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Q221 Quarterly Context Video

By |2021-08-12T15:55:05-07:00July 28th, 2021|Blog|

What are investor expectations about market returns moving forward, and why they are unreasonably high relative to the expectations of financial professionals? What does a recent study show about financial lessons learned from the pandemic? How is the fed changing its stimulation plans? CEO Greg Patterson answers those questions in this quarter’s Quarterly Context [Read More]

What California homeowners need to know about Proposition 19

By |2020-12-12T16:10:56-08:00December 12th, 2020|Blog|

On election day, the narrow passage of Proposition 19 in California brought good news for some homeowners.  The new law allows homeowners who are over 55, or disabled, or victims of wildfires or other disasters to transfer the tax base of their primary residence to a replacement residence.  This expands on the [Read More]

What retirement plan sponsors need to know for 2021

By |2020-11-13T10:29:45-08:00November 7th, 2020|Blog, Fiduciary, Institutional|

Safe harbor retirement plan for 2021 Now is the time to take action if you wish to implement a new safe harbor 401(k) plan or make changes to your existing safe harbor structure for 2021.  To satisfy the participant notice requirements, companies should install or amend calendar-year plans by the end of November.  If [Read More]

How tax policy may change with the election

By |2020-09-21T09:56:50-07:00September 17th, 2020|Blog, Business Owners, Financial planning tips and perspectives, In the news, Personal Wealth|

The upcoming presidential election brings with it much speculation about the tax policy and market implications of the outcome. We don’t recommend changing your plans based on educated guesses about how tax policy may change once the election is behind us.  However, it does make sense to consider how changes may affect your planning [Read More]

What retirement plan sponsors need to know about ESG investing and private equity

By |2020-08-17T12:38:50-07:00August 16th, 2020|Blog, Institutional|

Do you, or do you want to, offer Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG) investment options in your qualified retirement plan?  What about riskier private equity options?  Here’s what’s on the Department of Labor (DOL)’s radar when it comes to both. Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG) investing While participant and plan sponsor interest [Read More]

The stock market is not the economy

By |2020-08-05T11:13:11-07:00July 31st, 2020|Blog, Investment Management, Quarterly thoughts, Staying the course|

The common phrase that “the stock market is not the economy” now seems more relevant than ever. Many are perplexed about the resilience of the stock market, despite ongoing coronavirus and economic concerns, after Q1 2020’s 21% drop and Q2’s big bounce-back of 22% (Russell 3000). The market is up 41% from the March [Read More]

Q220 Quarterly Context Video

By |2020-07-25T06:33:22-07:00July 22nd, 2020|General thoughts, In the news, Quarterly thoughts|

Where is the space between what matters and what you can control? How much did the market bounce back after the tough first coronavirus quarter? How is the disconnect between the weak economy and the market rebounding? What is the danger of over-confidence? Spending is down, savings are up. Will the coronavirus economy look more [Read More]

An opportunity within a crisis within a crisis within a crisis

By |2020-07-25T06:32:53-07:00June 11th, 2020|Blog, General thoughts|

In this time of national stress, the global coronavirus pandemic and the economy have taken a back seat to the centuries-old and often ignored and re-opened wounds of the Black community. Individuals, companies and other institutions have a new opportunity to listen and create a better path. We stand in support of equality and dignity [Read More]

Using debt to get your business through coronavirus

By |2020-07-25T06:32:36-07:00May 30th, 2020|Blog, Business Owners, Financial planning tips and perspectives, Personal Wealth|

The decision to take on debt is a significant one for any business in normal times.  For businesses severely affected by COVID-19 shutdowns, debt-use consideration takes on heightened importance.  If your business is able to borrow or had credit lines available to draw down, the question becomes how to best use those funds to shore [Read More]

The rationale for investment manager changes

By |2020-07-25T06:31:30-07:00May 21st, 2020|Blog, Fiduciary, Institutional, Investment Management, Personal Wealth|

Sometimes we have to change the investments we hold in our clients’ portfolios. We’ve talked about rebalancing and tax loss harvesting as ways to keep portfolios’ allocation in check and lower tax bills, but what happens when a specific investment manager of a mutual fund or other vehicles needs a change? How do we decide [Read More]

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