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Looking for Answers in the Wake of the Recent Market Correction


The recent drop in the stock market has most people looking for answers. What is going on? Why have stocks dropped so much in such a short amount of time? Market-timers and short-term traders move markets in the course of hours, days, or even months, but we believe the long-term profitability of the companies we own is what drives long-term stock returns. We also know that the kind of movement we are currently experiencing is little more than noise that can safely be ignored. 10% declines in the market on average will happen every year. We have been insulated from this large a decline since the last drop in 2008-2009. There has been a long continuous run up since then with little volatility. In 2017, there were only 8 trading days when the US stock market went up or down by more than 1%. This low volatility and gradual positive gains may have lulled some into unreasonable expectations for stock market performance.

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What is The Value of Diversification?


It’s not always easy to grasp the value of diversification—why, in other words, it’s better to own many stocks inside a mutual fund than one or two stocks on their own. But recent research conducted by Arizona State U. finance professor Hendrik Bessembinder offers some insight.

Bessembinder is not afraid of numbers. He calculated every one month return of every U.S. common stock traded on the New York and American Stock exchanges, and the Nasdaq exchange, since 1926. Even though nearly half of the 25,782 stocks that have been in existence over this time period lasted 7 or fewer years, this still accounted for 2,524,849 individual monthly returns from July 1926 through December 2015.

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Update! Rescheduled! Tune in to Sirius Channel 111 on 1/23/2018 @ 6:20pm to listen to Ryan Vogel on Your Money hosted by Kent Smetters

Due to an unexpected illness, the radio show host had to reschedule the interview with Ryan Vogel for 1/23. Be sure to tune in then!

Private Wealth Management Group Senior Wealth Advisor and Partner, Ryan Vogel CFP®, will be a guest on the satellite radio show “Your Money” with Kent Smetters on January 23, 2018 at 6:20 PM. The show runs from 5-7 PM on Business Radio powered by the Wharton School and can be found on channel 111 via satellite on SiriusXM.

Business Radio features world-renowned and distinguished professors and alumni as regular weekly hosts, plus executives, entrepreneurs, innovators and other experts as special hosts and guests. Broadcasting from Wharton’s Ivy League campus and Silicon Valley, Business Radio covers every aspect of business in an informative, entertaining and approachable manner — from the biggest headlines of the day to the nuts and bolts of how to build a business from the ground up — with some shows offered via live, call-in format.

Ryan will be interviewed by Kent and then take questions from listeners on the topic of tax-managed investing and charitable giving. If you are a satellite radio listener, be sure to catch Ryan this evening on channel 111.

Your Money

5:00pm - 7:00pm

Host Kent Smetters talks first with author Brian Tracy about his latest book, "Believe It to Achieve It"--including how to set the right kind of goals, financial and otherwise. After that Kent welcomes two certified financial planners, who help him take calls from listeners who need personal finance advice.

Open Season: The Importance of Reviewing Your Company Benefits


The leaves are just about done falling and the holidays are upon us. While many of us spend the next few weeks rushing around trying to fit in as many fun activities as possible, the end of the year can also be an opportunity to relax and reflect upon the choices that we've made over the course of the year. What went well? What do we want to do better next year? In regards to financial planning, one set of choices we are asked to review at the end of each year are our company benefit elections.

While it may be tempting to keep your benefits exactly the same year after year, this strategy may not be the best for your current needs. Here are some common misconceptions and overlooked benefits to consider when making your elections this year.

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The Cyber-Security Threat and Steps You Can Take to Protect Your Information


With the recent cyber-attack on Equifax that impacted millions of individuals, it is a reminder that technology is exponentially expanding and proliferating our personal and professional lives more and more each day. While this brings its advantages and efficiencies, it also opens us up too many kinds of threats to our privacy and security.

As technology has advanced over the course of the past 40 years, the computer has shrunk from a machine that took up two rooms to a gadget we can hold in the palm of our hand. Studies have shown that as technology has improved, so have the security protocols for the internet. What this means is that as long as some fairly simple steps are taken to address chinks in your security armor, you will be in a good place to be able to avoid most, if not all digital security risks.

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