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Altrius Capital Blog

20 Feb 2018

Mano A Mano: Altrius vs. “Legendary Manager” Ken Fisher of Fisher Investments

Posted by James Russo

It is unfortunately difficult in the very noisy financial services sector to tell the difference from a broker working for a large bank, a financial services representative at your local bank, an insurance agent pitching financial advice via annuities or life insurance, online brokerage firms offering advice on a green chair, robo-advisors with model ETF platforms and accounting firms selling mutual funds. Some firms however are fee-only Registered Investment Advisors which provide wealth management services as a fiduciary for a fee without commissions thereby limiting many conflicts of interest.

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Topics: Investing, Long Term Investment

05 Feb 2018

"Now Is Always the Hardest Time to Invest"

Posted by James Russo

Today's 2%+ market sell-off has certainly unnerved some investors.  Like any market move in the short-term, it's important to take a deep breath and think about your long term goals as we assess our outlook and strategy.  So, has anything changed?

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Topics: Investing, Dividends, Long Term Investment

19 Sep 2016

Eating What We Cook

Posted by James Russo
At Altrius, we invest our company’s retirement plan assets side by side our clients owning the same stocks and bonds that our clients do.  In addition, I also invest all of my personal savings in the same 35 U.S. stocks, 40 international companies and approximately 100 bonds we own.  “Eating what we cook” is one of the many ways we align the interests of our clients with our own interests. 
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Topics: Investing, Wealth Management, Long Term Investment

12 Aug 2016

Government Conspiracy: Are Economic Numbers Cooked?

Posted by James Russo
This is a question raised by politicians and individuals alike both on the left and right of the political spectrum.  I actually like when I receive questions or assertions from clients and investors regarding the validity of economic numbers as I believe being  a skeptic and questioning data makes for sounder long-term investment decisions.  I’m certainly one myself, in addition to being a contrarian (a necessary trait for a value investor); however, though questioning economic numbers and their sources is important, it is also vital to look at all of the pieces of the economic puzzle in their entirety when developing an economic and investment outlook and strategy.
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Topics: Investing, Advice, Wealth Management, Long Term Investment

20 Jul 2016

Surprise! Bonds are Strongest Performer This Year

Posted by James Russo
 
Though defaults have been higher than average during the past two tumultuous years, our Unconstrained Fixed Income strategy has provided the greatest returns this year yielding over 16 ½% gains and soundly besting the approximate 10% and 3% returns for our U.S. and International stocks through July 18th.
 
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Topics: Investing, Wealth Management, Long Term Investment