Proper wealth management looks at both sides of the balance sheet, both the assets and the liabilities. For most people, their home mortgage is one of their largest liabilities to manage. Given the amount of clients who have asked about this recently, I put together a quick video on what a refi is, some things to watch out for, and when it makes sense.
For many of my peers the last 2-4 years has been a period of much transition. You have graduated college, began establishing yourself in the workforce, and likely have moved out into your own place. Congratulations, things are coming along quite nicely. This transition is one that a lot of people refer to as “adulting.” Now, this is a term that I find sort of cringe worthy, however it unfortunately does a nice job at describing the transition that I am writing about. This period of transition also leads to a lot of money related questions “what am I not doing that I should be doing?” Being a younger financial professional, I do get a lot of questions about what people should be doing at this point in their lives. In an attempt to begin this conversation, I have compiled 4 things to do to serve as a starting point.Read More
This year I was lucky enough to again partake in a joint event hosted by Ultimate Road Rally for the benefit of Cal’s Angels called, “Angel Rides.” Angel Rides is an opportunity for the children of Cal’s Angels to go for rides in various cars ranging from super cars, muscle cars, even old school classics. Similar to the events we have hosted for Cal’s Angels, and like many of the Cal’s Angels events, the spirit is to provide even a moment of relief in these children’s lives.Read More
Ok wait what..? I know I know allow me to explain what I mean by this ridiculous sounding sentence.
“Don’t let the tax tail wag the investment dog” is a phrase I heard repeated across our trading floor from one of our Senior Partners during my first years in portfolio management. I was understandably confused by this insane sentence, but I did not want to be “that guy” and ask. What I went on to learn was that he meant that we could not allow tax consequences to dictate our portfolio management strategy. Managing a portfolio in a tax efficient matter was critical, however there would be moments when a portfolio would need to be rebalanced and that sale would trigger capital gains taxes. In essence he acknowledged that paying taxes was of course never fun, but that we could not allow that to intrude into our portfolio management.Read More
I recently found myself in a conversation with the parents of a good friend of mine. This is a family I have known well for many years. They are, of course, aware of my profession, but we have always kept things casual when it came to “business talk.”
In this case we stumbled into a conversation about the markets, which naturally lead to discussions about their financial advisor. They were mentioning that they had been seeing headlines about the market recently and that they should “give him a call to see what he thinks about it.” They then went on to say that they think he does a good job for them but that they weren’t really that sure. I then received an unprompted “Well James, you are a financial advisor, what are the questions we should be asking him?!”Read More
When I first set out to launch “The Driven Fiduciary,” I promised readers that they could expect a mix of articles that would primarily focus on the financial markets and various wealth management topics. However, I also promised that also break it up and write about some cool things that I got to be a part of, or maybe something with an automotive focus. This article represents both of the latter.Read More
This morning the S&P500 entered the trading day down 19.78% from its bull market peak on September 20th 2018. This now marks the 5th time in history that the S&P dropped more than 19% from its peak yet stopped before dropping 20%. Now, what is so magical about this 19% number? Because it is just shy of 20%.Read More
There are a handful of market indicators that get a lot of play in the financial press. Consequently, these indicators are typically some of the most inquired about by clients. Some of these would include markets hitting all time highs, various unemployment stats (and their implications), and of course.. the yield curve.Read More
On the evening of October 18th 2018, Clearwater Capital Partners welcomed over 350 guests to our THINK18 event. Clearwater Capital’s THINK events are quite different from our annual Strategy Symposiums, which are focused on macro economic conditions. The THINK series is geared to be a one-of-a-kind thought leadership presentations. Our goal is to provide our guests with a unique experience and challenge their perspectives on both the world around them and their own lives.Read More
Earlier this summer, millions of college graduates exited the stage with diplomas in hand ready to embark on careers; and for some, financial independence. However financial literacy is a subject that receives too little attention, especially from young adults. How do parents equip new grads for financial success? Simply put, they must capitalize on every opportunity to provide valuable knowledge and perspective during this transitional period of the young grad’s life.Read More
Investors seeking dividend yield have conventionally employed traditional fixed income investments for this portion of their portfolio. In today’s low interest rate environment, filling this part of the portfolio has become more and more difficult. Given the inverse relationship that bonds have with interest rates, a rising rate environment is suboptimal for conventional fixed income. This has lead investors to seek out other types of arrangements to generate cash flow.Read More
Sustainable, responsible and impact investing involve investment disciplines that consider environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) criteria to generate long-term competitive financial returns and positive societal impact.Read More