On April 1st (no fooling) we launched a new series of portfolios—the Factor Select portfolios. We created them in response to advisors who wanted our best ideas about how to build low cost, factor-based portfolios. A lot of work and research went into their design and we proudly offer them to give you more options … Read More
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TAMP users beware! There is a disturbing trend in our industry that may get you in trouble with the regulators if you’re not careful. Everything Was Fine Until… It all started innocently enough. In the “early days” (early 1990s) there weren’t many TAMPs, and their investment offerings were quite different. Advisors chose which TAMP they … Read More
Given the market activity we have experienced recently, we thought it would be a good opportunity to share our views and hopefully provide a little useful perspective and insight. In short, we really view this as a natural and probably necessary pullback in the markets. Through September 30th, US stocks were up more than 17% … Read More
Recently, a financial planner I really admire invited me to a group she was hosting at her office for women in financial services to elevate each other in their respective roles. After I gladly accepted the invitation, she emailed me again saying that the speaker for this month’s get-together had a last-minute conflict and could … Read More
“You better start swimmin’ or you’ll sink like a stone for the times they are a changin’.” –Bob Dylan Last time we talked about how technology is changing the game for advisors. To sum up, in the future, the traditional cornerstones of your value proposition like investment management, portfolio rebalancing, tax loss harvesting, and financial … Read More
“No man is so brave that he is not disturbed by something unexpected.” – Julius Caesar The idea of investing for the long-term sounds easy in theory. However, it can be a difficult concept for clients to internalize when they are in the heart of a volatile market. “This too shall pass” may be true, … Read More
“You better start swimmin’ or you’ll sink like a stone for the times they are a changin’.” –Bob Dylan You have no need to fear the future, but you better be prepared for it. Failure to adapt to the changes that are taking place today will cause your business to sink like a stone tomorrow. … Read More
At First Ascent, we take a long-term view towards investing, believing shorter-term moves in the markets are unpredictable and mostly just noise. The first quarter of 2018 was a great example of why we believe this. As a result, I advocate what I call the “Rip Van Winkle” approach to long-term investing. After an incredibly … Read More