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Where Did All My Money Go?

April 25, 2023 by Heidi Ellingson, Executive Assistant | Marketing Coordinator I think we’ve all asked that of ourselves. If you’re like most people, you think of making a budget as a way to force us to control our spending (and ourselves). In all reality, it can help you see the light at the end

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Higher Interest Rates Are a Good Thing

February 3, 2023 by David Maddux, CEO | CIO We sent the following note to clients on January 25th. My note this time last year was “This Is Not Normal,” in which I shared a variety of anecdotes that the environment had gotten frothy and complacent with abnormal risky behavior.  The shine has come off

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Tax Loss Harvesting

January 30, 2023 by Barry Brindise, Financial Planning Director, Brightwater Advisory Tax Loss Harvesting When it comes to investing in any type of asset, experiencing losses can be very frustrating.  However, there is an investing strategy called, “Tax Loss Harvesting” or “Tax Loss Selling,” which can be used to take those losses and use them

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Yield to Maturity Summary

January 30, 2023 by Barry Brindise, Financial Planning Director, Brightwater Advisory Yield to Maturity (YTM) and How to Think About Fixed Income Returns At Brightwater Advisory, our process invests client resources in a diversified portfolio of assets.  Depending on each client’s needs, an investment plan will reflect an allocation between growth assets like stocks and

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Roth Conversions in Retirement Planning

November 8, 2022 by Barry Brindise, Financial Planning Director, Brightwater Advisory Roth Conversions in Retirement Planning Retirement accounts come in many shapes. Beyond plans offered by employers to their employees, the ”Traditional Individual Retirement Arrangement” (Traditional IRA) is a very popular savings tool for workers with earned income. For those without an employer plan, the

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The pros and cons of Series I savings bonds

September 20. 2022 by Barry Brindise, Financial Planning Director, Brightwater Advisory Series I-bonds: The Good: Series I bonds are an alternative to TIPS that are worth consideration when seeking a higher rate of return than, for example, short term treasuries, etc. There are two components to the bonds rate of return, the “fixed piece” has

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Perspective

June 28, 2022 We sent the following note to clients on June 17th. Stocks* are down since the beginning of the year (another 6% since my note in early May to put their decline from their peak at 23%, which is the average selloff for US stocks over time in non-recessionary environments, Ned Davis Research),

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Indigestion

  May 25, 2022 We sent the following note to clients on May 9th. The mood around stocks throughout 2021 seemed to be “comfortable” and seems to have shifted to a mixture between “nervous” and “hopeful.”  Whether we need to go through a “desperation” phase or not remains to be seen. The two main pieces

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This is Not Normal

January 24, 2022   I hope this letter finds you well.  As I write to you, I am reflecting on how dramatically the world seems to have changed in just the first three weeks of 2022.  Conversations seem to have shifted away from Covid and are centering more now on the increased prices we are

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Crypto Considerations

by Barry Brindise, Financial Planning Director, Brightwater Advisory If you have been watching the news recently, you have heard the words, “Bitcoin”, “Blockchain”, and “Crypto Currency”.  As a result, we wanted to share the following information with our clients to help answer questions you may have about these investment vehicles and their growing popularity. What

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Where Did All My Money Go?

April 25, 2023 by Heidi Ellingson, Executive Assistant | Marketing Coordinator I think we’ve all asked that of ourselves. If you’re like most people, you think of making a budget as a way to force us to control our spending (and ourselves). In all reality, it can help you see the light at the end of the tunnel and bring you peace of mind. It could also help get you out of debt… or keep you from getting there in the

Read More »

Higher Interest Rates Are a Good Thing

February 3, 2023 by David Maddux, CEO | CIO We sent the following note to clients on January 25th. My note this time last year was “This Is Not Normal,” in which I shared a variety of anecdotes that the environment had gotten frothy and complacent with abnormal risky behavior.  The shine has come off quicker than I would have thought, as nosebleed territory priced stocks have cascaded lower.  For example, the largest 100 Nasdaq stocks were down -32% for 2022

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Tax Loss Harvesting

January 30, 2023 by Barry Brindise, Financial Planning Director, Brightwater Advisory Tax Loss Harvesting When it comes to investing in any type of asset, experiencing losses can be very frustrating.  However, there is an investing strategy called, “Tax Loss Harvesting” or “Tax Loss Selling,” which can be used to take those losses and use them to offset other gains in your portfolio and thus reduce your overall tax liability (all while maintaining the target asset allocation).  Tax Loss Harvesting can also

Read More »

Yield to Maturity Summary

January 30, 2023 by Barry Brindise, Financial Planning Director, Brightwater Advisory Yield to Maturity (YTM) and How to Think About Fixed Income Returns At Brightwater Advisory, our process invests client resources in a diversified portfolio of assets.  Depending on each client’s needs, an investment plan will reflect an allocation between growth assets like stocks and exchange traded funds and fixed income instruments like bonds and CDs.  This summary focuses on the fixed income side of the portfolio and describes how investment

Read More »

Roth Conversions in Retirement Planning

November 8, 2022 by Barry Brindise, Financial Planning Director, Brightwater Advisory Roth Conversions in Retirement Planning Retirement accounts come in many shapes. Beyond plans offered by employers to their employees, the ”Traditional Individual Retirement Arrangement” (Traditional IRA) is a very popular savings tool for workers with earned income. For those without an employer plan, the Traditional IRA may be their primary retirement savings tool. These plans were established by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). In order to

Read More »

The pros and cons of Series I savings bonds

September 20. 2022 by Barry Brindise, Financial Planning Director, Brightwater Advisory Series I-bonds: The Good: Series I bonds are an alternative to TIPS that are worth consideration when seeking a higher rate of return than, for example, short term treasuries, etc. There are two components to the bonds rate of return, the “fixed piece” has recently been 0% (still 0% at 6/28/22) and then the “semi-annual inflation component” comes on top of that each year in May and November. The current

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Perspective

June 28, 2022 We sent the following note to clients on June 17th. Stocks* are down since the beginning of the year (another 6% since my note in early May to put their decline from their peak at 23%, which is the average selloff for US stocks over time in non-recessionary environments, Ned Davis Research), but the primary market news is that interest rates are up substantially.  Interest rates are still low by historical standards, but in October a 5-year US

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Indigestion

  May 25, 2022 We sent the following note to clients on May 9th. The mood around stocks throughout 2021 seemed to be “comfortable” and seems to have shifted to a mixture between “nervous” and “hopeful.”  Whether we need to go through a “desperation” phase or not remains to be seen. The two main pieces that seem to be affecting the mood are Ukraine and declining stock prices.  It is the combination of the two that can make it easy to

Read More »

This is Not Normal

January 24, 2022   I hope this letter finds you well.  As I write to you, I am reflecting on how dramatically the world seems to have changed in just the first three weeks of 2022.  Conversations seem to have shifted away from Covid and are centering more now on the increased prices we are paying at the store and gas pump and whether or not Russia will invade Eastern Europe.  Thankfully, the Omicron variant seems to be less virulent but

Read More »

Crypto Considerations

by Barry Brindise, Financial Planning Director, Brightwater Advisory If you have been watching the news recently, you have heard the words, “Bitcoin”, “Blockchain”, and “Crypto Currency”.  As a result, we wanted to share the following information with our clients to help answer questions you may have about these investment vehicles and their growing popularity. What is crypto currency? Most “Crypto currencies” rely upon a technology called blockchain.  Blockchain is a decentralized technology that utilizes multiple networks to manage and record digital

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