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We hope this finds you and your family well. We wanted to reach out to provide some perspective on equity and bond markets. The attached summary from Phil Blancato of Advisor Group does a really good job of sharing insights into the current economic and market conditions.
With market volatility and uncertainty, we have continued to take a more cautionary approach. Our approach reminds us of the Fall football season. We see signs in the crowd with the capital letter D and the white picket fence. Defense can be viewed as boring but an integral part of the game. I think most coaches would agree that having a good defense is critical to winning the game. We agree. In the investment world we talk about defense in terms of risk management. We stay invested for the time horizon appropriate for your needs and adjust what we are holding for you. That doesn’t mean we go to cash or give up on our long-term perspective or even try to time the market. Defense to us means that the risks may be greater than the rewards in the near term and therefore we migrate to less portfolio risk. That could be a 3-5% adjustment in how we are allocated. Defense may include dividend paying equities or even short-term treasuries in some cases. You have seen those changes recently in the trade confirmations coming through your email.
In light of the more hawkish tone from the Federal Reserve, we are playing defense in the equity and the bond markets. A hawkish tone implies the continuation of raising interest rates and slowing the economy so supply can meet demand needs. We prefer an environment of strong economic growth but it’s just not the case today. In our reviews with you, we are making sure we have the appropriate level of cash and conservative holdings to preserve income needs if you are retired or nearing retirement. For our clients still accumulating assets and who have a longer time horizon, you are likely to find these are great times to be adding to your 401ks, 529 plans and your investment accounts with us. In our experience going back to the 80’s, each of these economic slowdowns has created incredible opportunities to buy low and grow your investment wealth.
We are here for you, and we will continue to be watchful and nimble as we navigate new information. We will continue to focus on your time horizon and do our best to meet all your financial objectives. Call us if you want to talk about it more. Otherwise, we look forward to visiting and discussing your needs in our next client review.
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