To have financial freedom, it’s not enough just to have wealth. You need “liquidity”—the ability to access and spend your capital when you need it. But what if your money is largely held in assets you would prefer not to sell right now?
FOMC Raises the Target Rate by 0.25%
Gary Pzegeo, CFA March 22, 2018
This is the first FOMC meeting, post-meeting press release and press conference for new Chair Jerome Powell. The target rate should get most of the headlines, but the markets have been discounting an increase at this meeting for several months.
Hedge Funds: Falling Fees
Mark Zarella March 21, 2018
Fees are often a topic of discussion regarding hedge funds. The higher fees associated with the fund structure are sometimes challenging to see beyond when deciding where to allocate capital.
Has the Opportunity for Buying International Stocks Passed?
Dan Delany March 20, 2018
We believe now is an opportune time for investors to consider shifting their focus internationally to benefit from attractive valuations, strong corporate growth prospects, and an earlier position in the economic cycle.
FERC Ruling Impacts MLPs
Paul McPheeters, CFA March 16, 2018
The MLP and broader pipeline sector was negatively impacted yesterday by actions at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). We will learn much more in coming days and weeks on the issue. A summary of what was announced and the potential implications follows below.
Diversification Strategies for Privately-Held Business Owners
Erin Dickes March 15, 2018
To be sure, one of the most effective ways to accrue a significant amount of wealth is to make calculated bets. But, as Warren Buffett famously said, “It's only when the tide goes out that you learn who's been swimming naked.”
Three Ways Investors Can Use Market Volatility to Their Advantage
Tom Bridges March 13, 2018
Market volatility is rarely a good reason to abandon a sound long-term investment strategy. While sudden turbulence may cause investors anxiety, there are several ways investors can use volatility to their advantage and position themselves for longer-term success.
Preserving Your Family’s Wealth Part IV: Addressing Personal Safety Risk
Cathy Schnaubelt March 07, 2018
Managing personal security risk is no different from managing other types of risk. It starts with a methodology that identifies areas of vulnerability and follows up with a plan to eliminate or reduce these risks.
CIBC Atlantic Trust Wins Private Asset Management’s Award for Best Investment Platform
Eric Propper, CFA March 06, 2018
We are pleased to announce that CIBC Atlantic Trust has received Private Asset Management (PAM)’s award for Best Investment Platform—Performance.
Policy Giveth, And Policy Taketh Away
Dave Donabedian, CFA March 02, 2018
On Thursday, President Trump signaled his intent to impose steep tariffs on steel and aluminum imports (reportedly 25% and 10%, respectively). Stock market reaction was swift and negative, contributing to an already volatile start to the year.
International Update: The Year of the Dog Starts With Some Bite
Matt Scherer, CFA March 02, 2018
After strong market performance in 2017 that was characterized by a lack of volatility, the market correction was not totally unexpected.
Preserving Your Family’s Wealth Part III: Mitigating Risk at Home
Cathy Schnaubelt February 27, 2018
Threats to your financial security can come from many sources, but there are three areas of particular vulnerability.
Bonds Versus Bond Funds: Is Either Approach Advantageous in a Rising Rate Environment?
Tim Musial, CFA February 22, 2018
Yields on 10-year Treasury bonds have been in decline for the last three decades, but the recent reversal in interest rates has many questioning if the thirty-year bull market in bonds is finally over.
Preserving Your Family’s Wealth Part II: Your Reputation is also an Asset You Need to Protect
Cathy Schnaubelt February 20, 2018
A good reputation is vulnerable to many more threats in the modern world, and the situation can be even more perilous for individuals with a high-profile online presence.
Increased Volatility, Yet Continued Strength
Dave Donabedian, CFA February 14, 2018
While volatility products can claim a large share of the responsibility for Monday’s downturn in equity markets, Thursday’s session showed that interest rates still influence the pricing of risky assets.