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The Triumph Of Intangible Assets

Intangibles Play A Major Role In Today’s Economy

Sep 23, 2020 - John Osbon ( 6 mins to read)

Over the past 20 years, intangible assets have become the dominant factor in company valuations. Today approximately 85% of the valuation of the S&P 500 is defined by intangibles, while in 1975, that percentage was just 17%. Intangibles are notoriously difficult to value. Given their slippery nature and their power to generate returns, it’s worth paying attention to the qualities of intangibles...


Deferring Capital Gains With Qualified Opportunity Zones (QOZs)

The Challenges and Opportunities of QOZ Investing

Sep 9, 2020 - John Osbon ( 4 mins to read)

The U.S. Department of the Treasury Opportunity Zones, created by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in 2017, offers unique and creative tax opportunities for high net worth investors with capital gains. In exchange for investing in economically distressed areas, the IRS provides investors with substantial benefits that reduce, delay and avoid taxation. The right partner, the right location and the righ...


Securing Your Portfolio in a Complex World

Balancing Growth, Income and Uncertainty

Aug 26, 2020 - John Osbon ( 6 mins to read)

The traditional risk types of investors - conservative, moderate, or aggressive - were created by the investment industry for the investment industry. It was a way of merely categorizing investors so advisors could efficiently allocate money. These risk models were not created with the customer in mind and are often way off the mark in terms of actual risk. A better approach is to use liability...


Is Inflation Worry Justified?

Technology and Population Are Big Factors

Aug 12, 2020 - John Osbon ( 9 mins to read)

Investors today may be worried about inflation. There is little to no official CPI inflation now, and there has not been any for some time. Around the world, the story is similar because major central banks are coordinating with the Fed. Debt growth and money printing has been explosive this year, causing obvious concern. Let's look at the unstoppable trends that will likely keep inflation quie...


Four Months Until the Election

Balancing media, anxieties and patience

Jul 22, 2020 - John Osbon ( 6 mins to read)

We are now less than four months away from the Presidential election on Tuesday, November 3rd. Our nation's challenges with accelerated wealth inequality and climate change are larger than any single party's political agenda. Like the others, this one is likely to be decided quickly, which means we will know the results in the middle of the night.  In chaotic times, the regularity and predictab...


Risk On, Risk Off, or Risk Neutral

Where Do We Stand

Jul 15, 2020 - John Osbon ( 6 mins to read)

Earnings season began this week on Tuesday and will continue through August 9th. The peak day is Thursday, July 30th with 286 companies reporting. The next earnings season won't be until mid-October. Due to COVID, this quarter stands out as the most opaque, non-indicative earnings season ever. Risk on, risk off is no longer an adequate description for guiding investors during a pandemic. Here a...


A Message of Unity

Independence Day 2020

Jun 30, 2020 - John Osbon ( < 1 minute to read)

For this July 4th on Saturday we are sending out a picture of the various American Flags that have existed throughout the founding of our country. You can see how the stars and stripes have changed in number and design. These flags are a reminder that our country has changed a great deal in 244 years, and will continue to change as we progress forward. How many American flags have there been? 27 Since the founding of the United States in 1776, there have been 27 different versions of the...


Mid Year Temperature Check for Today

Looking Ahead to the 2nd Half of the Year

Jun 24, 2020 - John Osbon ( 7 mins to read)

We continue to get mixed news on the market, the economy and the pandemic. Growth stocks are hitting new highs. The US economy is bouncing off the bottom. The pandemic is under control in Massachusetts and out of control in Arizona, Florida, and Texas. What are investor options as we head into the second half of the year? Focus on growth Growth stocks are the clear winners and leaders during ...


Investing During Times of Unrest

The Investment Impact of Riots and Looting

Jun 10, 2020 - John Osbon ( 7 mins to read)

I first became aware of the riots, looting and cities on fire in the Sixties as a teenager in suburban New Jersey. It was very scary then, just as it is scary now. The cause of the unrest then was racial and financial, with an additional anti-war flavor due to Vietnam. I could not make any sense of the destruction. Clearly, going into any big city was a bad idea. Fifty plus years later the same...