“Don’t let the Tax Tail wag the Investment Dog”

“Don’t let the Tax Tail wag the Investment Dog”

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.

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Three Questions to Ask Your Financial Advisor

Three Questions to Ask Your Financial Advisor

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?!”

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First annual Chicago Toy Run

First annual Chicago Toy Run

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.

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THINK18 Recap

THINK18 Recap

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.

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Equipping New Grads for Financial Success

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.

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A Guide to MLPs

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.

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