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So far The Advisory Group has created 43 blog entries.

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 |2022-04-09T09:19:11-07:00May 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]

How to pick an auditor for your company’s retirement plan

By |2022-04-09T10:22:19-07:00May 20th, 2020|Blog, Fiduciary, Institutional|

Audit season is in full swing for retirement plans, and if your company has a “large plan” (defined as more than 100 participants) you are required to undergo an annual audit by a CPA. This requirement kicks in when your start-of-year participant count exceeds 120 for the first time. If your company sponsors a plan [Read More]

Drawing from experience to navigate uncertainty

By |2020-08-16T18:18:49-07:00April 22nd, 2020|Financial planning tips and perspectives, General thoughts, Personal Wealth, Quarterly thoughts|

Every quarter we send a letter to our clients to set context around recent market activity.  This quarter, we are posting our letter here since it offers some reminders about how our experience and contingency planning get us through difficult times that we feel may benefit everyone.  These past several weeks have reminded us [Read More]

Volatility, Optimism, and Q1 Market Details

By |2020-04-25T11:41:39-07:00April 14th, 2020|Quarterly thoughts|

There’s no question we’re all living in unsettled times. Global citizens and the world economy are under stress, and uncertainty is heightened in all aspects of our lives. People are worried about their health, and that of family, friends, neighbors. Some have temporarily or permanently lost jobs or taken a hit to their income. Leaders [Read More]

Why rebalancing your portfolio in the midst of crisis is essential for long term success

By |2022-05-12T11:03:31-07:00April 9th, 2020|In the news, Blog, Investment Management, Investor behavior, Personal Wealth, Staying the course|

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the term rebalancing now extends past investment portfolios as we all rebalance our lives around staying at home, creatively social distancing, and protecting our health. It is a rebalancing act that people did not anticipate; we're all learning lessons that will linger on once this crisis is [Read More]

Time-sensitive: Business owners should explore Paycheck Protection Program forgivable loans NOW… application process started 4/3/20

By |2020-04-25T09:20:45-07:00April 2nd, 2020|Fiduciary, Financial planning tips and perspectives, General thoughts|

Business owners & leaders: If your business has been adversely affected by the coronavirus directly or indirectly, we encourage you to explore and apply for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) forgivable loan or the Disaster Loan (& grant) Assistance programs below, given that the PPP started 4/3/20 for small businesses, and 4/10/20 for sole proprietorships [Read More]

6 tips to make working from home more productive

By |2022-05-12T10:18:51-07:00March 22nd, 2020|General thoughts, Blog, Lifestyle|

With the shelter-in-place in effect in Northern California since last Tuesday, many of our clients, colleagues, friends and family members have had to make the shift from going to the office to working from home. At The Advisory Group, we are well set up to operate as a virtual office while continuing to deliver [Read More]

How we’re thinking about coronavirus

By |2020-07-20T13:31:50-07:00February 28th, 2020|General thoughts, In the news, Investor behavior, Staying the course, Uncategorized|

The public’s concern about coronavirus (COVID-19) is increasing. As is often the case, concerns are frequently magnified by what’s called “negativity bias,” an evolutionary mechanism in the brain to minimize risk. More often than not, people over-react to potential risks. But sometimes the reaction is warranted. Regarding coronavirus, it is too soon to tell [Read More]

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