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Weekly Articles by Osbon Capital Management:

Planning Steps for the Fourth Quarter of 2019

Sep 24, 2019 - Max Osbon ( 5 mins to read)

The fourth quarter of the investment year starts next week. This is a convenient time to either validate your progress to date or get back up to speed before the close of 2019. Taxes, trust and estates, life insurance, debt, expenses and cash management are worth taking a look into. Here are some steps to guide you to make sure that your investment house is in order. Check in on your tax-relat...

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The Fiduciary Care Checklist

May 15, 2019 - Max Osbon ( 6 mins to read)

Last week’s Beyond Meat IPO was stellar as the Uber IPO was about to arrive. Then Uber flopped big time. And new tariffs with China sent markets straight down. Events like these can make you wonder what steps you need to take, if any, and which information is practical and useful. Fiduciaries think about this every day. Here’s a checklist for fiduciary care of a portfolio. Classify every item ...

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5 Ways to Focus on Financial Quality of Life

Mar 26, 2019 - Max Osbon ( 4 mins to read)

It’s easy to reduce your financial world to numbers and dollar signs, but there’s much more to the story than that. Expanding your focus to your Financial Quality of Life lets you approach financial information and decisions with a better understanding of your true opportunities and what they mean for you and your family. Here are five ways to give qualitative elements of wealth the attention t...

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Restful Holidays To You and Yours

Dec 26, 2018 - John Osbon ( 1 minute to read)

By now Hannukah and Christmas are over, and the New Year has yet to arrive. Amidst the ebbs and flows of markets, business and life, this window of time presents a perfect opportunity to simply, relax. Yes, one of the hardest things to do is to relax and enjoy this time of year with loved ones.  At the same time, you can be grateful for all that you have - life, health, challenge, mystery, friends, companions and family. There will be plenty of time in the New Year to talk about investments i...

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If I’m Holding Cash, Where Should It Be?

Nov 14, 2018 - John Osbon ( 3 mins to read)

Intense market volatility over the last few months has been a good reminder that money needed in the next 3 to 24 months should not be in stocks. It should be in a safe, interest-generating investment. The first option that comes to mind is usually bank CDs with FDIC insurance. CDs, like many heavily marketed investment products, are often not the optimal choice. Here is what we are doing with cash today.

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The Perils of Pessimism

Jul 18, 2018 - John Osbon ( 4 mins to read)

In 2010 I got two client inquiries to create an "Armageddon Portfolio," a collection of assets that would hold its value come hell or high water. Recall that we had just pulled out of the financial crisis. Many expected a repeat. For some, pessimism was so high in 2010 there was no expectation for an increase in asset value; just maintaining value was plenty. What happened next?

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Inflation Today. Is it CPI or MyPI?

Jun 14, 2018 - Max Osbon ( 5 mins to read)

It’s easy to think of inflation as financial weather – something we must endure and can’t control. While it’s true we can’t individually control the prices that grocers, automakers and landlords charge, we can, and should, control what we spend. We’re all familiar with the Consumer Price Index, or CPI. It tracks the cost of groceries, rent, utilities and other goods and services most of us use. When the cost of men’s sweaters go up, so does the index.

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Trust and Estate Strategies

Boring or not, they’re worth your time

May 30, 2018 - Max Osbon ( 5 mins to read)

However unpleasant or dull the idea might seem, the trust and estate planning process is the true backbone of your family’s wealth. What happens after you’re no longer around to make family wealth decisions will either be based on your clearly documented instructions or the decisions of a judge. Shouldn’t you be the one to decide what happens? Here are some trust and estate items that should no...

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When the music stops

Are you prepared for negative surprises?

May 16, 2018 - Max Osbon ( 4 mins to read)

Markets hum along to their own beat and rhythm, until they don’t. From time to time, the music suddenly stops. It might be fears of a trade war that trigger a sudden silence and jarring price dislocations. It might be Korea, protests in Jerusalem, or bankruptcy fears in China. We typically get no advance warning, and never know how long the silence will last. But we do know this: at some point,...

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