Do Investment Returns Matter?

The S&P 500 rose 13% in the first quarter.  Are you satisfied or frustrated if your investment portfolio “only” made 12%?

During the quarterly review season investors want to know how well their accounts performed. Did they make money? Did they outperform the market? Will the trend continue? These are common, and logical, questions investors ask their advisors – but are they the right ones to ask?

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Latte Wars

A high-profile financial battle is brewing over coffee. Suze Orman has said that a daily coffee habit can cost you $1 million.[1] Her comments were called into question by Ben Carlson, blogger at “A Wealth of Common Sense.” He said, “This advice sounds good because the latte factor is catchy but it’s not useful advice.”[2]

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My Canoe Trip

I recently took an overnight canoe trip with some mighty men from my church - a diverse group of weekend warriors brought together for adventure and fellowship.  

We paddled down the Colorado River. The river was running faster than normal due to the rain we received in Austin, so it produced some exciting moments. One team tried to row under some low hanging branches. It didn’t go well, and they were both thrown from their canoe. One individual floated down the river for about a mile or two before we reached our lunch spot and he could rejoin his canoe and partner.

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The Masters

Tiger Woods roared to life by winning the 2019 Masters – his fifth green jacket.  He last won at Augusta in 2005 and it’s his first major win in 11 years. Athletically, his win marks one of the greatest comebacks in all of sports.

His trials and tribulations are well documented, and few people gave him much of a chance of returning to glory. After his fall from grace, experts weighed in on his golfing future:

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Stocks & Yogurt

Consumers are stressed out over yogurt.

The Wall Street Journal recently published an article about declining yogurt sales - Yogurt Sales Sour as Options Proliferate. The main theme of the article is that consumers have too many choices.

According to the article “the average U.S. Supermarket carries 306 different yogurt varieties”[1] and the consumer is overwhelmed. The article added: “Some consumers say all that choice is giving them yogurt fatigue.”

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What’s Your Fee Schedule?

Good morning and welcome to the first annual financial planning and investment management fee summit. My name is Nate Narrator and today we’ll talk to a panel of financial advisors, planners and brokers to discuss their fee schedules and how they charge clients.

Our distinguished panel includes the following individuals: Andy AUM, Rebecca Retainer, Hank Hourly, Cindy Commission, Frank Flat Fee, and Patty Planner.

Let’s meet the panel.

Andy AUM. Andy charges an asset under management fee of 1%.

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The Los Angeles Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers are iconic. A dynasty. They’re one of the great franchises – not just in basketball, but all sports. They’ve won 16 NBA Championships. Their roster has included legendary players like Magic, Kobe, Shaq, Wilt, Kareem, Mikan, Worthy, Baylor, Jamal, LeBron and The Logo.

I grew up watching the Laker’s in the ‘80s with Show Time. Their battles with the Celtics, Pistons and Bulls were epic. A Magic led fast break, or a Kareem sky hook was magical. Listening to Chick Hearn enhanced the experience.

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Beware Ten Year Track Records

Mutual fund companies and asset managers will start touting their 10-year performance record with dazzling numbers. The marketers will try to lure you in based on their outsized performance. But, before you invest, dig deeper. Ask to see their 15-year track record. If they don’t have one, review their performance from 2008. How did the fund perform during the Great Recession?

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