Tommy Mayes

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Forecast: Unpredictability with a Chance of Irrational Behavior

Posted by Tommy Mayes on 1/21/20 1:33 PM

Word Count - 679 Words

Reading Time - ~3.5 minutes

Last week, Blueprint hosted a webinar with our friend Jay Mooreland, author of The Emotional Investor. The event motivated me to reread his book, which I highly recommend. It also reminded me of the investment industry’s annual prediction cycle about what to expect for the coming year and how the market will behave based upon those predictions. Two points here: one, analysts and economists have no idea what is going to happen and two, what happens does not matter to the disciplined investor.  Read on!

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Topics: Behavioral Finance

Schwab, TD and Occam’s Razor

Posted by Tommy Mayes on 12/19/19 11:39 AM

Word Count - 703

Approximate Reading Time - 3.5 minutes

So much has been written about the consumption of TD Ameritrade by Schwab that we hesitated to say anything on the subject. However, our experience with elite advisors, investment platforms (TAMPS), and larger RIA consolidation firms leads us to the conclusion that this transaction is just the tipping point in the changing world of custody, and that now is the time for advisors to take a strategic look at all their options.

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Topics: Advisor Practice Management, Behavioral Finance, Systematic Investing

Leading with Gratitude

Posted by Tommy Mayes on 11/20/19 2:39 PM

Word Count - 802 words

Approximate Reading Time - 3 and a half minutes

Recently I answered a few questions for an author working on piece about gratitude in the workplace.  Gratitude has a huge impact on business culture, and I thought the topic was spot on for a blog, especially leading up to this season of gratitude – Thanksgiving. Read on for a few thoughts and observations from the last 50 or so years.

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Topics: Advisor Practice Management, Behavioral Finance

60/40 is NOT a Strategy!

Posted by Tommy Mayes on 10/24/19 10:05 AM

692 words – Reading Time about 3 minutes

Last week Bank of America boldly announced, in a research note no less, “The End of 60/40.” I am shocked they find this newsworthy, much less a topic that requires a dedicated research note. Must be a slow week… Proudly, the Blueprint team has been researching and writing about this topic since 2016, and sincerely believe we originated the phrase The 60/40 Problem back then. Anyone that has visited our website has seen this banner link to a white paper written in April 2016. If you want to get the team really fired up, just ask about the topic. Today though, I thought I would share the more practical Cliffs Notes version to refresh the uninitiated.

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Topics: Systematic Investing

Volatility vs the Human

Posted by Tommy Mayes on 8/21/19 10:14 AM

If you are paying any attention to the media the last few weeks you know at least two things: China and the United States are having a tariff standoff, and the market (AKA all things tradeable) is having a rough end to the summer. On the latter point, why does volatility to the downside drive so much hysteria and so many prime time CNBC specials? I believe it is simply because we are all human.
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Topics: Behavioral Finance, Systematic Investing

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