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How Investing Transformed Over the Century

April 2017  By: MALCOLM BUTLER, JD
How Investing Transformed Over the Century
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...

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Have we seen the beginning of the Great Rotation?

January 2017  By: MALCOLM BUTLER, JD
Have we seen the beginning of the Great Rotation?
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...

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The Reemergence of the Blue Chip Nifty Fifty

July 2016  By: MALCOLM BUTLER, JD
The Reemergence of the Blue Chip Nifty Fifty
“A blue-chip stock is the stock of a large, well-established and financially sound company that has operated for many years. A blue-chip stock typically has a market capitalization in the billions, is generally the market leader or among the top three companies in its sector, and is more often than...

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It’s a Mixed-up Investment World!

April 2016  By: MALCOLM BUTLER, JD
It’s a Mixed-up Investment World!
Source: Strategas The most successful investment theme in 2015 centered on investing in high growth stocks like Alphabet (formerly Google), Amazon, Facebook and Netflix. In a slow growth economy, investors placed a premium on companies that could deliver high revenue growth. Thus far in 2016, by...

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The Silver Lining

January 2016  By: MALCOLM BUTLER, JD
The Silver Lining
Two thousand and fifteen was a challenging year for investors. Outside of some very large companies with high growth rates (Amazon and Facebook, among a few others), the majority of stocks in the S&P 500 ended the year with negative returns.

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Entrepreneurial Estate Planning 

July 2015  By: MALCOLM BUTLER, JD
Entrepreneurial Estate Planning 
Over the years, a number of clients and friends have approached me to assist them with their estate planning needs. Because my legal license is inactive, I don’t draft estate planning documents. However, with over 30 years of experience in administering estates and trusts, I can often bring an...

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Rising Equity Glidepath in Retirement

January 2015  By: MALCOLM BUTLER, JD
Rising Equity Glidepath in Retirement
Conventional wisdom in the investment advisory world has typically been that retirees should gradually reduce their equity exposure during retirement. One popular rule of thumb is that equity allocations should be annually rebalanced based on a formula of 100 less the retiree’s age. For example, a...

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Investing Cash in Bull Markets

October 2014  By: MALCOLM BUTLER, JD
Investing Cash in Bull Markets
A common question that I frequently hear from our clients at The Fiduciary Group is “how can we invest fresh cash in stocks and bonds when prices seem so high?” Stock indices have repeatedly set new records this year, and bond prices have moved higher as yields have hovered near historic...

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Advice to My Children

July 2014  By: MALCOLM BUTLER, JD
Advice to My Children
In our last newsletter, I wrote about the investment advice that I learned from my father. In this issue, I will pass on the investment advice that I would like to share with my three children in the hope that it might also benefit the children and grandchildren of some of our Fiduciary Group...

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Lessons On Investing from My Dad

April 2014  By: MALCOLM BUTLER, JD
Lessons On Investing from My Dad
My father started The Fiduciary Group over 40 years ago with the idea that clients would come to him primarily for trust and estate administration (he previously worked in, and ultimately was the head of, the trust department of a local bank). Early on, he found that more and more clients wanted...

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