the market that has been experiencing immense growth over the last several years and shows no signs of slowing down is the area of “Sustainable” investing. Fund assets in […]

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To Taper or Not to Taper

“To be, or not to be? That is the question: Whether tis’ nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, or to take arms against a sea of troubles…” – William Shakespeare, Hamlet At the recent Jackson Hole policy summit, Chairman Jerome Powell said that the Fed would likely begin […]

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Instability and Unrest: The Market’s Reaction

With the recent turmoil unfolding in Afghanistan, should you be worried about a drop in the stock market and its negative impact on your portfolio?  Well, as they often say, history repeats itself.  This situation may be no different.  In the short-term, markets typically drop as a result of significant conflicts, wars, and geopolitical events.  […]

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Viva Las Vegas! Viva the Stock Market!

“Las Vegas is a city built on hopes, dreams, and a little bit of crazy.”– Michael McDonald No truer words have been uttered about “Sin City,” and perhaps the same can be said for the current market environment. Investors hope and dream that stocks will continue to rally but feel a bit crazy for believing […]

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Real Estate – How High Can It Get?

You may have noticed a significant increase in real estate prices over the past year. Perhaps you were selling your home, buying a vacation home, or realized how hot the market is right now after talking to your neighbor. The pandemic has played a large part in the real estate boom. This chart above compares […]

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