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I’ve been meeting with clients to review 2022 reports this week. During some of those discussions, I’ve been referencing a chart from a renowned investor that really captures the powerful shift in markets over the past year. The chart is from Howard Mark’s most recent quarterly memo. (Howard Marks is a legendary investor and his […]

Sea Change

January 26, 2023

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I’m in the midst of year-end reporting right now, and needless to say, reports from 2022 will not make the best seller list! It was a challenging year across virtually all asset classes. Even supposed “safe” assets such as bonds declined double-digits. After a down year, it is easy to get concerned about the investment […]

Four Factors in the Wealth Equation

January 19, 2023

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I’m writing this on another grey and gloomy January day in Wisconsin. Perhaps that is why I chose this title. Or perhaps it is because today’s inflation report may finally be giving markets, investors, and this ever-optimistic financial advisor a glimmer of hope that we are approaching lighter and brighter investing days ahead. December CPI […]

Ray of Light?

January 12, 2023

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If you were watching the news media over the holidays, you undoubtedly saw many images of airports as the Southwest flight cancellation was extensively covered for quite few days. As I observed the repeated images of passengers waiting in airport boarding gates it occurred to me that there have been a lot of parallels between […]

Waiting for Take off

January 5, 2023

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Holiday season – the perfect time to bake cookies, put up decorations, enjoy time with family and friends – and of course check on the funding status of your retirement plans! I recently worked on this with a client and thought it would be helpful to share. There are a variety of retirement plans that […]

Client Question: Maxing out Retirement Plans

December 1, 2022

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Something tells me you are already familiar with the sudden collapse of crypto exchange FTX and the related fallout. It has certainly received its fair share of media attention. How could it not, when a $32 billion company seemingly vaporizes overnight? I’ll leave the summary of what happened, how it happened, and what is likely […]

Crypto Fallout

November 17, 2022

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Years ago when Windermere was just starting out, my dad and I met with an owner of a successful investment advisory firm in Boston. He was sharing his perspective on a variety of things along with best practices for building out a large-scale advisory firm. Many of him comments and lessons have escaped my consciousness […]

Happiness Equation

November 10, 2022

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A client reached out this week, expressing concerns about the decline in her portfolio. As I started to provide my rationale for staying the course and how markets go thru cycles, etc. , she said “thanks, I just need the hang in there pep talk once in a while.” Don’t we all? It has been […]

Go Ahead, Take the Next Step

October 20, 2022

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Congratulations, you’ve survived another week as an investor in 2022! A week where we have seen positive and minus +2% moves in equity markets within the same day. Is anyone else just a bit tired of this?! Much of this week’s excitement centered around – you guessed it – inflation. You can read more on […]

Sage advice

October 13, 2022

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We took a lot of road trips when I was a child. Much to my parent’s chagrin, I would usually ask (at least a few times per trip) the age old question – “are we there yet?” I wasn’t trying to be annoying, I promise! I was simply tired of sitting still, tired of waiting […]

Are we there yet?

September 29, 2022

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