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"Is It Over Yet?" Thoughts on the Election and Markets

Dave Donabedian, CFA
August 30, 2016

  More than a year after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and businessman Donald Trump entered the presidential race, we still have over two months to go before Election Day. The “campaign season” has turned into a near-permanent state of affairs. A baby born on the day Clinton announced her candidacy will most likely be walking and talking by the election date, and a Major League...

G2G Impact

7 Important Financial Questions to Answer When Expecting a Child

Chris Lombardo, CFA
August 26, 2016

  Welcoming a new baby is not only a personal milestone, it’s also a financial milestone. In addition to choosing names and nursery colors, you need to start making crucial financial decisions for your family. Parents today confront challenges that previous generations did not, including student loan debt that has necessitated 43% of borrowers to delay having a family and social security...

G2G Impact

It’s Time to Start Thinking About An Internship Next Summer

Michael Sherman
August 24, 2016

  Through its G2G Impact initiative, Atlantic Trust is pleased to partner with Michael Sherman, founder of Graduate to Employment. In last week’s blog post, Michael shared some startling facts about the current job market and their implications for the Class of 2016’s job prospects.     This week, the series continues with a discussion about the role of the summer internship...

Wealth Strategies

Why Your Family Needs a “Healthcare Emergency Plan”

Dianne Savastano
August 23, 2016

  If you are like me and grew up as an only child, it's simple.  I need to tend to all the responsibilities associated with a sick or hospitalized parent, including taking care of the second parent that I'm so fortunate to have. There's no discussion and no coordination of effort required: It's all mine!     For those who have siblings, sharing these...

G2G Impact

G2G Impact: Own Your Graduation Transition Plan

Michael Sherman
August 16, 2016

  Despite uneven performance from the U.S. economy and mounting worries over the long-term economic impact of the Brexit vote held in June, there’s a silver lining for the class of 2016. Citing data from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), CNBC reported that this year is shaping up to be one of the best job markets in recent years for college graduates.   ...


Active Management: In Search of Outstanding Investment Ideas

Scott Burg, CFA, CAIA
August 11, 2016

  Given recent market performance, it could become quite easy to focus on short-term relative numbers, especially when comparing active vs. passive investment strategies. Although passive strategies tend to charge lower fees with mandates to match the performance of an index, investors should expect to almost fully capture market returns on the upside and to nearly match the index on the...

Wealth Strategies

Examining Our Culture of Care With Gaby Bailey

Paulina Mejia
August 10, 2016

  The word “fiduciary” is commonly associated with the words “ethics,” “duty,” “prudence,” “loyalty” and—almost always—“trust.” No surprise there, as the word comes from the Latin fidere, to trust.     In the Q3 edition of The Advisor, Atlantic Trust’s quarterly magazine, we sit down with Chief Fiduciary Officer Gabrielle D. “Gaby” Bailey to gain a better understanding of...

Wealth Strategies

Incorporating Insurance Into Your Wealth Protection Plan

Susan Farris, CFA
August 05, 2016

  Insurance may very well be the only purchase a person makes without having any intention to use it. And yet, it plays an essential role in not only risk management, but also asset protection. Many different types of insurance are available for various circumstances, but today I would like to focus specifically on the subject of disability insurance.     Although disability...


The Four Drivers of Success for Our Disciplined Equity Strategy

Brant Houston, CFA
August 03, 2016

  In managing our Disciplined Equity Strategy (DISE), we look for companies with characteristics that reflect quality, such as strong cash flows, proven management teams and leading competitive positions in attractive industries.     As a result of our focus on these qualities, DISE has been able to stand out from the pack in terms of its performance by generally producing...

Wealth Strategies

Reviving Charitable Remainder Trusts

Art Graper, CFP®
July 27, 2016

  When it comes to estate and tax planning, philanthropy provides an opportunity to leave a legacy or fulfill a personal passion. Among the available giving strategies, Charitable Remainder Trusts (CRTs) are unique because of their ability to pay donors an annual income stream and satisfy charitable desires at the same time. This is because the trust’s remainder passes to one or more...


Housing Is Finally Delivering a Boost to the Economy

Jay Pearlstein, CFA
July 26, 2016

  In the movie “The Big Short,” based on Michael Lewis’ best-selling book about Wall Street’s role in the housing boom and subsequent bust, there is the constant, incredulous refrain: “But housing is always stable... people don’t just not pay their mortgage... It will never collapse.” Bets upon bets upon bets later, it did happen, resulting in the Great Recession and Financial Crisis of...

Firm News

Adam Karpf Featured in Barron’s Speaking About MLPs

Dave Donabedian, CFA
July 22, 2016

  Adam R. Karpf, CFA, co-manager of Atlantic Trust’s Master Limited Partnership (MLP) strategies, was recently featured in a Barron’s article in which he commented on the recent rally within energy-focused MLPs. He elaborates further in the quote below:     Over time, with the further stabilization in crude oil prices, we expect investors will recognize and gain better...


The Venture Capital Questions You’ve Been Wanting To Ask, Answered

Dan Criscuolo
July 20, 2016

Beyond the three primary asset classes—stocks, bonds and cash—there are many other types of investments that can be used to diversify investment portfolios. Over the years, alternative investment strategies such as natural resources, real estate and hedge funds have become popular allocation targets to achieve this diversification. Another popular alternative asset class—and one that continues...

Wealth Strategies

A Long-Term Trust for Long-Term Planning

Dee Ann Schedler
July 19, 2016

  A key strategy in wealth planning today, trusts offer broad flexibility to help families achieve their wealth planning goals by providing:                       Broad flexibility to help structure and manage assets Reduced administrative costs and delays at death Substantial estate and gift tax savings   ...


A View from the Inside: Who Will Be Next in the White House?

Gary Pzegeo, CFA
July 15, 2016

  According to David Wasserman, the 2016 presidential election will break every rule of politics we have been taught. Wasserman is political analyst and House editor for The Cook Political Report, which provides analyses of presidential, U.S. Senate, House and gubernatorial races. In March, to coincide with the launch of our Investment and Political Outlook Speaker Series, David spoke...

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