Market-Timing Traps and Temptations  

Created: August 3, 2022

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Description: This commentary points to the surprisingly strong July 2022 returns (after awful returns during the first half of the year) to remind investors why market-timing remains ill-advised. As always, markets don't set prices based on whether news is good or bad, but whether it's better or worse than expected.

Our Take On Direct Indexing (UPDATED)  

Created: July 30, 2022

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Description: UPDATED FROM DECEMBER 2021: With the elimination of trading costs and the ability to purchase partial shares, more providers have been offering direct indexing to smaller accounts for relatively modest fees. But just because investors can engage in direct indexing, should they? It depends on the circumstances. This three-part report defines direct indexing, reviews its downsides, and describes its potential useful applications.

Quarterly Client Letter – 2022 Q2  

Created: July 4, 2022

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Description: This quarterly client letter touches on a series of disorienting conditions in current markets, such as the fact that stocks and bonds are down simultaneously, and reinforces sticking with one's long-term, globally diversified portfolio, including a value tilt when appropriate.

Six Ways a Recession Resembles a Bad Mood  

Created: June 14, 2022

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Description: This piece helps your clients and prospective clients put current market and recessionary concerns in perspective by describing six ways a recession resembles a bad mood. For example, they're both difficult to define, best seen in retrospect, and part of life. Besides describing what recessions are and how they work, a main message is that investors can't control the world around them, but they can control how they react to it. And you, as their advisor can assist with that.

How Do We Choose the Funds We Use? (DRIP SERIES)  

Created: May 26, 2022

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Description: This five-part DRIP series can be sent via emails or blog posts to remind clients and other investors why your rigorous, multi-step investment selection process is important for looking past today’s unsettling news in pursuit of their greater financial goals. It also reinforces the value you add as their investment advisor. We've also released a separate REPORT version if you'd like to distribute the information as a single document.

How Do We Choose the Funds We Use? (REPORT)  

Created: May 17, 2022

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Description: UPDATED FROM November 2015: This 4-page REPORT reminds clients and other investors why your rigorous, multi-step investment selection process is important for looking past today’s unsettling news in pursuit of their greater financial goals. It also reinforces the value you add as their investment advisor. We've also released a separate DRIP SERIES if you'd like to distribute the information as a multipart email or blog post series.

Investing in I Bonds  

Created: May 4, 2022

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Description: An overview of what I Bonds are, why currently high interest rates might make them an appealing place to store cash reserves and/or emergency funds, caveats to consider, and how you can help clients incorporate them into their greater investment portfolio.

Quarterly Client Letter – 2022 Q1  

Created: April 4, 2022

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Description: This quarterly client letter explores the essentials of investment planning amidst current market volatility, aggravated by inflation, interest rates, and economic concerns. It optionally points to the recently completed three-part report on the same.

Interest Rates, Inflation & Investing: Report Version  

Created: April 4, 2022

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Description: A compiled, three-part report that combines our multi-part series covering current concerns about interest rates (part 1), inflation (part 2), and what these influences mean to investors (part 3).

Interest Rates, Inflation & Investing, Part 3  

Created: April 1, 2022

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Description: Part 3 in a 3-part series covering current concerns about interest rates (part 1), inflation (part 2), and what these influences mean to investors (in this part 3).

Interest Rates, Inflation & Investing, Part 2  

Created: March 24, 2022

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Description: Part 2 in a 3-part series covering current concerns about interest rates (part 1), inflation (in this part 2) and what these influences mean to investors (part 3).

Interest Rates, Inflation & Investing, Part 1  

Created: March 16, 2022

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Description: Part 1 in a 3-part series covering current concerns about interest rates (in this part 1), inflation (part 2) and what these influences mean to investors (part 3).

Ukraine  

Created: February 24, 2022

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Description: A timely client reach-out with timeless reminders to guide investing during the current Russian/Ukraine crisis.

Healing What Hurts: The Essential Role of a Financial Therapist  

Created: February 16, 2022

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Description: This 3-page report describes the value a financial therapist can add to someone’s wealth management team when their own or a family member’s mental health may be interfering with their financial well-being. Points include when and how financial therapy can help, and how to identify an appropriate fit (including how your firm can assist in the selection).

Fighter Planes and Market Turmoil  

Created: January 26, 2022

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Description: Use this client reach-out to quell nervous reactions to current market volatility and encourage clients to stick with their existing investment plans.

Quarterly Client Letter – 2021 Q4  

Created: January 3, 2022

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Description: This quarterly client letter explores recent and future market returns in the context of investors' personal financial goals--considering the "parts" and the "whole."

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