When Hindsight Isn’t 20/20
On March 9, 2009 investors solely exposed to the S&P 500 would have a 10-year annualized return of negative 4.5% and a cumulative return of negative 37%. Starting March 9, 2009, however, the next 10 years would generate more than 17% per year, with a cumulative return of near 400%.
Qualified Business Income
The new tax law introduced a new 20% tax deduction focused on pass-through businesses. As tax accountants pore through the Internal Revenue Service’s recently released 184-plus pages of guidance on the so-called Section 199A deduction for “qualified business income” (QBI)...
Explore the Lesser-Known Benefits of Borrowing on Margin
It is often surprising to find so few investors and financial professionals that are aware of the possibilities and advantages of borrowing on margin. Some consider margin taboo, or do not have a clear understanding of benefits, risks, drawbacks or mechanics.
The Taming of the Diversified Portfolio
Investors need to remember why they initially sought a diversified portfolio. It will never be the best performing asset in the world, just as it will never be the worst performing asset in the world. The last recession and subsequent major bear market are key examples of why this is relevant.
Equity Market Volatility and Long/Short Investing
The early part of 2018 was characterized by US equity market volatility. What stands out is the contrast with abnormally low volatility last year. The S&P rose over the 12 months of 2017 with a benign economic backdrop. We think true investment risk has probably declined since January as equity valuations are now at more normal levels creating more interesting opportunities.
I am often asked by prospects whether financial advisors add value. Being one, of course, I believe we add a great deal of value for clients…In many cases, and especially when the markets become increasingly unpredictable, our most valuable advice may simply be encouraging clients to follow good investment practices.
Protectionists Hide in Your Wallet
When you see trade deficit data between the US and China, be aware that the numbers are vastly different depending on the source. China actually follows a more commonly used protocol to account for trade than does the US. For 2016, for example, US data shows a $375 billion trade deficit with China, whereas China shows $276 billion.
The Cryptocurrency Question
The most common financial question that we have been asked over the last six months or so relates to Bitcoin (or any number of other cryptocurrencies). Is it real? How is it valued? Should we invest in it? Can it keep going up in price?
Fads, Manias and Bubbles!
It is important to separate mini-manias from true bubbles. Unfortunately, the difference is mostly the amount of money chasing the folly. Millions and even billions of dollars lost (and thousands of jobs) equate to fads, while trillions of dollars lost (and rampant unemployment and recessions) are bubbles.
Bronfman Rothschild 2017 Q2 Review
Supply and demand seems to have been placed on the backburner in today’s world of prognosticating inflation, employment, and GDP. The first point is the supply of publicly traded stock in the US. The second point is the supply of money.
2017 Q1 Review
Spring is my favorite time of year here in Washington, DC. The weather begins to warm (bringing pleasant memories of spring and summer months long passed), plants and flowers return (especially the cherry blossoms), the grill is awakened from its winter hibernation, baseball begins, and Warren Buffet’s annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders arrives in the mail.
Choose Your Own Misadventure: Bronfman E.L. Rothschild 2016 Q4 Review
Part of our early January ritual is to read a number of market and economic projections for the upcoming year. And although they are interesting and (generally) thoughtful, to be frank, the articles are basically all the same…
Has It Been Four Years Already?
Although I have lived just outside of Washington, DC for over twenty-five years now, I have never been a huge fan of politics (which is blasphemy around here).