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Jan 2024 Recap & Portfolio Adjustments

5-7 minute read Welcome back my friends and I hope your 2024 is off to a great start. Since we made some portfolio adjustments and rebalanced everyone’s accounts this past week, this is going to be a longer video so buckle up. Since many of the portfolio changes tie into January events, I’m going to save the that for the end to give them more context, but with the first month of the year in the rearview, let's see how 2024 is shaping up.   US Markets & Events After coming into the final week of the month with the S&P up 3.4%, J Powell’s comments...

I-Bond

Have you heard the recent buzz of I-Bonds, but are left wondering what they are and if they're right for you? We've got you covered. The rise in popularity of I-Bonds raises a lot of questions: How much/many can I purchase? Individuals are limited to purchasing $10,000 of I-bonds annually, couples can each purchase $10,000 for a total of $20,000 annually.  Though individuals can only purchase $10,000 in bonds there are ample opportunities to increase the total value of bonds purchased.  Business’s, living trusts and children can purchase up to $10,000 each of I-bonds.  Additionally, taxpayers that expect to receive a refund can opt...

How We Use Actively Managed Funds in Our Portfolios

Part of our core investment philosophy is optimizing the risk/reward relationship within our portfolios. In the context of portfolio design, the risk/reward relationship we are referring to is that for each fund category, relative to its benchmark index. Broadly speaking, index funds follow rules-based management and are meant to replicate the volatility and performance of their respective index, with very little variation, and low expenses. As such, we use index funds as the baseline when evaluating other funds in that category. On the other hand, actively managed funds have more discretion in what the fund is investing in, as long as those...