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Reversal of Fortune

Dave Donabedian, CFA
March 22, 2016

        To beset or victimize in two opposite ways at once… (Source: Merriam-Webster Dictionary)     The S&P 500 Index is about where it was 18 months ago. Due to rising volatility and sector rotation, however, there have been all sorts of ways to make and lose money over this time. Even within the first quarter of 2016, we have seen a distinct change...


Investment Opportunities: Terms and Concepts to Know

Brant Houston, CFA
March 22, 2016

  Last week, CNBC reported that a majority of America’s 80 million millennials are not active in the stock market. Though the article cited a lack of funds as one reason for what it calls a “generation gap” in investing, MarketWatch suggests that lack of financial education may also be a contributing factor.     Rest assured—this is not rocket science, even if you’re new to...

Women's CIRCLE

Millennial Women and Money, Part III: Protecting Your Wealth

Melissa Donohue
March 18, 2016

  Building wealth in any life stage is as much about protecting your wealth as it is about growing it. As we discussed last week in Part II of this series, investing your money is key to growing it, and plenty of tools exist to help you protect your wealth, as well. Of course, leveraging the expertise of a trusted advisor can help in this area also.         ...


Investment Brief: No Change in the Federal Funds Rate

Gary Pzegeo, CFA
March 17, 2016

  As expected, the Federal Open Market Committee voted to maintain the target range for the federal funds rate at 0.25% to 0.50%.  The Fed’s statement included some marginal adjustments to growth and inflation when compared to its January release, but the accompanying Summary of Economic Projections lowered expectations for short-term rates.     Following is a summary of...

Firm News

Atlantic Trust Honored at 2016 Family Wealth Report Awards

Jack Markwalter
March 16, 2016

  We are pleased to announce that Atlantic Trust received two awards at the 2016 Family Wealth Report awards ceremony held on March 10 in New York:                   Leading individual (multi-family office): David L. Donabedian, CFA Multi-family office (client initiative) for the firm’s G2G Impact, Women’s CIRCLE and internal...

G2G Impact

10 Easy Steps to Get Organized for Tax Time

Mary Beth Storjohann
March 15, 2016

If you’re like me (and most Americans), taxes can be a bit more involved than a simple click, click, add, add and, poof, done, like some of these crazy tax solution commercials might lead you to believe. Instead, tax time probably includes bang, bang, kick, kick, facepalm and, phew, done! I may not be able to make tax preparation your idea of a fun Friday night, but I can offer some tips that...

Women's CIRCLE

Millennial Women and Money, Part II: Growing Wealth Intelligently

Melissa Donohue
March 10, 2016

  One of the greatest opportunities young women have is the ability to grow wealth through investing. Because of the power of compounding, time is a very good friend to the young investor.     However, many women find a discomfort with risk, which is inherent in investing. Risk means exactly what it sounds like: the chance that something could go wrong. But even with recent...

Firm News

Atlantic Trust Debuts Investment and Political Outlook Speaker Series

Brent Fykes, CFA, CFP®
March 09, 2016

  The 2016 presidential race is heating up, giving rise to important questions about the candidates and their views, as well as how the eventual outcome of the election might influence the markets in the U.S. and impact the global economy.     To provide insight on these questions, Atlantic Trust was pleased to host editor and political analyst David Wasserman for an engaging...

G2G Impact

5 Quick Tips to Help You Prevent Credit Card Fraud

Duncan Edwards, CFP®
March 08, 2016

  Picture this: You’re enjoying dinner with a few close friends and the bill has just arrived. You pay the bill, leave the signed receipt on the table and head off to your next destination. A few days later, you get a call from your bank asking about a few “suspicious” high-dollar charges that you definitely didn’t make. What happened?     Credit card fraud is one of the...

G2G Impact

Millennial Women and Money, Part I: Money and Money Management

Melissa Donohue
March 03, 2016

  Welcome to Part I of our four-part series on millennial women and money, which will explore and attempt to answer critical questions about money and finance as they relate to millennial women. For an overview of the series and the goals we hope to achieve over the course of this month, click here.     Ah, money management! To some, it might sound like a kind of mysterious...

Firm News

Atlantic Trust Wows at the Art Institute of Chicago

Denise Whennen
March 02, 2016

  Atlantic Trust and the Art Institute of Chicago brought some much-needed warmth to the Windy City last week with a special viewing of Vincent Van Gogh paintings in the “Van Gogh’s Bedroom” exhibition.     The exclusive event, which took place Wednesday, February 24, at the Art Institute’s Arthur Rubloff Building, hosted more than 200 Atlantic Trust guests and partners....

G2G Impact

Buying Your First Home: Making Sense of Mortgage Clauses

Sam Adams
March 01, 2016

One of the less glamorous but nonetheless crucial steps in buying a new home is dealing with the sizable amount of paperwork you’ll be required to sign at the closing or settlement meeting. If you required mortgage financing to purchase your property, the mortgage contract is among the most important documents you’ll sign. A mortgage contract will often contain one or more provisions—called...

Women's CIRCLE

Millennial Women and Money: An Introduction

Melissa Donohue
February 25, 2016

  As young adults, millennials are faced with significant uncertainty. They may not have full knowledge of the world, but they do have adult responsibilities. And our world today is full of the unexpected: The U.S. economy is less reliable, the markets are more volatile and issues like risk are even greater for this demographic.     Millennial women, in particular, face even...

Firm News

Atlantic Trust wins 2016 Private Asset Management Award

Eric Propper, CFA
February 24, 2016

  We are pleased to announce that Atlantic Trust has been recognized as Best Private Wealth Manager—Overall by Private Asset Management (PAM). The 2016 PAM Awards were announced February 22 at a ceremony in New York. Eight firms were shortlisted for this award.     This is an impressive achievement that offers further evidence of our firm’s commitment to providing the...


Is the Stock Market Signaling Recession?

Dave Donabedian, CFA
February 23, 2016

        “The stock market has forecast nine of the last five recessions.” — Paul Samuelson, Nobel Prize winning economist     The U.S. equity market has endured two corrections (i.e., declines of more than 10%) in the last six months.1 Along with deeper market plunges abroad and the struggling energy sector, stock market volatility has raised anxiety about...

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