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New Fiduciary Rule

New Fiduciary Rule

Scott Pritchard | Principal We finally have a new Fiduciary Rule that becomes the law of the land next year on April 10, 2017. Now what? Unfortunately, as many cynics (and perhaps some realists) predicted, the final rule became the victim of Wall Street and insurance...

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CFO 2016 Trends & Tips

CFO 2016 Trends & Tips

Scott Pritchard | Principal CFO Magazine recently issued a special report titled “401(k) Trends and Tips for 2016”. The complete report is available online at 401(k) Trends and Tips for 2016 . But knowing that you are a busy professional, I thought you might...

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Take Two Weeks Off

Take Two Weeks Off

Scott Pritchard | Principal Take Two Weeks Off…Then Quit If you’ve ever picked up a golf club you can probably relate to my friend who upon having a particularly rough day on the course declared “I know what I’m going to do to fix my game. I’m going to take two weeks...

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Death of the Fiduciary Rule

Death of the Fiduciary Rule

Scott Pritchard | Principal It’s officially official: the Fiduciary Rule is dead. I first wrote about the Fiduciary Rule in this forum in March 2015, asking the question “Whose Interests Come First?” Subsequent posts chronicled the saga of the rule until it finally...

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Third Quarter 2018 Letter to Clients

Third Quarter 2018 Letter to Clients

After regaining their all-time highs over the summer months, stocks saw a resurgence of volatility in the beginning of October. The downturn was widely attributed to rising interest rates, as the yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note surged to 3.25% for the...

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Second Quarter 2018 Letter to Clients

Second Quarter 2018 Letter to Clients

Market pundits have spent a great deal of time the past three decades endlessly debating the merits of “active” vs. “passive” investing. At its core, the argument can be distilled down to this: Is it better for investors to employ elaborate strategies to try and...

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First Quarter 2018 Letter to Clients

First Quarter 2018 Letter to Clients

January saw the stock market continue its rapid surge upward, but the party did not last long on Wall Street. Volatility returned to the market in a significant way by the end of the month, and stocks have whipsawed up and down ever since. Not surprisingly, the media...

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Fourth Quarter 2017 Letter to Clients

Fourth Quarter 2017 Letter to Clients

Fourth Quarter 2017 Letter to Clients As 2018 began, the major U.S. stock market indexes surged to yet another round of record highs. The first week of January saw the Nasdaq index top 7,000, the S&P 500 index clear the 2,700 mark, and the Dow Jones Industrial...

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Third Quarter 2017 Letter to Clients

Third Quarter 2017 Letter to Clients

Third Quarter 2017 Letter to Clients “Is the stock market in another bubble?” Of all the questions we field from clients, prospects, friends and family – the question of whether we are in a bubble leads the way by far. There are two reasons why this question comes up...

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Second Quarter 2017 Letter to Clients

Second Quarter 2017 Letter to Clients

Second Quarter 2017 Letter to Clients   As the major stock indexes have, one-by-one, broken through their previous record highs in recent months, it has been interesting to observe that the dominant reaction among many investors has not been one of celebration...

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First Quarter 2017 Letter to Clients

First Quarter 2017 Letter to Clients

First Quarter 2017 Letter to Clients “The buying opportunity of a lifetime.” That was how the esteemed financial writer Nick Murray described the stock market environment in early 2009. Hindsight shows he was, of course, spot on. But it certainly didn’t feel that way...

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Presidential Elections and the Stock Market

Presidential Elections and the Stock Market

Presidential Elections and the Stock Market Next month, Americans will head to the polls to elect the next president of the United States. While the outcome is unknown, one thing is for certain: There will be a steady stream of opinions from pundits and...

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