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2 Key Factors For Judging Investment Returns

Written by David Fabian, May 07th, 2017

The ability to compare your historical returns to an index or benchmark is an important component of investment success.  This exercise allows you to judge whether your strategy is performing up to your expectations or review the effectiveness of someone else’s advice before you decide to hire them.  While this practice is commonplace throughout the industry, I often see investors making head-scratching conclusions based on biased or incomplete information. 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

Sensible Tips For Constructing A Well-Balanced Portfolio

Written by David Fabian, March 27th, 2017

Constructing a well-balanced portfolio is a fine art that can be lost among the shuffle of collecting individual positions.  Too often, investors are more concerned about finding the right stock or jumping on a new trend, rather than analyzing how it fits within their accounts.

Jumbling together a random series of stocks or funds without any sense of cohesion makes it more likely that you will abandon them at random (inopportune) moments.  That path leads to uncertainty of past decisions, weak correlation with the markets, and streaky performance at best.  Instead, matching all the right pieces together to suit your risk tolerance and investment strategy will have a meaningful impact on your behavioral choices through good times and bad. Read more

Four Years Ago…

Written by David Fabian, March 15th, 2017

Four years ago, we set out to build something special.  The founding of FMD Capital Management became not only a professional achievement, but also the start of a journey to find a better way to manage money.

This week marks the fourth anniversary of our firm’s origin.  We started this company with the commitment to work harder than other investment advisors.  To be advocates for our client’s best interests and to share our knowledge in real-time.  It’s with great pride that we continue that same bedrock promise to this day. Read more