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…

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…

Under Pressure: A Market Review

In the second quarter volatility waned and performance decoupled as divergent backdrops created variances in returns for assets classes and markets across the globe. The winning trades for the second quarter were in the U.S. energy sector, U.S. small companies, and a select group of technology and consumer discretionary stocks. Energy thrived on a rising…