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How to Handle a Tough Market

February 1, 2005

Stocks packed a substantial correction into the first two weeks of January. Most indexes and sectors absorbed significant declines both in absolute terms and when compared to their 2004 gains. The S&P 500 gave up 25% of its 2004 gains in the following two weeks. The transportation index saw 17% of its substantial 2004 returns […]


How Pension Payouts Are Affected By Interest Rates

February 1, 2005

The prospect of rising interest rates this year could affect retirement payouts. If your retirement plan offers a choice between an annuity and a lump sum and you were planning to retire in the next year or two, pay attention now. Lump sum payouts increase as interest rates fall and decrease as rates rise. The […]


Estate Planning: New Looks in 529 Plans

December 1, 2004

States are making big changes in their 529 college savings plans. These are the tax-advantaged plans that help people save for the education expenses of their children or grandchildren, or anyone else for that matter. Numerous forces caused the changes. It has been pointed out, in this newsletter especially, that after the 2003 tax law […]


Growth Strategies for a Flat Market

November 1, 2004

Have you earned 0% or even lost money on your investments over the last five years? Most investors aren’t as fortunate as we have been. The major stock indexes are about where they were five years ago. Anyone who follows the conventional buy-and-hold index investing strategy has no net gains or modest losses to show […]


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Dangers of the Private REIT

September 1, 2004

Real estate investment trusts have been important parts of our portfolios. Cohen & Steers Realty Shares has outperformed the S&P 500 for the last 10 years, for each of the last four full years, and so far in 2004. Unfortunately, the good news about real estate and REITs is being used to entice investors, especially […]


Navigating Troubled Markets

September 1, 2004

Fear stalks the markets these days. The last few months we gradually added protection against such a surge in investor pessimism. Those moves served our portfolios well in the recent downturn and will help if things get worse. Don’t try to forecast whether this is a correction or a new bear market. It is a […]


High-Return, Low-Risk Hedge Alternatives

September 1, 2004

Our Alternative Portfolio, also known as our “hedge fund” portfolio, remains on its track of strong, steady returns. The quarter ending June 30 was slower than prior recent quarters, ending with a small loss, but it still did better than the major stock indexes. New investors to the portfolio, however, will have to make some […]


What To Do with REITs Now

May 1, 2004

The markets have seen a lot of changes, but changes aren’t required in our Managed Portfolios. We were well-positioned for the turn in interest rates. Let’s get right into the specifics. Sector and Balanced Managed Portfolios Real estate investment trusts saw the most action in the last month. Cohen & Steers Realty Shares was up […]

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