Category: Financial Planning

Somewhere Else

Having an idea of where you want to go is great, but it isn’t the same as knowing where you are going. Many investors can articulate where they want their portfolios to go, but very few can follow the directions to get to their destination.

The Buffett Indicator And You

In his 2001 interview with Fortune, Warren Buffett pointed to what he called the “best single measure of where valuations stand at any given moment”. This metric has become known as the “Buffett Indicator”. It measures the total value of all publicly traded securities as a percentage of the countries total business (i.e. GNP). It is currently indicating something important.

The Problem of Pain

Occasionally, it’s important to review our investment philosophy. We do this in our newsletter as well as posts to this blog, and we do it for both our current clients and those who are looking for a different approach to investment management.

Powered By The Energizer Bunny

The U.S. stock market is doing its best to imitate a rocket powered by the Energizer Bunny. Some might complain that, in light of this never-ending bull market, our caution is getting in the way of larger gains. That concern is worthy of a response, which I hope to briefly provide now.

Use Butter, Not Margin

Regardless of where you land on this most-important issue, the benefits and drawbacks of margarine is not the focus of this blog post. Rather, I wish to discuss the benefits and drawbacks of margin, with an emphasis on the much more dangerous drawbacks. As my mama always said (or should have, anyway) “use butter, not margin”.

Living In A Bubble

It is true that there exists a strong correlation between housing and wages: when wages go up, so do home prices; when wages stagnate, so do home prices. Or, at least, they should. Unless you are living in a bubble…

Are You Flunking P/E?

Flunking P.E. is pretty difficult to do. Most who do, are those who don’t show up in the first place – or, as in the case of many investors today, those who show up at the wrong time.

No Pain, No Gain

What comes to mind when you hear the phrase: no pain, no gain? Whatever it is that comes to mind, I have a feeling your investment portfolio is not among them.

Year-End Tax-Planning Report: December 2016

As we near the end of 2016, there may be an opportunity to reduce your income taxes if you act before the end of the year.  The election of Mr. Trump will likely result in significant changes to the income tax code.

Eating Brussels Sprouts

Saving money is like eating Brussels sprouts: it is very beneficial, but it never feels good in the moment.