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Retirement planning matters

Tim Wells, AIF • Cincinnati, OH Retirement Matters • Sigma Financial Corporation Read full biography below Proactive Advisor Magazine: Tim, talk about the evolution of your investment philosophy. When I first entered the financial-services industry, I...

Why proactive money management makes sense for clients

When it comes to managing money, focus first on risk management, defending a portfolio from losses. This doesn’t mean being overly conservative—but a great offense without an equally great defense achieves little for clients in the long run. We all have...

Marketing realities for financial advisors

In a business where establishing trust is essential, it’s unwise to take shortcuts when communicating an advisory firm’s services and active approach to investment management. Consistent messaging and frequent points of contact are the keys to a...

Explaining the (mis)behavior of markets

Does fractal mathematics offer a better way to understand market risk? The traditional test of understanding how something works is to take it apart and then rebuild it. If the clock still keeps time afterward, there is a good likelihood that the...

How to take a financial punch

Like a heavyweight title fight, investment plans have a beginning, a middle, and an end. Do your clients’ plans have the dynamic risk-managed strategies and true diversification needed to take the financial punch that markets will inevitably deliver?...

The risks of bond ‘buy and hold’

Employing “true” diversification and a dynamic, actively managed portfolio approach may help advisors and their clients successfully navigate a lower-return market environment. As investors, many of us have traditionally been taught that bonds and other...

Advisors prefer active management

Several studies assess advisor attitudes around portfolio management and risk mitigation for clients—showing a continued preference for actively managed strategies. Editor’s note: This article first published in our magazine in October 2015, but...