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The pros and cons of Series I savings bonds

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%

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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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Spreading Out

We sent a letter to clients in January and I am sharing an edited version in which I would like to cover the following items in this note – Markets & Portfolios – added small companies; some core metrics Planning – “Donor Advised Fund” for strategic philanthropic giving and tax planning Further Reading Markets and

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Donor Advised Funds

We have had increasing questions and interest from clients for Donor Advised Funds and we continue to be intrigued with their possibilities in financial planning, tax planning, life planning and practicing generosity.  The following is an excerpt from our fourth quarter Brightwater Advisory Client Letter describing DAF’s and how they work: There are plenty of

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Four Truths of Investing – Client Letter

Life has been unnatural and shows no signs of lifting for the foreseeable future, at least in Florida.  I want to cover the following items in this letter – Four truths of investing Know thyself Certainty of technology Role of stocks What we at Brightwater have been doing Housekeeping Health My Morningstar Advisory Board meeting

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The pros and cons of Series I savings bonds

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 I-bonds rates of

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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

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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 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

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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 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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Spreading Out

We sent a letter to clients in January and I am sharing an edited version in which I would like to cover the following items in this note – Markets & Portfolios – added small companies; some core metrics Planning – “Donor Advised Fund” for strategic philanthropic giving and tax planning Further Reading Markets and Portfolios I learned a long time ago that there is always something to worry about in the stock market, but for a lot of reasons, it

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Donor Advised Funds

We have had increasing questions and interest from clients for Donor Advised Funds and we continue to be intrigued with their possibilities in financial planning, tax planning, life planning and practicing generosity.  The following is an excerpt from our fourth quarter Brightwater Advisory Client Letter describing DAF’s and how they work: There are plenty of ways to donate to charity and “Donor Advised Funds” are rapidly gaining in popularity as they have become much easier to administer.  Many custodians have created

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Four Truths of Investing – Client Letter

Life has been unnatural and shows no signs of lifting for the foreseeable future, at least in Florida.  I want to cover the following items in this letter – Four truths of investing Know thyself Certainty of technology Role of stocks What we at Brightwater have been doing Housekeeping Health My Morningstar Advisory Board meeting in Chicago scheduled for June was shifted to a “virtual” setting, like many events in our lives.  They presented one of their new financial planning tools

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