investment strategies

Navigating Market Volatility

Over the past several years, creating a portfolio of domestic stocks, bonds, and cash worked perfectly and was hard to beat. While it may be comfortable to settle on an investment strategy that works well, we are always challenging this investment thesis. Behind the scenes we have been exploring alternative sources of returns for our...
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How Stock Options Work

By Steven M. Rogé, MBA, CFP®, AIF® Chief Investment Officer The late-great Yogi Berra once said, “They give you cash, which is just as good as money.” Back when Yogi was busy winning one of his 13 world championships there wasn’t such a thing as “Incentive Stock Options” or ISOs. It wasn’t until the 1960s...
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Russian – Ukraine Conflict

Unless you have been living off-the-grid, you know by now that Valdemar Putin has ordered the invasion of Ukraine. It’s never pleasant reaching out to you during such a tragic event that will leave a permanent human toll, especially when our focus will naturally be on the effects this event may have on our portfolios....
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‘Tis The Season to Stop Giving Cash

By Steven M. Rogé, MBA, CFP®, AIF® Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer Although we are big proponents of giving back to the community year-round, the Holiday season tends to make people even more generous than usual. Perhaps because we are headed into a New Year and are feeling grateful, or perhaps because we are...
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The SECURE Act: Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) and Beneficiary Designations

By Rosanne Rogé, CFP®, CSATM, RFGSM and Christine Parisi, CFP® The SECURE Act (Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement) that went into effect on January 1, 2020, changed the age at which your Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) are required to begin from age 70 ½ to age 72. Individuals owning assets in an IRA account...
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Creating a Legacy: Investing for Multiple Generations

By Steven M. Rogé, MBA, CFP®, AIF® Leaving a legacy means different things to different people. But to leave a legacy one must have something to give. After almost two decades of rising asset prices (stocks and housing among other assets) an increasing number of individuals and families are in the unique position to not...
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Mutual Funds vs. ETFs | Active vs. Passive, Lessons Learned

By Ronald W. Rogé, MS, CFP® We pride ourselves on being a completely transparent company – from our fee structure to our fiduciary oath. Although our overall Plan, Achieve, Live® strategy is evidence-based and time-tested, we are constantly learning and growing as financial professionals, always working with the goal of providing the most efficient and...
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Is It Value’s Time to Shine … Again?

By Steven Rogé, MBA, CMFC®, AIF® Managing Director and CIO Throughout U.S. stock market history, value investing has held an advantage over growth investing during various market cycles. In general, growth stocks consist of companies with future potential, while value stocks consist of companies that are undervalued. Historically, the technology sector has largely represented growth,...
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Historical Review: How Do Presidential Elections Affect the Stock Market?

Unless you have been “off the grid,” you are probably aware that we have a Presidential election coming in November. Like with most elections, political rhetoric is all over the news and media outlets. As financial advisors we are focused on how politician’s economic and tax platforms may affect our clients’ portfolios. We have received...
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