The Most Successful Investments Have Two Things in Common

The other day I came across an article that struck me in such a profound way, I thought it would be meaningful to share with those who happen to visit our website on occasion. It’s a tale about big life-altering gains that can materialize if you are patient. The writing here is spectacular and I thank the good people at the Daily Reckoning site for sharing with us. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

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Randy Kratz Joins Corda

As a Certified Financial Planner®, Randy has been designing financial plans for clients for over 21 years and owned an independent financial planning firm before joining CORDA. His financial planning skills tethered with CORDA’s investment management can provide a powerful combination to help clients pursue their financial goals and dreams.

In addition to his fondness for financial planning, Randy developed an interest in specialty crops over the years and presently owns a small farm in southern Kentucky where he grows hops and is experimenting with hϋgelkultur gardens. We are delighted to have his rich background here at Corda.

Opportunities

Columbia Graduate School of Business professor Joel Greenblatt makes a key point:

“Prices fluctuate more than values—so therein lies opportunity. Why do the prices fluctuate so widely when values can’t possibly? I will tell you the answer I have come up with: The answer is I don’t know and I don’t care. We could waste a lot of time about psychology but it always happens and it continues to happen. I just want to take advantage of it. We could sit there and figure it all out, but I like to keep it simple. It happens; it continues to happen; the opportunities are there.”

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Low Interest Rates – Refinance?

If you own a home you may consider refinancing your mortgage:

The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage followed Treasury yields lower, falling 7 basis points to 3.41% this week, according to Freddie Mac. Last week the fixed-rate averaged 3.48%, and a year ago it was at 4.04%. “Continuing fallout from the Brexit vote drove Treasury yields lower again this week,” said Sean Becketti, chief economist at Freddie Mac.

So if you’ve been considering a mortgage refinance, now’s the time.

Homeowners who have rate higher than 4.5% on a 30-year mortgage (those 4.5% loans were common up to 2011, says Gumbinger) would benefit from refinancing if they have excellent credit.

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We Always Have

If you are a “planning geek” such as myself, you have probably been reading the latest news about the Department of Labor’s new rule regarding giving advice on retirement assets.

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CORDA New Team Member!

CORDA is pleased to announce Dustin Slater has joined the team. Dustin is a 2004 graduate of the University of Texas and earned an MBA at the Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University in 2012.

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Typical length of a bear market

We recently spotted a very good piece on the typical length of a bear market. Mark Hulbert wrote a very descriptive article in the Wall Street Journal earlier this week – http://www.wsj.com/articles/bear-markets-can-be-shorter-than-you-think-1457321010 – where he shared research showing the typical bear market recovery happens on average, in 3.1 years. That means it only takes ~3 years for stocks to recover to where they were before the bear market started in the first place.

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Back to the 80’s with Cheap Gasoline

Joanna and I were on the golf course this weekend talking about how much we pay for gasoline these days. Exciting life we live. I had mentioned I recently saw regular unleaded at $1.27.  I further mentioned seeing gasoline prices hit under 1 dollar back when I was in high school in the mid to late 80’s and how adults said “You will never see this again”. As it turns out, gasoline prices spent most of the next 15 years fluctuating between $1.20 and $1.50.

Super Bowl 50

With Super Bowl 50 approaching, this weekend is arguably the greatest sporting event in the world. Even the most casual of sports fan typically tune in. So much ‘noise’ around the game; who is playing the halftime show? Who will score first? Who will Cam give the ball too? Maybe that conversation turns to “what does so-in-so make?”