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Wealth Notes: Inform

Wealth Notes is a regular digest provided to you: our valued clients and friends. Our goal with each issue of WealthNotes is to provide you with two perspectives on wealth: one that aims to inspire and the other that aims to inform.

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  • Trump’s Tariffs Made Travis’ Wife Happy

    May 22, 2019

    To Inform:  Is Trump’s decision to raise tariffs from 10% to 25% on $200 billion dollars’ worth of Chinese goods impacting consumer behavior?  It sure did at the Upton house.  Here is the story: My wife has wanted to replace our kitchen floor for years.  Our kitchen has the original vinyl flooring from when our […]

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  • Game of Incentives?

    May 15, 2019

    To Inform:  I’m sure all of us are tired of seeing trade talks pop up in the news, and wish it would be done already…too bad! In most recent news, talks between the U.S. and China have not completely collapsed, but tensions between both parties continue to escalate. A quote from Brian Westbury, Chief Economist, […]

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  • New Highs for US Stocks – What Do We Want to See Next?

    April 25, 2019

    To Inform: Earlier this week, the S&P 500 index officially closed at a new all-time high, eclipsing the last high achieved on September 20th of last year. Courtesy of Yahoo Finance, here is what the chart of the S&P 500 looks like from September 20th of last year through the close on April 23rd of […]

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  • Lunch With A Market Strategist

    April 4, 2019

    To Inform:  Earlier this week, Fidelity Investments hosted a lunch with a senior member of their Capital Market Strategy Group to provide their views on the markets.  I (Travis) had the privilege of attending the lunch and it was a terrific opportunity to consider how Fidelity’s thoughts on markets line up with how we are […]

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  • 2019 March Portfolios at Panera Recap

    March 28, 2019

    To Inform: At this week’s Portfolios at Panera, TJG’s Portfolio Manager, Aaron Filbeck, led our discussion that focused on one dimension of the portfolio construction process: active vs. passive management in The Joseph Group’s objective-based portfolios. As a quick refresher, the primary objective of a passive manager is to replicate the performance of an index, […]

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  • Would You Give Me Some Credit?

    March 20, 2019

    To Inform:  Earlier this week, JP Morgan released its Global Asset Allocation Views for the 2nd quarter.  Overall, JP Morgan is slightly defensive in their views and recommend a slight overweight to bonds and a slight underweight to stocks as they expect markets to remain “range-bound” in the months ahead.  As we read through their […]

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  • 6th Annual Ohio Institutional Investment Forum

    March 14, 2019

    To Inform: Earlier this week, three members of The Joseph Group team (Mark Palmer, Aaron Filbeck, and Travis Upton) attended the 6th Annual Ohio Institutional Investment Forum.  The event largely consisted of panel discussions of Chief Investment Officers and Portfolio Managers from organizations such as The State Teachers Retirement System of Ohio, the Cleveland Clinic, […]

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  • Beware the Ides of March?

    February 27, 2019

    To Inform:  The global stock market has had a terrific start in 2019, with the MSCI All Country World Index returning over 7% in January and adding to those gains in February.  The key question on investors’ minds is “will the stock market gains continue?” As we discussed at a recent “Portfolios and Pints” event, […]

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  • Stocks Up but Earnings Estimates Down – What Gives?

    February 21, 2019

    To Inform:  So far in 2019, stock prices have gone up but analyst estimates of corporate earnings across the world have been declining.  The chart below looks at MSCI World (the entire global stock market) earnings estimates for 2019.  Since October, the estimate for global earnings has fallen from about $144 per share to $137 […]

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