Thought Leadership: Embracing Efficiency

For the more than two decades, the concepts of “quality” and “efficiency” have been woven into the operational fabric of major global companies. Six Sigma and ISO 9000 have had profound impacts on several industries – most notably manufacturing and shipping/distribution. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification has become an international standard in large-scale commercial and residential construction.

The Investor Quarterly: Market Commentary and Investment Perspective

The first calendar quarter of 2017 saw a continuation of the prior quarter’s positive performance in most capital markets, with global equity markets delivering further gains, and extending the equity markets’ rally that accelerated in the last two months of 2016 (a.k.a. “the Trump Bump”). Domestic and developed foreign equity markets around the globe delivered solid, mid-single-digit returns last quarter, with most of those gains gleaned in the first two months of the new calendar year.

Thought Leadership: Are you a business owner or a financial advisor/planner? That’s a serious question.

Now that your attention has been garnered, perhaps some clarification is in order.

Think about it. As a financial advisor and/or financial planner, your life is devoted to detail. Consider the moving parts of onboarding new clients. Aligning calendars to schedule meetings. Forms and questionnaires. Privacy notices. Prospectuses. Form ADV brochures. Client folder prep, either digitally or manually. And, complying with the DOL Fiduciary Rule will only add to the list.

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Happy 8th Birthday, Bull Market! What's Next? Four reasons to “Love” the market at these levels, and four reasons to “Leave” it!

Earlier this month (March 9th), the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index, a “proxy” for U.S. stock markets, celebrated the eighth anniversary of the end of its most recent “bear market” decline. Its chilling effects still fresh in many investors’ memory, the bear market that ended eight years ago will long be remembered as a nasty side effect of “The Great Housing/Credit Crisis”. The stock market’s violent decline took just seventeen months from start to finish, but it took (-57%) of the market’s capital as well (Source: www.marketwatch.com). Since its merciful end on March 9th, 2009, when the Index closed at a meager 676.53, investors have enjoyed an uninterrupted “bull market”, and at the close of the market last evening, the S&P 500 Index sits +249% higher than its start.

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Thought Leadership: To say the financial services industry has been a rollercoaster of change the past decade and a half is probably a gross understatement

To say that change is sneaking up on an entire group of financial advisors who may not have seen it coming and now face tough decisions about the future of their practices is probably not an understatement at all...

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Aaron Brodt Among "Best of Best" Financial Advisors Attending Barron's

Aaron Brodt, attended the seventh-annual Barron's Top Independent Advisors Summit, hosted by Barron's magazine to promote best practices in the industry and the value of advice to the investing public. The invitation-only conference was held at the Fairmont Princess Hotel March 23 - 25 in Scottsdale, AZ.

The Bella Twins meet with a financial planner: Total Divas

The Bella Twins meet with financial planner Aaron Brodt of Ashton Thomas.

Ashton Thomas Launches New Website

Kudos to the entire team for working so diligently to get the site finished. We look forward to continuing to add to and improve our new site.