It’s been nearly a year since the beginning of the pandemic, when the stock market saw extreme volatility during the shortest bear market in history. In February and March of 2020, the S&P 500 Index returned -19.57%, but since April 1, 2020, the S&P 500 Index has returned 49.79%*. And with that incredible rebound we have a fading memory of what volatility can do to a portfolio, which has made it increasingly difficult to maintain a diversified portfolio.


    While 2020 has been a year of many firsts, there are some things that never change, like letting our behavioral biases guide our investing decisions.

  • Forecasting Markets  

    With economic outlooks shifting for 2020 with some saying recession, and others expecting continued growth, investors may be coming back to the question of how to position portfolios given uncertainty. To help guide portfolio decision making, forecasting expected returns for the market depends on a belief that either this record-setting 10-year bull market will continue, or that we may see a change in markets over the next year. To illustrate the importance of changing up the bet, we have a few simple questions that can illuminate a path.

  • Investor FOMO  

    Even though the long-term goal of investors is often capital preservation, fear of missing out—or FOMO—is leading many to ask why alternatives are part of a portfolio when stocks and bonds are marching ever higher.

  • Masters of Long/Short Equity  

    Congratulations to Gary Woodland for winning his first major championship on Sunday. What he showed us on Sunday was nothing short of daring, confident and determined. It was clear from his first tee shot, that Gary was there to WIN, and nothing else was an option. He took a stance, planted his flag firmly in the ground and was committed to his belief in himself. Too often in the investment world, there’s a temptation to chase hot money and we are intimidated to take a stance and plant our flag in the ground.