In this section we provide financial tools and investment management research documents for you to use and read, at your convenience.
Under “Financial Evaluation” you will find a Cash Flow and Balance Sheet spreadsheet intended to help you get a better measure of your financial health. Also included is a Financial Planning Questionnaire that we use to assess the totality of your financial needs and objectives, from insurance to taxes, investing and estate planning.
The “Articles of Interest” section offers recent thoughts and ideas on investment management. We deem them particularly interesting.
Articles of Interest
On QLACs - Jeff de Valdivia (May 25, 2016)
On IRAs - Jeff de Valdivia (December 12, 2015)
More on Retirement Issues - Jeff de Valdivia (July 23, 2015)
Will I have enough to retire? - Jeff de Valdivia (April 22, 2015)
JP Morgan on Retirement 2015 Edition - J.P. Morgan Asset Management ( February 2015)
The Skinny On Stock Options - Jeff de Valdivia (March 29, 2015)
How To Go About Investing A Large Amount Of Cash - Jeff de Valdivia (March 12, 2015)
Emotionality and Investing (2) - Jeff de Valdivia (February 22, 2015)
Emotionality and Investing - Jeff de Valdivia (Febrruary 4, 2015)
2015 Outlook: Pain - Eric Parnell, CFA (December 21, 2014)
PERSPECTIVES – The Rise and Fall of Performance Investing - Charles Ellis (August 2014 - Financial Analyst Journal)
The S&Ps’ 500 rose 2.04% in November while the Nasdaq Composite added a comparatively meager .49% and the Russell 2000 (US Small Caps) went up 1.59%. Internationally, the S&P EPAC BMI (developed markets) was flat at .01% while emerging equities were up 4.06% (MSCI EM) and 2.09% (Frontier 100 Index).read more
The S&Ps’ 500 sunk 6.84% in October while the Russell 2000 (US Small Caps) went down a whopping 10.84 %. Internationally, the S&P EPAC BMI (international developed markets) dropped 8.72 while emerging equities were down 8.78% (MSCI EM).read more
The S&Ps’ 500 returned .57% in September while the Russell 2000 (small caps) went down a meaningful 2.40%. Internationally, returns ranged from up .44% for the S&P EPAC BMI (international
developed markets) to slightly down for emerging markets. The MSCI EM was down .32% this month.
August was another spectacular month for US equities. The S&P’s 500 was up 3.26% while the Russell 2000 (small caps) registered a 4.31% performance. Internationally, the situation was bleak. The EPAC BMI (international developed markets) was down 1.72% while the MSCI EM dropped a more painful 2.90%.read more
US equities rallied broadly in July with the S&P’s 500 up 3.72% and the Russell 2000 (Small caps) up 1.74%, respectively. Internationally and in spite of the on-going trade rhetoric, thepicture improved. The Epac BMI (developed markets) was up 1.86% while emerging market equities jumped from 1.68% to 3.34% (MSCI EM and MSCI Frontier 100 respectively).read more
June saw US equities rise with the S&P’s 500 up .62% and the Russell 2000 (Small caps) up .71%, respectively. The picture continued to deteriorate internationally. The Epac BMI (developed markets) was down another …read more
The month of May was particularly volatile. US equities ended resolutely up with the S&P’s 500 returning 2.41% and the small cap index (Russell 2000) rising a whopping 6.07%.read more
US equities were marginally higher in April. The S&P’s 500 rose .38% while its small cap counterpart, the Russell 2000 rose a more meaningful .86%.read more
Jawboning on trade issues by the Administration in the early part of March, combined with Tech-related woes in the latter part of the month, shook investors’ confidence and prompted them to close the first quarter of the year on a negative note.read more
In February, the S&P’s 500 dropped 3.69% while the Russell 2000 sunk 3.87%. The damage was a bit more pronounced internationally as a result of the appreciation of the USD against major currencies. The S&P’s EPAC BMI, our reference index for international developed markets, went down 4.59% while the MSCI EM (emerging markets) index dropped 4.61%.read more