Kenneth R. Solow, CFP®, ChFC is a founding partner and Chief Investment Officer of Pinnacle Advisory Group, Inc. As a founding Partner, he was instrumental in creating the tactical asset allocation strategy currently used by Pinnacle to manage nearly $2 billion in assets. Solow is nationally known for his views on active portfolio management, and his book, Buy and Hold is Still Dead (Again): The Case for Active Portfolio Management in Dangerous Markets, is considered the definitive work on Tactical Asset Allocation. Solow appears regularly at events sponsored by the Financial Planning Association, National Association of Financial Planners, the Investment Management Consultants Association, and the AICPA, and has been published in The Journal of Financial Planning, Smart Money, Financial Planning Magazine, The Baltimore Sun, the Globe & Mail, and the Wall Street Journal.

Preparing for the Next Bear Market

One of the more difficult lessons we learn as financial advisors is that our clients tend to forget the level of anxiety, and in some cases, absolute terror, that accompany bear markets. This bout of forgetfulness typically accompanies bull markets, or in the recent case, very long bull markets.  Those advisors who guided clients through…

What Is Neutral Volatility?

The Pinnacle investment team has been working diligently for the past eight weeks to gradually move our managed portfolios to a neutral asset allocation. This leads to the question, what the heck is a “neutral” asset allocation and why should I care? Interestingly, a large percentage of the traditional investment world (by traditional, I mean…

Four Things Affluent Investors Must Know About Risk Management

Sophisticated investors pay attention when someone brings up the topic of portfolio risk management. Affluent investors are often the most risk averse, perhaps because they have already accumulated enough money during their lifetime to achieve their financial planning objectives. Having reached their accumulation goals, they don’t want to lose their hard-earned gains because the financial…