Where Investors Fleeing Chinese Property Are Putting Their Money
Investors have been taking refuge from the Chinese real estate debt crisis in pockets of the broader Asian credit market, and cite India among opportunities that are relatively insulated from the historic turmoil.
The 2021 RIA M&A Scorecard: Trends and Valuations
RIA merger and acquisition activity achieved yet another milestone, crossing 200 transactions within a calendar year for the first time ever. The year’s 200th RIA M&A transaction was announced just prior to the Thanksgiving holiday. 2021 is the eighth successive record year for RIA M&A activity. For context, the industry posted 159 transactions in 2020 and 131 in 2019.
The Latest Look at the Total Return Roller Coaster
Here's an interesting set of charts that will especially resonate with those of us who follow economic and market cycles. Imagine that five years ago you invested $10,000 in the S&P 500. How much would it be worth today, with dividends reinvested but adjusted for inflation? The purchasing power of your investment has increased to $20,551 for an annualized real return of 14.49%.
Crypto, Hybrid Working Will Drive Luxury Housing Boom in 2022
A potent combination of sky-high bonuses, accelerating intergenerational transfers of wealth, low-interest rates, and the specter of inflation “makes investing in a concrete, fixed asset like real estate attractive to many as they balance their portfolios,” Nelson says.
Avoid These Failed Adventures in Sales Training
Don’t pay big bucks to “branding experts,” using manipulative sales techniques, or rely on the questionable advice offered by “referral experts” or those who tell you to sell differently based on the personality type of the prospect.
The Ticking TAMP Timebomb
Soon – within the next two years – the SEC will wake up and start holding financial advisors who use TAMPs to the same fiduciary standards they hold them to in selecting mutual funds, ETFs, and other investment products. When it does, many advisors will be in trouble.
A Revolt Against PE-Led Annuity Issuers
A Pittsburgh insurance broker and a Richmond, Virginia forensic accountant have developed an alternative rating system for measuring the ability of life/annuity companies to keep their promises even in market crises. They call it the transparency, surplus and riskier assets ratio, or “TSR” for short.
The Wall Street That I Once Knew No Longer Exists
There was a lot of yelling when I was there from 1999 to 2008, but there was a lot of a bank’s own capital being committed and a lot of risk being transferred. I probably did more yelling than anyone, and I got yelled at plenty. But at the end of the day, nobody took anything personally.
Dealing with the Demise of the 4% Rule
Media attention has focused on the long-standing “4% rule” and how economic and demographic realities have reduced that guideline. This article discusses related considerations and provides opportunities for retirees dealing with the new normal.
Press Release: Osterweis Emerging Opportunity Fund Receives Five-Star Five-Year Morningstar Rating
The fund is rated 5 stars in the Small Cap Growth category for the 5-Year, 3-Year, & Overall Periods. As of November 30, 2021, the fund was rated against 507 small cap growth funds in the 5-year category and 574 funds in the 3-year and overall categories, based on total returns.
Four Ways to Philanthropic Impact
Don’t let the rush of the holidays deter you from engaging with clients on one of the most important financial planning topics—charitable giving. This article offers four ways advisors can deepen client relationships and help clients expand the impact of their philanthropy.
Six Best Practices for Carbon Offsets
As investors and companies increasingly seek to address the risks of climate change, there is growing debate about the use of carbon offsets in achieving net-zero emissions. We think there’s room for a measure of offsets to achieve carbon neutrality, provided best practices are followed.
The Biggest Winning Stocks of the Last 30 Years
Picking the few "monster" stocks among the many thousands of underachieving ones is extremely difficult. But for those who guessed right and had the discipline to stick with those winners through bull and bear markets, the rewards have been truly remarkable. Here are the 20 best-performing stocks of the past 30 years.
Gifts for a Brighter Future
Instead of purchasing the latest toy or electronic gadget for your children or grandchildren, what about giving them something that will last a lifetime and isn’t in limited supply: the gift of a more secure future. Sandra Palmer, Head of 529 Distribution for Franklin Templeton’s 529 College Savings Plan, discusses how crowdfunding can help finance a college education.
Shopping for Investment Opportunity in Consumer Stocks
The busy retail season is in full swing, but what can investors make of the longer-term outlook for consumer stocks? Sophie Steel of BlackRock Fundamental Equities looks beyond the seasonalities to three factors that are reshaping the opportunities across consumer sectors.
(ETF) Anniversaries and Taxes
As we celebrate the holiday season and ponder what we are thankful for, it’s also time to take stock of one’s investments. Here, David Mann, Head of Global Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs) Capital Markets, opines on an ETF anniversary he’s thankful for—and offers some tax-planning food for thought.
Don’t Fear the Meter: The Inescapable Future for the Hourly Revenue Model
Is it possible that, as the planning profession matures, all planners will eventually follow the same path that every other profession has followed, and charge on an hourly basis for the advice they give – like lawyers, tax professionals and accountants?
How Personalization Accelerates the Sales Cycle
Last night, I went to the Positivly site and took its financial personality assessment. I was asked a series of 13 questions about my risk tolerance, investment priorities, and which causes – such as ESG – were most important to me. It took less than five minutes, and the results were quite accurate. It showed that I place a lot of weight on the safety of my investments and the purpose they fulfill, and that I don’t want to be burdened by worrying about my portfolio.
How to Improve Outcomes When Using a Time Segmentation “Bucket” Strategy
Time segmentation seems to be a more planful approach for creating a retirement income stream than simply taking three to four percent withdrawals from a portfolio of equities and fixed income (or higher if you read Bill Bengen’s recent article in this publication).
Financial Regulations Protect Consumers – Sometimes
The financial services field is one of the most regulated in the U.S. Our regulations are as complex as those in the medical field. This makes sense; our health and our money are two important pillars of wellbeing. Preventing harm to either can be a matter of life and death.
Are You Ready for Marketing to Get Harder in 2022?
Here are three reasons marketing will get harder for financial advisors next year and beyond. Yet the situation isn’t hopeless. You can adopt strategies that make your marketing easier even with the changes on the horizon.
The Winds of Change
The last 20 months have taught us to question everything. What is the future of work? Can American democracy survive? Will Baby Boomers keep consuming more than their fair share? And what comes after “trillion”? Howard Marks’s latest memo examines paradigm shifts that could reshape the economy, markets and the world for many years to come.
How to Use an Anti-Financial Plan for Early Retirement
With the financial independence, retire early (FIRE) movement on the rise, Americans are targeting early retirement. I will explain the FIRE movement, the steps you can take for early retirement, and how an anti-financial plan helps you achieve your goals.
Investing in Electric Autos: Focusing on Enablers, Not Unicorns
The electrified automobile and its implications have captured the imagination of thematic investors, ranging from those interested primarily in automakers, to those interested in clean energy or autonomous driving technology.
A Fintech Flub Exposes Risk of Cryptocurrency Hype
Hype is never far away from cryptocurrencies. Punters taking public transport or navigating social media are bombarded daily with enticing advertising and billboards dangling the next big coin, while self-proclaimed experts and gurus offer hot investing tips before the inevitable tired disclaimer: “Please do your own research.”