The Yield Curve is Inverted. Don’t Panic.

By Bob French, CFA

Wednesday was another “interesting” day in the markets. The S&P 500 Index was down almost 3% on the day – and follows on the heels of last Monday, where the market was also down nearly 3%. It’s been an eventful week and…

What Does it Mean to Call China a Currency Manipulator?

By Bob French, CFA

Monday (August 5th, 2019) was a chaotic day for both the world economy and markets. We want to break down what’s happened, and how that will likely impact your investments.

Ignore the Financial Media

By Bob French, CFA

WHAT IS OCCAM’S RAZOR? Occam’s Razor is a principle attributed to William Occam, a 14th century philosopher. He stressed that explanations must not be multiplied beyond what is necessary. Thus, Occam’s Razor is a term used to “shave off” or dismiss superfluous…

Can TIPS Help You?

By Bob French, CFA

Inflation is one of the most pernicious risks facing retirees. While there are a lot of ways to manage inflation risk, TIPS, or Treasury Inflation Protected Securities, are one of the few investment options that directly hedge against inflation risk. They aren’t…

Women and Financial Planning

By Jessica Wunder

The theme for 2018’s International Women’s Day campaign is #BalanceforBetter, “Think equal, build smart, innovate for change”.  It is a time to applaud the progress of women’s achievements around the world. However, even with incredible progress, women face unique circumstances when approaching…

Should You Try Timing to Avoid Bad Markets?

By Bob French, CFA

WHAT IS OCCAM’S RAZOR? Occam’s Razor is a principle attributed to William Occam, a 14th century philosopher. He stressed that explanations must not be multiplied beyond what is necessary. Thus, Occam’s Razor is a term used to “shave off” or dismiss superfluous…

How Does the Market in 2018 Stack Up Historically

By Bob French, CFA

There’s been a lot of ‘sturm und drang’ around what the markets have been doing lately. The financial media has been talking about how this is the sign of the inevitable end of the world.   Of course, we’ve had a few things lately that were also…

Charitable Planning Strategies for the Fragile Decade

By Kyle Meyer

As our clients at McLean Asset Management near retirement, we notice that many do not bring up charitable gifting strategies to help optimize their retirement plans. Perhaps it’s a focus on solving the longevity goal of making sure there is enough money…

Is There Such a Thing as “Too Diversified?”

By Bob French, CFA

A client brought up the concept of being too diversified recently, and it gave me pause. My initial reaction was that there is no such thing . Diversification is a good thing. It allows you to minimize  risks inherent in individual investments…

2019 – Q2 Quarterly Market Review

By Retirement Researcher

2018 – Q3 Quarterly Market Review

The Impact of Unexpected Inflation

By Kyle Meyer

The appeal of market timing is obvious. Who wouldn’t want to get in and out of the market at the best time every time? We’ve talked a lot about market timing in the past – timing risk premiums, trying to time the markets on a daily basis, and the importance of staying disciplined even when it seems obvious the markets are going to go down.

The Art of Disciplined Investing

By Bob French, CFA

Often the least sexy advice is the right advice. It’s not exciting, but it will accomplish your goals. This goes for investing, too. Think of your portfolio as a farm. You’ll have good years and bad years, but if you focus on…