During our recent client event presentation at the Minnesota History Center, we discussed the importance of asking good questions. In a world in which most of us carry around small computers in our pockets that are capable of tapping into a seemingly infinite pool of data and information that is the internet, the value of the answers we find corresponds directly with the quality of the questions we ask. When exploring answers for many commonly asked financial questions, the risk that one faces ... [Continue Reading]
Updates and articles on timely topics from the Investment Team.
The adoption, delaying, and reconsidering of the Department of Labor’s Fiduciary Rule has been a recent hot topic in the financial services industry. Much discussion and controversy has been swirling about whether the Rule would be adopted in its original form, modified in some way, or completely scrapped. As most of you know, CCM is firmly grounded in the fiduciary standard of care. If you missed Greg Carlson’s recent article on this topic, I encourage you to read, “What the Fiduciary Rule ... [Continue Reading]
TRIVIA TIME: how many stocks make up the Wilshire 5000 Total Market Index (a widely used benchmark for the U.S. equity market)? While the logical guess might be 5,000, the reality is that as of December 31, 2016, the index actually included around 3,600 companies. In fact, the last time this index contained 5,000 or more companies was at the end of 2005.1 Surprisingly to most, this reduction in investable companies is nothing new. Over the past two decades, there has been a steep decline in ... [Continue Reading]
Throughout the years we’ve come to appreciate the different perspectives held by firms and service providers within the financial services industry that vary from ours at CCM. We believe that varying viewpoints lead to meaningful conversations that ultimately produce better advice, products and service for our clients. This point is timely this week, as a recent Wall Street Journal story, “DFA Funds Are Booming, but That Adviser Fee Matters,” rightly highlighted the benchmark beating performance ... [Continue Reading]
As the new year begins, one of the most common questions I’m asked in my role at the firm is, “What do you think about 2016? Was it a good year?” In this context, the question typically refers to the year from an investing perspective. However, assigning a letter grade or a broad ranking to the span of a year doesn’t necessarily align with the depth of our experience and how the world’s events impact our lives. Categorizing a year as exclusively good or bad can overlook the complexity of events ... [Continue Reading]