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2022 Wrap Up and 2023 Outlook

2022 Wrap Up and 2023 Outlook

I have a feeling we are all  somewhat relieved to be putting 2022 behind us. Regardless of who your asset manager was, including the global brand names, 2022 was a very challenging year, testing long-held fundamental assumptions about asset allocation and money management. If you rely exclusively on past statistics, you can be optimistic about 2023 as, statistcally, almost always, a positive year follows a negative year regardless of macro considerations. The macro considerations are complex but lets hope that history does repeat itself.

October 2022- Market Commentary

October 2022- Market Commentary

I am writing to you quite humbled by the market events of 2022. Liquid portfolios (i.e. portfolios without Alternatives) for Q3 and YTD will be stark reminders to investors of the crazy days of 2008. We should take comfort that even from that period when the global financial system was at genuine risk of imploding, portfolios did recover and continued to make money.

July 2022- Market Commentary

July 2022- Market Commentary

Markets have been simply awful. The numbers presented below in the index table are exceptional, and we have not seen numbers like these since the Global Financial Crisis of 2008. I have included a few media headlines below to reemphasize this point. In addition, we are seeing that both high-quality bonds and stocks are showing significant negatives. 

This is a breakdown of a fundamental assumption of asset allocation. Typically, when stocks go down significantly, bonds go up. This year, so far, we have negatives in both. This is just one of the many challenges we  face managing money in 2022. Ukraine war, exceptional inflation, and Fed Policy make it extremely complicated to position a portfolio correctly.

May 2022- Market Commentary

May 2022- Market Commentary

By now, you have seen your Q1 reports;  you may have also seen that April added more pain. When both stock and bond indexes are negative, it is extremely difficult to make money. If there is one clear message I have, it is to be patient. The world certainly seems to be in a messy state and we need to be prepared for volatility for the forseable future. Hopefully some of that volatility will be up and not just down, as investors see good assets being oversold and will start buying again. I have compared our performance to relevant funds of our main big-name competitors (e.g., Blackrock, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs and others), and you should draw some comfort from the fact that our model performance is good, in some cases excellent, on a peer-review basis.

2021 Wrap Up and 2022 Outlook

2021 Wrap Up and 2022 Outlook

It boggles my mind that we have started the third year of living with Covid. Many of us expected it would be more like SARS or MERS and it would have disappeared after a few months. But as we have recently realized, the latest variant surge is another humbling reminder of how unpredictable this thing is. It's ironic that the only constant about Corona so far is that most of the expert predictions about the path of the virus have been wrong. If in March 2020 we knew that we would still be dealing with the virus over 2 years later, with variants, continued lockdowns, travel restrictions, and nearly 5.5m officially deceased, I believe it is safe to say the panic and market consequences would have been even greater.

Throughout the Corona period, we have taken the opportunity to host numerous webinars via Zoom and have found this to be a major positive development for clients.  Our upcoming webinars, in English and Hebrew, will take place on the evening of 11th and 12th of January, to summarize the year 2021 and discuss 2022 Key issues and Outlook. Links to register have been sent to you separately.

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