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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Want to Know How Much We Make?

by Steve Haberstroh, Partner

Admit it: you’d love to know how much your neighbor, friend, or family member makes. Sites like glassdoor.com or payscale.com can give you a ballpark of what your recently promoted friend is earning. They list average pay for certain roles and titles at thousands of companies across the US. It’s a tricky equation, but the websites claim to have proprietary algorithms to optimize their estimates. Want to know how much we earn? No algorithm needed. Here is our fee schedule.

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Topic: Standards

 


Friday, October 06, 2017

The Dark Side of the Fiduciary Rule

by Steve Haberstroh, Partner

The Department of Labor has plans to implement the “Fiduciary Rule.” What does it mean, and how might it affect your investment portfolio?

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Topic: Standards

 


Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Warren Buffett Turns 87 Today

by Steve Haberstroh, Partner

The Oracle of Omaha turns 87 today—an impressive accomplishment for anyone. But all the more impressive that he still runs a “Fortune 5” (yes, that’s a five) company and does so with the energy and wit of a person half his age.

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Topic: Standards

 


Friday, May 12, 2017

Warren Buffett Responded

by Steve Haberstroh, Partner

Back in February, I wrote a piece in reaction to Warren Buffett’s discussion on hedge fund and investment management fees in his latest Annual Letter to Shareholders. The heart of my post was that yes, many hedge fund and investment managers are not worth the fees they charge, but much like how Buffett relies on his Co-Chairman Charlie Munger for financial advice, surely, the average investor can receive value when paying for financial advice and expertise. My final post ended, “So would Buffett be willing to pay his ‘advisor,’ Charlie Munger, 1% per year to help him manage large and impactful investment decisions? I’m willing to wager he’d say ‘yes.’”

Well, at the Berkshire Annual meeting this year, I won my wager ...

Read on: Warren Buffett Responded

Topic: Standards

 


Tuesday, May 02, 2017

My Father & I had Breakfast with Meg Whitman this Morning

by Steve Haberstroh, Partner

Sure, there were several hundred other people in the room having breakfast with her. But details people, details. I was fortunate to have been invited to a breakfast discussion featuring Meg Whitman this morning by a good friend of mine who is an Estate Planning Attorney at Day Pitney. Her firm was one of the sponsors for this fundraising event which benefits a great non-profit called Family Centers. The discussion at our intimate breakfast centered on Meg’s advice regarding leadership. She covered many aspects of her successful career and gave useful anecdotes and feedback on how to run a world-class organization, regardless of its size.

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Topic: Standards

 


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Advisor Alpha

by Steve Haberstroh, Partner

In our industry, “alpha” is generally defined as an investment fund’s excess return relative to the return of a specific benchmark or index. If an investment fund has a positive alpha, it performed better than a particular benchmark for a specific period of time. For the baseball buff out there, if the average Center Fielder bashed 20 home runs last year but I notched 25, then I generated a home run “alpha” of 5 last year. For the foodies out there, if the average person eats 2 slices of pizza per sitting and I normally eat 6, then ... well, you get the idea.

As you might imagine, it is very difficult to generate alpha consistently over a long period of time (my pizza intake notwithstanding). But alas, alpha exists!

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Topic: Standards

 


Tuesday, February 28, 2017

My Wager with Warren: A Reaction to Berkshire Hathaway’s 2016 Annual Letter to Shareholders

by Steve Haberstroh, Partner

It was another classic. Warren Buffett covered everything from colonoscopy prep to the limitations of GAAP accounting. He took me through a range of emotions. For the hour or so I spent with Buffett (figuratively of course), I experienced curiosity, surprise, frustration, reverence, bewilderment, laughter, and respect. The one thing I did not do was cry although it would not have been the first-time Buffett has made me cry. I challenge you to watch the newly released HBO documentary, Becoming Warren Buffett, and not shed a tear.  ...

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Topic: Standards

 

Has Your Wirehouse Broker Moved Recently?

by Steve Haberstroh, Partner

If so, ask her why?

A February 27, 2017 Bloomberg article entitled, Shrinking Bonuses Slow the Revolving Door of Wall Street Brokers, tells you what is behind many of these moves.

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Topic: Standards

 


Friday, February 19, 2016

My Painter Arrived Today with His Investment Account Statement

by Steve Haberstroh, Managing Director

If your portfolio is keeping you up a night, spend some time to review your holdings and rationalize why you own them. If you are having trouble doing this, please give us a call.

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Topic: Standards

 


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Rental Golf Clubs are Suitable

by Steve Haberstroh, Managing Director

Within our industry, there is much debate about the Fiduciary Standard and how it compares to the Suitability Standard. This debate has even reached the White House. But what is the difference between them, and how does it translate in a real-world scenario?

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Topic: Standards