Private Wealth Management Insights

Preparing in the Wake of a Pandemic

Some of you might be feeling anxious and uncertain because of the Coronavirus and its potential impact on the stock market. It is normal to feel this way. Unfortunately, this type of market decline is not unusual. Historically, there is a 10% market decline every 18 months. And nearly half of those declines turn into a 20% loss (about once every 3.5 years, believe it or not). However, there is a bright side.

Fee-Free is Not All It’s Cracked Up To Be

To many casual market followers, the announcement from Charles Schwab (followed by TD Ameritrade a few hours later) to eliminate commissions for online Equity and ETF trades seems like, on the surface, a victory for the average investor. The fee-free paradigm shift has begun, and some are ready to declare victory for everyday investors.

What Bull Market?

There seem to be countless stories of the stock market's all-time highs and the fantastic returns we have experienced over the past several years.  We thought we’d dig into those claims a bit more and research if that really has been the case.

The Best States For Retirees

While clients think about how much income tax they’ll have to pay in retirement, we have found that the calculation is much deeper. First, as clients retire, their income typically drops substantially and moving to Florida or some other state with a low-income tax rate may not be worth the effort of moving.

Poker and Investing- Playing The Odds

Any good poker player will tell you that luck can influence one hand, but given enough time, the player with skill will beat a lucky player almost every time. The same concept applies to investing.

The Top Three Things We Have Learned About The New Tax Law

For the last two months, our Private Client Group has been focused on year-end tax planning.  Our team has performed dozens of tax projections and has found several items about the new tax law that don’t seem to be getting much attention.

Would You Take Investment Advice From Floyd Mayweather and DJ Khaled?

Bitcoin mania reached a new low with an SEC settlement against Floyd Mayweather, Jr., and DJ Khaled for improperly promoting investments in initial coin offerings. Almost one year ago, Bitcoin mania was at its peak.

Should You Invest Like Harvard?

Many people think the smarter you are and the more sophistication you bring to your portfolio, your performance will be better. This is a big reason that hedge funds continue to attract assets. Well, what if we had a chance to look at the smartest people in the world to see if that theory holds water?

Five Ways To Combat Inflation; An Underrated Risk

One of the most underrated risks for investors today is inflation.  Most likely, that is due to the recency bias all of us tend to exhibit.  The fact that inflation has been tame for the last 30 years leads many to think that this will continue indefinitely.