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The Low Down on Retirement Accounts

Hello from Sycamore,

It’s that time of year again – if you are over 70 ½ and haven’t taken your Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) for the 2018 tax year, you can expect to be hearing from us!

What is an RMD?

An RMD is the minimum distribution you must withdraw from your retirement account each year.

When do I have to begin taking RMD’s?

You must begin taking your RMD on April 1 of the year following the calendar year in which you reach age 70 ½. What does this really mean?

Example: Your 70th birthday was June 30, 2017. You reach age 70 ½ on […]

By |December 5th, 2018|

The Market is Volatile – Is this Normal?

Hello from Sycamore,

If you have been watching the news lately, you have likely seen that the markets have been volatile. What should you do you ask? We believe it is best to stay the course. These recent, large single day declines may seem a bit spooky, but when we look at the big picture, these are to be expected with an index that has increased in value over time. The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) has been around for over 122 years and in January 1975 the DJIA was valued a little over 600 points, now fast forward to 2018 […]

By |November 13th, 2018|

We Don’t Want To Brag but…

Hello from Sycamore,

Building the wealth of our clients means we focus on essentials and generally avoid the clutter associated with marketing ourselves as a firm. But sometime the news is so good that it becomes a genuine occasion to celebrate with our friends. We just had one of those moments.

In 1990 we began to manage separate accounts for our clients and, since September of 1996, we have had those accounts independently verified by Ashland Partners. We send our verification and the composite performance of the accounts we manage as a whole to Morningstar, a company that rates managers against other […]

By |May 5th, 2016|

Questions During The Bull Market

Stock prices have advanced significantly over the last few years causing several indexes to reach new all-time highs. This has generated a couple of questions that we have been discussing frequently with clients.

Question: Should you consider selling because the overall market indexes are making new all-time highs?
Answer: We don’t think so. Near the time that I started in this business 1975 the Dow Jones 30 Industrial average was a little above 600…yes you read that right…600 total. Today it’s about 16,500. This index and many others that measure share prices, generally will reflect the profitability of the companies represented by […]

By |June 4th, 2014|

Reflecting on Recent Progress of Economy

As a general rule progress comes in very small increments. Whether we’re talking about the economy or learning to play a piano, often the day-to-day gains are barely measurable. We are primed to want “more…better…now” and as time passes we reassess our long-term investments, asking “what have you done for me… lately?” Frequently the best way to appreciate a financial position is to stop and reflect on economic progress over a longer period of time. With that in mind, let’s compress time and evaluate our economic progress since the low point of the Great Recession of 2008-2009.

Before we start, we […]

By |August 8th, 2013|

Diversification – June 2013

Asset Class Allocation

In March 2009 the market hit a low point (I’ll bet you still remember). Since then it has risen about 100% so we’re all feeling much better except for those ‘nagging memories’. During the last few months, as some markets have reached new all-time highs, we’ve had a lot of questions about valuations. “Is the market to high?” “How’s the economy?”. “Should I sell and wait for a correction or change my allocation?”

Let me start with the markets making new all-time highs. When I started in this business…1973…the Dow Jones was about 600-700. Today it’s about 15,000. We’re […]

By |June 7th, 2013|