Investing

  • inflation

    Threat of inflation, or inflated threat?

    The federal government spent $4.8 trillion in 2019. That’s $150,880 per second, but it gets worse. In the plague year of 2020, it spent $6.8 trillion, which comes to … oh, who cares? It’s a lot and it’s bound to be even higher this year, especially with at least another round or two of pandemic […]

  • Socially Responsible Investing: Investing Well by Investing Good

    Over the past two or three years, many investors have focused more on companies’ performance in terms of a new set of standards, those of the Environmental, Social, and Governance movement. ESG might sound like something that appeals strictly to yoga instructors and vegan coffeehouse staff, but that is an outdated view. Sustainability – a […]

  • Learn About Smith Anglin’s Fiduciary Duty

    What is a fiduciary? If you have ever considered using a financial adviser, chances are you may have heard this term and wondered exactly what it means and why it’s important when choosing an investment adviser. Watch our short video to find out more. A fiduciary is a person or organization that acts on behalf of another […]

  • Personnel is policy

    It can be presumed at this point that on January 20, 2021, Joe Biden will be in office. Elections, no matter how well-executed and no matter how flawed, come to a conclusion at some point. The winner gets to pick the people who will execute the agenda. It is these appointments that, more than anything […]

  • What is Happening to the Value of the U.S. Dollar?

    We have talked about investing in commodities. “So, what’s your plan for your post-Great Expansion nest egg?” we asked, referring to the decade-long period of economic growth, which has since succumbed to the virus. “What if the stock market turns bearish, the yield curve continues to penalize long-term savings and the Federal Reserve continues to […]

  • Large-Cap and Small-Cap Stocks: What You Should Know

    This article was supposed to be a reminder that, during tough times, it’s generally better to hold large-cap stocks than small-cap stocks. We’ll get into the theory in a moment but, like everything else that once made sense, the coronavirus pandemic has completely contorted that dictum beyond recognition. There is no appreciable, risk-adjusted difference at […]

  • How to Navigate a Volatile Market

    With the economy sputtering, stocks going up, and coronavirus cases going one way or the other depending on where you live, these are some fairly anxious times. No, let’s not be cagey about it. These are the most anxious times since most of us have been alive, and since most of our parents have been […]

  • IPOs: Not just for high rollers

    There sure have been a lot of big-name initial public offerings (IPOs) so far this year, and a lot more in the pipeline. Already we’ve seen Zoom, Slack, Beyond Meat, Chewy, Fiverr, Pinterest, Uber, and Lyft. Still on deck are AirBNB, Postmates, Robinhood, and WeWork parent The We Company. Traditionally, retail investors have been unable […]

  • Bear hunting

    It’s hard to gauge the point at which you’ve entered a recession – two consecutive quarters of negative economic growth. It’s much easier, though, to figure out when you’ve hit a bear market because a bear market occurs when the stock market, usually defined as the S&P 500 index, falls 20% from its peak. It’s […]

  • Commodities: Hard assets for hard times

    In normal times, investment advisors often tell you to diversify your portfolio into three broad categories: equities, fixed income, and cash equivalents. What proportion you put into each bucket is a judgment call, as is the frequency with which you rebalance your portfolio. And of course, the art lies in picking the right vehicles within […]

  • Emotional Rescue: Guard Yourself Against These Common Investing Biases

    Some of the most hackneyed suggestions you’ll hear from financial advisers is, “Don’t invest with emotion.” We’re going to gently push back on that notion a little. The reasons why you invest are deeply emotional because the stakes are high. This isn’t about scorekeeping, it’s about ensuring that your loved ones—yourself included—are provided for when […]

  • Could Brexit be good for your portfolio?

    The United Kingdom is leaving the European Union! Implications for global trade could be disastrous! Implications for the global financial industry could be even worse! The British government is in disarray! People are panicking! But should they? To say the U.K. has weathered worse would be so trite an understatement that even the British – […]