Trade Wars

by John Gugle We have little doubt the media has caught your attention with recent trade war headlines. No one likes trade friction as it tends to stoke our worst fears of economic calamities. To date, the “trade war” has been more about hypothetical impact that can confuse and worry investors, but it has not yet led to an adverse …

How to Talk to Clients with Market Jitters

February 22, 2018 Barron’s While most advisors recognize that volatility can be a good thing, many clients don’t share the same opinion. But calling them with rout advice about how to weather the storm isn’t necessarily the best course of action. That’s according to several veteran advisors interviewed by Financial Advisor. “It’s important to always be in front of the conversation …

David Herro’s Record Shows Some Stock Pickers Do Beat the Index

September 29, 2017 Bloomberg by Charles Stein   David Herro’s mutual fund lost 9.7 percent on June 24, 2016 — a huge one-day drop for a diversified portfolio. British voters had just approved Brexit and investors deemed it a disaster for European banks, a big part of Herro’s Oakmark International Fund. Herro disagreed. “I don’t think the intrinsic value of these …

This Is Why More People Are Investing, Not Spending, Their HSA Health Care Savings

March 20, 2017 Investor’s Business Daily by Donald Jay Korn Most people who contribute to health savings accounts are setting aside tax-free money to use for medical expenses as they arise. But a growing number of HSA members can afford to invest contributions in stocks, mutual funds and other investment vehicles. According to the 2016 Year-End Devenir HSA Research Report, …

Individual Investors Wade In as Stocks Soar

March 10, 2017 Wall Street Journal Ann Reilley Gugle was featured in an article addressing how individual investors are handling the US stock market hitting new all-time highs. The article includes insights from a particular client of Alpha Financial.  Ann is the principal and chief executive of Alpha Financial Advisors in Charlotte, N.C.  *** You can read the full article …

This Hot-Potato Rule May Get Delayed. What It Means For Your Retirement

January 9, 2017 CNBC by Tom Anderson The April 10 rollout of the Department of Labor’s contentious fiduciary rule is less than four months away. Republican lawmakers, however, want to wind back the clock. Rep. Joe Wilson, a South Carolina Republican, has introduced a bill that would delay the rule, which requires broker-dealers and financial advisors to provide advice in …

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How to Advise Clients on the Expat Experience

October 27, 2016 Wall Street Journal Ann Reilley Gugle was featured in an article addressing the experience of working and living abroad as an expatriate.  Ann is the principal and chief executive of Alpha Financial Advisors in Charlotte, N.C.  *** You can read the full article from The Wall Street Journal, here

How to Find the Right Financial Adviser for You and Your Money

July 20, 2016 Kiplinger’s Personal Finance by Lisa Gerstner & Kimberly Lankford Financial advisers come in a confusing array of professional designations, with different fee structures and areas of expertise. Americans aren’t making the grade when it comes to managing their finances—or at least they don’t think they are. On average, U.S. households give themselves a C+ on their ability …

Advisors See New Fiduciary Rule as a Chance To Educate Clients

April 15, 2016 Investor’s Business Daily by Morey Stettner April 6, the Labor Department issued a regulation to raise the standard for investment advice to retirement savers. Brokers and other financial professionals who help investors with retirement accounts must now act in the best interest of their clients. For those financial advisors registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the …