November 24, 2022

Some things change. This never does.

So much is happening in the markets, in the economy, in the world. As a financial advisor, even as more things change, they really just remain the same. We ask questions. We listen. We ask more questions. We listen more. We go deeper. We look our prospects, friends, and clients in the eye, telling them that we’re here to help, acknowledging what’s most important. And then, we get to work, implementing solutions that give them a clear path to reaching those goals. Times change, and so do the words we use, but the sentiment never falters. In 1995, it was, […]
November 17, 2022

How much is enough?

How much is enough? I got together with a client and friend for lunch yesterday. He shared his most recent successes. Mike is someone who I like and respect. He started his company out of his garage at only 18 years old before heading off to Vanderbilt for college. Over the first 15 years of his company’s operation, he took only $1 million dollars total out of the business – but quickly put it all back in. Then, four years ago, private equity came in. BOOM! His 40 percent stake was worth $30 million. And just two weeks ago, Boom! It […]
November 10, 2022

Friday Thoughts: Ten years of choices, and this one stands out

Last week, we celebrated the ten-year anniversary of our firm. (Although our actual anniversary is November 30th.) What made last week so special was not just celebrating the firm’s success over these ten years (or 3,650 days – but who’s counting?!). More than that, it was such a golden occasion because I got to see all of our people together. From near and far, they traveled in from all over the country just for the momentous event. Friends and peers acknowledged our success with thoughtfully written notes, gift baskets, and more than a few bottles of wine. As busy as I […]
November 3, 2022

As my firm turns ten years old, here’s what I’ve learned.

In 2010, I decided that the firm where I worked, where I’d started and spent my entire career, was no longer a fit. It was a decision I did not take lightly. I also had NO idea what to do about it or where I wanted to go. But what I did know was: I was not afraid of a fight. I wanted to work hard. Feeling like I was growing was important. Entrepreneurship was definitely for me. I believed in myself, And also believed in teamwork and partnerships. Deep down, I knew I could do more and be more. […]
November 1, 2022

October 2022 Market & Economic Recap

Stock market recap The markets made a comeback in October, snapping two months of losses for all major indexes. For the month, the three major indexes performed as follows: Dow Jones Industrial Average +13.96% S&P 500 +7.99% Nasdaq Composite +3.90% For the Dow, it was the best month for returns since 1976. The next two weeks will be pivotal to see how the markets respond going forward. A Fed meeting that’s surely to see another big rate hike (Nov. 1-2), the CPI (inflation) report (Nov 10), jobs/unemployment report (Nov. 4), and even midterm elections (Nov. 8) all will be closely […]
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