Todd Schanel, CFA, CPA, CFP® and Jackie Goldstick, CFP®

What Does it Mean to Have a Balanced Portfolio

What Does it Mean to Have a Balanced Investment Portfolio

Your investment portfolio is most likely comprised of different types of investments, balanced in such a way that takes into consideration both your overall return objectives as well as your risk tolerance.  It is useful to understand the purpose and role each investment plays within a diversified, balanced portfolio. Stocks or equity, whether owned through…

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The Art of Investment Management 1

The Art of Investment Management

Many people mistakenly believe that investment management is simply selecting the investment or combination of investments that will generate the highest yield or highest long-term return.  In reality, sophisticated investment management is actually much more complicated than that as it integrates several interrelated components of which specific investment selection is only one facet.

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Like Doctor, Like Advisor: Understanding Your Financial Advisor’s Compensation

As much as we would prefer a world where doctors could focus exclusively on addressing our health care questions strictly according to our highest interests, we know that reality is less rosy. Best intentions are often complicated by multiple parties, conflicting incentives and confusing costs. The more informed you are of any undisclosed motivations – who is compensating whom, and how – the better your choices can be when deciding to whom to turn for your family’s quality medical care.

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2016 in Review

It’s hard to think all the way back to January 2016, but the year began with a bit of a shock when US stocks had their worst start in history. Then came the Brexit vote in June, when non-US Stocks dropped approximately 7% over a three week period. And then came the US Presidential election, when US stocks dropped approximately 5% in the weeks leading up to the election.
But by the end of the year, those investors who stayed the course saw positive returns across the board.

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Good Advice

Good advice is timeless … and timely. Good financial advice never goes out of style; its principles are permanent. Good advice must remain relevant in an ever-changing world. Your financial adviser should be able to help you embrace promising new opportunities and insights while avoiding the false leads and frightening challenges that are as formidable as ever in today’s markets.

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