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Money Talk Quiz, May 2021

Test your knowledge on a sample of discussions that Landaas & Company advisors have had in recent Money Talk Podcasts. […]



Lessons from the quick sell-off of 2020

By Kyle Tetting
Remarkably, despite the pandemic now running more than a year, stocks continued to set new all-time highs in March 2021. Investors, now with a full year of returns under their belts, face an interesting time to be looking at account statements. One year after the bear market bottomed, the S&P 500 had gained nearly 75%. Of course, stripping out the sell-off that led to that bear market bottom isn’t exactly fair, but that’s just one of the problems with tying ourselves to overly simplistic views of our portfolio. Bring the starting point forward or back a few weeks, and things look drastically different. […]



Money Talk Quiz: Why did they say that?

To see if you’ve been paying attention, test your knowledge on a sample of what Landaas & Company advisors have addressed recently in Money Talk articles and during the weekly Money Talk Podcast. (Winners receive wisdom and bragging rights.) […]



Reasons for thanks, with a long road ahead

By Kyle Tetting
November has given us much to be thankful for. Though the exponential growth of positive coronavirus cases continues to weigh, news from Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca may finally be showing us the light at the end of the tunnel. While stocks had shown strength on the hope of this news, November brought more concrete signs that economic growth may follow a successful vaccine.



Allocation to optimize reward vs. risk

In a Money Talk Video from the 2020 Investment Outlook Seminar, Bob Landaas and Dave Sandstrom explain how investment mix is key to optimizing risk-adjusted returns. […]



Pessimism could send a contrary signal

By Kyle Tetting
Economists at Yale University’s decades-long confidence surveys ask investors what they believe the probability is of a “catastrophic stock market crash in the U.S. in the next six months.” Individual investors were as pessimistic as ever in August, according to survey data. The most recent report shows little improvement. […]



2020 Investment Outlook Seminar

Landaas & Company is delivering its annual client investment seminar online, with Bob Landaas and other investment advisors explaining global market trends and considerations for long-term investors.



Coming Soon: Investment Outlook Seminar

Each fall, hundreds of Landaas & Company clients and guests partake in free investment outlook seminars led by Bob Landaas and fellow advisors.

This fall is no exception …except that because of health concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Investment Outlook Seminar will be available online only.



Stocks offset fears of inflation over time

For years, Americans have harbored outsized fears of inflation. Not that concerns are unfounded. Like most variables that investors weigh, inflation cannot reliably be forecast. But it can be accounted for. “The best inflation protector is going to be stocks,” Steve Giles said in a recent Money Talk Podcast discussion with Brian Kilb and Kyle Tetting. […]



Separating politics from portfolios

By Joel Dresang
Economists from San Diego State University and the University of Kansas have studied the political partisan bias of mutual fund managers. What they found suggests investors are best served by separating their wallets from their ballots. […]



On Balance: The noise of summer

By Kyle Tetting
A future of lower returns is not encouraging, but it is important to remember that the impact will not be evenly distributed. Opportunities will exist in new stocks, new regions or entirely new ideas. Further, amid current uncertainty, there’s plenty of noise in forecasts.



Low expectations for Social Security raise

Fractional Social Security raises remind retirees of the importance of balanced investment portfolios. […]




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