Ugly Couple: Capital Gains & Negative Performance

Posted by Mike Carlone on 11/2/22 12:39 PM

Let’s face it. If you have clients with any level of exposure to traditional assets, such as stocks or bonds, 2022 has been unpleasant. Equities closed at all-time highs in 2021, then steadily declined in 2022. Bond investors have arguably had it worse, certainly on a risk-adjusted basis.

Just when you think it can’t get much worse, unless your clients are in tax-managed strategies, another round of pain could be on the horizon. Taxes.

We hate to be the bearers of bad news, but investors – particularly those in active or semi-active mutual funds – could be in for trouble.

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Topics: Systematic Investing

Can Retirement Income Be Modernized? A Guide for Financial Advisors.

Posted by Jon Robinson on 10/3/22 3:58 PM

Just one of these scenarios likely would be enough to cause concern for an investor:

  • Potential end of the post-Global Financial Crisis secular bull market in equities
  • Prospect of the first sustained rising U.S. interest rate environment in more than 40 years
  • Highest inflation level in four decades

Yet in 2022, we’re facing all three at once. It’s a potentially catastrophic combination, especially for investors nearing or in the early years of retirement.

In my opinion, this is a “perfect storm” (yes, I know that’s a super cliché saying – even I cringed when typing it). And it demonstrates how the need for a more modern approach to retirement income has never been greater. It also motivated my colleague, Brandon Langley, and I to embark on a research project into different approaches to sustaining clients throughout retirement. Today, we’ve released our findings in a new white paper available to financial advisors, “An Advisor’s Guide to Protecting Retirement Income.”

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Topics: Systematic Investing

What The Data Says About Market Crashes

Posted by Jon Robinson on 9/8/22 1:00 PM

When we travel by air, my wife usually points out that she thinks it would be better if people by windows boarded first; that way, anyone in an aisle or middle seat wouldn’t have to keep standing up. Meanwhile, I think the Southwest Airlines style of pick-any-open-seat is optimal.

Our “gut feelings” were recently rendered irrelevant when we ran across an old episode of “MythBusters.” In it, the cast built a mock 173-seat aircraft and tested several boarding approaches using real people and luggage.

Relying on the data cut through the emotional biases. It also inspired me to take a similar data-backed look at a common question I hear about systematic investing: Is this style of investing capable of reacting fast enough to declining markets?

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Topics: Systematic Investing

Stocks 'On Sale'? Or About To Go 'On Final Clearance'?

Posted by Mike Carlone on 8/18/22 10:43 AM

During market drawdowns, you often hear financial media types talking about stocks being “on sale.”

This phrase has always irked me.

I think it’s completely imprecise and utterly useless. Clichés may help sell airtime, but in my opinion they get you nowhere toward designing or implementing a comprehensive investment process.

Instead of leaning on trite phrases, wouldn’t it be a lot less stressful to have an investing process that can help both smooth out the ride and generate a more optimal client experience?

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Topics: Systematic Investing

Motivation or Discipline?

Posted by Tommy Mayes on 8/4/22 12:34 PM

How many times have you stopped and considered the real meaning of words used every day? More importantly, how often do you challenge your own notion of that meaning by looking it up?

Recently I heard a friend and father I respect tell his son that discipline is more important than motivation. He said, “Motivation can come and go, but discipline will take you where you must go, even when you are not feeling very motivated.” It was compelling enough to me that I jotted his words down and started thinking about the meaning of those words – and also their implications.

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Topics: Behavioral Finance

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