Bull Market Turns 10 — What the Past 10 Years Taught Us, We Already Knew

April 2019  By: SCOTT McGHIE, CFA, CPA

The stock market bottomed in March 2009 after a prolonged and deep decline from its October 2007 highs. The financial crisis wounds were deep. The global banking system was nearly torn to shreds, forcing unprecedented monetary and regulatory actions. Debt markets were frozen. A new administration had entered the White House. Stock market investors were…

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The Value of Discretionary Investment Management

March 2019  By: JARED HAMMERS, CFA

At The Fiduciary Group, we serve as fiduciary investment advisors. This means that we are required to act in the best interest of clients and to not place our own interests ahead of clients. As part of this relationship, we have the discretion to act on our client’s behalf and we endeavor to make thoughtful…

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A Rational Approach to Market Volatility

January 2019  By: JOEL GOODMAN, CFA, ALEX MORRIS, CFA, MBA

Through the first nine months of the year, it looked like 2018 would be another pleasant year for investors. The S&P 500 climbed more than 7% in the third quarter, pushing the year to date return for the index above 10%. But those gains – and then some – evaporated in the fourth quarter, with…

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The Perils of Market Timing

October 2018  By: JOEL GOODMAN, CFA, SCOTT McGHIE, CFA, CPA, ALEX MORRIS, CFA, MBA, JARED HAMMERS, CFA

Following a choppy start to 2018, the U.S. stock market climbed 8% in the third quarter. However, most of those gains were given back during the recent sell-off. Even with the pullback, longer term returns have still been impressive: through October 24th, the trailing five-year and ten-year returns for the S&P 500 were 10.9% and…

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Notes from the Investment Team

May 2018  By: JOEL GOODMAN, CFA, SCOTT McGHIE, CFA, CPA, ALEX MORRIS, CFA, MBA, JARED HAMMERS, CFA

2017 was another banner year for investors. The total return (inclusive of dividends) for the S&P 500 was a gain of 22%. There were not any meaningful hiccups along the way; as shown in the chart below, the index posted positive returns in every single month of 2017. International stocks fared even better, with a…

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Keeping Our Eyes on Access to Capital

April 2018  By: JOEL GOODMAN, CFA, SCOTT McGHIE, CFA, CPA, ALEX MORRIS, CFA, MBA, JARED HAMMERS, CFA

In 2007, you could count the number of companies with a “AAA” credit rating on two hands. General Electric (GE) was among that select group. But decisions made by management over the preceding 10-15 years eventually led GE to lose that top credit rating in 2009 – and seriously tested the company’s financial stability. Consider,…

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Notes from the Investment Team

January 2018  By: JOEL GOODMAN, CFA, SCOTT McGHIE, CFA, CPA, ALEX MORRIS, CFA, MBA, JARED HAMMERS, CFA

2017 was another banner year for investors. The total return (inclusive of dividends) for the S&P 500 was a gain of 22%. There were not any meaningful hiccups along the way; as shown in the chart below, the index posted positive returns in every single month of 2017. International stocks fared even better, with a…

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How Investing Transformed Over the Century

April 2017  By: MALCOLM BUTLER, JD

I recently read a book on the sinking of the Lusitania in 1915. The author thoroughly details the lives of some of the affluent passengers who were aboard the luxury liner’s final voyage. As I was learning about these “high net worth” people who lived one hundred years ago, I kept wondering about how they…

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Where We Are in the Cycle

April 2017  By: JOEL GOODMAN, CFA, SCOTT McGHIE, CFA, CPA, ALEX MORRIS, CFA, MBA

In the fourth-quarter newsletter, we discussed how we think about long-term equity return expectations. The purpose of the article was to explain how fundamental returns (driven by earnings growth) and speculative returns (driven by changes in valuation) collectively impact market prices. While changes in valuation are the overwhelming driver of equity returns in the short…

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Have we seen the beginning of the Great Rotation?

January 2017  By: MALCOLM BUTLER, JD

Over the past 35 years, interest rates on bonds have been in a gradual decline. The decline in interest rates has gone hand-in-hand with rising bond valuations since bond values move inversely to interest rates. Bond investors have thus enjoyed a long period of rising returns due to market appreciation in addition to the interest…

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