In my first three articles, we hit on the broad U.S. Large-Cap arena—Blend, Growth and Value. All three provided some interesting findings on the hugely debated subject matter relative to the institutional investment space. In this article, we’re going to round out the U.S. core equity investing space by analyzing both the Mid-Cap Blend and Small-Cap Blend. Again—keep in mind, I’m using Morningstar Direct as my source of screening, testing and research on return/expense data points. So how does the U.S. Mid-Cap Blend space fare in the debate?
My last two articles (Who Wins ‘Passive vs. Active’ Institutional Debate? Pt. 1: U.S. Large Cap Blend, and Who Wins ‘Passive vs. Active’ Institutional Debate? Pt. 2: U.S. Large Cap Growth) hit on two of the three asset classes in the U.S. large cap arena – blend and growth.
Check out Andy's post from ThinkAdvisor regarding the "VALUE" of an Advisor... Find out what "the silver bullet", "Vegas", "winning big" and "having your cake and eating it too" might have to do with the actual VALUE of an advisor...
While the federal government probably doesn’t collect all lawfully owed tax dollars due to its own inability to fully validate every taxpayer’s claimed write-offs, it also collects a lot of tax revenue to which it’s legally/factually not entitled. I know what you’re thinking; how does the IRS actually collect and retain tax revenue that isn’t actually owed? The answer is the IRS really doesn’t know it isn’t entitled to these revenues. And it’s costing your clients money! Now that I have your attention, let me elaborate...
All investors are looking for the "Perfect Advisor", but for some reason, many never find them. And It’s no wonder, if even some of what I’ve heard investors want in their "perfect advisor" is true! Allow me to elaborate. To these investors, the perfect advisor is:
Crummy is defined as dirty, run-down, tacky, worthless or just plain lousy. On the other hand, if you’re a “Crummey” advisor, that’s a good thing – especially if you’re making “Crummey” recommendations to your high-net-worth (HNW) clients. Let me explain what I mean about making “Crummey” recommendations.
This year Andy was selected to serve on the Birmingham Business Journal's Table of Experts. The pdf attached will allow you to read the August 2014 issue of The Birmingham Business Journal. Check out the questions that Andy was asked and how he answered those! Andy was honored to be chosen for the Table of Experts this year.
Because every client’s needs are unique, a canned approach to tax-efficient savings of Roth IRAs, traditional IRAs, 401(k), 403(b), NQ annuities, NQ accounts, etc., is not necessarily the most flexible or tax efficient option for every client. As advisors, we know that the words “tax-free” don’t always mean there’s no tax ever paid, just like the term “pre-tax” doesn’t mean there’s always more tax to be paid later.
Tax planning for clients during tax season always generates new strategies and ideas, as unique situations tend to get my analytical wheels turning. From a risk/reward wealth management perspective, I like to look at tax planning with the actual cost to the client in mind, including what is the best cash flow option, because the most tax efficient savings strategy for each person’s situation is the ultimate wealth planning strategy.