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Posts Tagged: investment advisor

Everyone Is A Trader

Written by David Fabian, August 16th, 2017

The notorious website Zerohedge has a thought-provoking tagline that reads: “On a long enough timeline the survival rate for everyone drops to zero.”  There’s plenty of truth to that sentiment and drives the philosophical underpinnings of their news and/or investment opinions.   I’m not promoting their outlook, but I will take my own thinking down a similar track and add that:

“On a long enough timeline, everyone is a trader.” Read more

Great Investment versus Great Timing

Written by David Fabian, June 05th, 2017

The investment universe is littered with articles touting the advantages of various funds or strategies.  I should know.  I have written for the last five years about the characteristics of ETFs and closed-end funds that we consider for our clients.  Some pass my rigorous test, while others are weeded out through careful analysis.

Throughout this time, I have realized it’s easy to compare two or three funds in a vertical category and dissect their merits.  Some will stand out based on costs, while others may promote index methodology, tax efficiency, or security selection as their primary benefits.  Read more

The One Investment Truth That Never Changes

Written by David Fabian, May 11th, 2017

I’ve been an investment advisor for a fair amount of time now.  I’ve seen many investors come and go over my tenure – clients, portfolio managers, brokers, traders, etc…  Some that are quite successful and others that are downright miserable.  The one guiding truth to every single experience is that people are their own worst enemies when it comes to investing. Read more

Investment Advisors Aren’t Worth The Money

Written by David Fabian, April 19th, 2017

I had a conversation with a prospective client the other day who called me inquiring as to what we do.  I gave him the typical run down that we are a fee-only investment advisor specializing in ETF portfolios.  In other words, we provide discretionary management of client accounts using low-cost investment tools.

His response {paraphrasing}: “Mr. Fabian, I know a CFO of a big publicly traded company.  He told me they did a big study about the use of investment advisors and that they aren’t worth the 1% fee.  That all you need to do is buy ETFs to reduce the drag of expenses on your portfolio.  What do you have to say to that?” Read more

The Investment Advisor You Need vs The Advisor You Want

Written by David Fabian, April 06th, 2017

There isn’t a perfect formula or road map for hiring someone to look after your hard-earned wealth.  It’s a unique journey that every investor must carry out based on their objectives and experience.  It’s about knowing the right questions to ask and identifying with a professional that understands their craft and will put your interests ahead of theirs.   Read more