Market Outlook April 2018

Market Outlook April 2018

Market Outlook April 2018 After a record high 2017, the volatility has finally returned. Last year the market experienced one of the highest risk-adjusted performances in the recent history. In 2017 there were only 10 trading where the S&P 500 moved by more than 1% in either direction, with not a single trading day when Read more »

Market Outlook December 2017

Market Outlook December 2017

Market Outlook December 2017 As we approach 2018, it‘s time to reconcile the past 365 days of 2017. We are sending off a very exciting and tempestuous year. The stock market is at an all-time high. Volatility is at a record low. Consumer spending and confidence have passed pre-recession levels. I would like to wish Read more »

The Rise of Momentum Investing

The Rise of Momentum Investing

The Rise of Momentum Investing While the momentum theory has been around for two decades, we had to wait until 2017 to see the rise of momentum investing. The largest momentum ETF (MTUM) is up 35% YTD. And unless something dramatic happens in the remaining few weeks, momentum will crush all major market-cap weighted indices Read more »

6 Saving & Investment Practices All Business Owners Should Follow

6 Saving & Investment Practices All Business Owners Should Follow

In my practice, I often meet with small business owners who have the entire life savings and family fortune tied up to their company. For many of them, their business is the only way out to retirement. With this post, I would like to offer 6 saving & investment practices all business owners should follow. Having Read more »

End of Summer Market Review

End of Summer Market Review Happy Labor Day! Our hearts are with the people of Texas! I wish them to remain strong and resilient against the catastrophic damages of Hurricane Harvey. As someone who experienced Sandy, I can emphasize with their struggles and hope for a swift recovery.   I know that this newsletter has Read more »

8 reasons why entrepreneurs should open a solo 401k plan

8 reasons why entrepreneurs should open a solo 401k plan

The solo 401k plan is a powerful tool for entrepreneurs to save money for retirement and reduce their current tax bill. These plans are often ignored and overshadowed by the more popular corporate 401k and SEP IRA plans.  In fact, there is a lack of widely available public information about them. Simply put, not many Read more »

5 things you need to know about your Target Retirement Fund

5 things you need to know about your Target Retirement Fund

Target Retirement Funds have become a popular investment option in many workplace retirement plans such as 401k, 403b and SEP IRA. They offer a relatively simple way to invest your retirement savings as their investment approach is based on the individual target retirement dates. In this port I will discuss the 5 things you need Read more »

Will Small Caps continue to rally under Trump Presidency?

Small Cap stocks are a long-time favorite of many individual investors and portfolio manager. The asset class jumped 38% since the last election. Will Small Caps continue to rally under Trump Presidency? Can they maintain their momentum? The new president Trump started with promises for domestic business growth, lower taxes, and deregulation. While details are still Read more »

Municipal Bond Investing

Municipal Bond Investing

What is a Municipal Bond? Municipal bond investing is a popular income choice for many American.  The muni bonds are debt securities issued by municipal authorities like States, Counties, Cities and their related companies. Municipal bonds or “munis” are issued to fund general activities or capital projects like building schools, roads, hospitals and sewer systems. Read more »

Employee stock options. Part II – Incentive Stock Options

Employee stock options

Incentive Stock Options In the first part of this topic, I discussed the investment and tax treatment of Non-Qualified Stock Options.  In the second part, we will dive into the specifics of Incentive Stock Options. Giving Incentive stock options (ISO) is another way for companies to reward and retain their employees. ISO have more favorable Read more »

Employee stock options. Part I – Non-qualified Stock Options

Employee stock options

What are the Employee Stock Options Employee Stock Options (ESO) are a favorite tool by employers to reward and retain workers. ESO is a contract between the employee and the employer giving the employee the right but not the obligation to purchase company stocks at a pre-determined price in a particular period. ESO are similar Read more »

Investing in MLPs – Risks and benefits

Investing in MLPs

What is an MLP? Managed Limited Partnerships (MLPs) have grown in popularity in the past several years. Many U.S. energy firms have reorganized their slow-growing, but stable cash flow businesses, such as pipelines and storage terminals, into MLPs. MLPs are very attractive for income-seeking investors. They must pass at least 90% of their income to Read more »