“Artificial Intelligence (AI)”, there, we said it. Now to be clear, nothing in this 2nd Quarter Investment Update was generated using ChatGPT or any other Large Language Model (LLM), although we did consult a few. Another Quarter of Positive Stock Market Returns Stocks continued their impressive rebound...

The news of the failure of Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) and accompanying turmoil in the banking sector is worthy of a brief note of explanation and perspective. There will be more that we will know and address in our upcoming quarterly correspondence. Aside from the specifics that...

In a year that finished none too soon for most investors, stocks and bonds managed to wind up 2022 on a positive quarter. While not much consolation to most investors, the markets absorbed a sea change of disruptive news this year. Many of the speculative...

Worries about inflation, rising interest rates, and a contracting economy became more acute as the third quarter came to a dispirited end.  Rising bond yields stoked by the Fed’s recommitment to bring down inflation weighed heavily on stock and bond prices.  Heightened aggression in Ukraine...

We are very pleased to announce that Philip Cole, CFA, has joined Meritage as a Senior Client Portfolio Manager.   Philip comes to us from Bank of America Private Bank, Kansas City, where he led a team of financial advisors in portfolio management and client service.  His...

Uncertainties around inflation, Fed tightening, and the resilience of the U.S. economy grew more worrisome in the second quarter, sparking a broad-based selloff in stocks and bonds. Coupled with the declines of the first quarter, all major indices have spilled over into bear market territory....

We are very pleased to announce the addition of two new professionals to our firm. MeLissa Trujillo joins us in a new role of Senior Portfolio Administrator. As an administrative member of the Investment Team, MeLissa supports our trading process, working closely with our full-time trader,...

We try not to overdo these special market notes, but the recent volatility and weakness in the market is clearly deserving of an update. Our intent is to provide some context to what is going on and share a few thoughts on how we all...

The gradual transition of the financial backdrop back to pre-pandemic conditions encountered new challenges in the first quarter, unnerving both stock and bond investors. At stake is an economy looking to maintain its upward trajectory, having already managed through multiple COVID waves, surprisingly tight labor...

Summary Market volatility has remained very high since our recent update in late January. We have seen additional evidence regarding the persistence of inflation and now the unfortunate incursion by Russia into Ukraine. We don’t try to sugar-coat the times when stock prices are in turmoil,...