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November 5, 2018

You would readily engage a variety of professionals throughout your adult life….. think of an RIA Financial Advisor as your coach for your healthy financial future.   Ask yourself these 5 critical questions……

Do my investments reflect my goals ?

How risky is my current investment portfolio?

How much cash do I need readily available?

Are my long term savi...

April 10, 2017

Our CIO and fixed income guru was quoted in Barrons over the weekend talking about the benefits of investing in high yield municipal bonds.  Article below:

The Case for High-Yield Municipal Bond Funds

They’re lower-risk than their corporate counterparts, and their tax advantages now look more secure.

By  AMEY STONE

Investors in search of better yields—but who...

April 3, 2017

There are over 9,500 mutual funds, 1,500 ETFs and 500 closed-ends funds available for U.S. investors to choose from.  These vehicles cut across numerous asset classes – equities, fixed income, commodities – and across both broad market exposure (ie S&P 500) to very narrow strategies (from Cyber Security to the Peru stock market.)  Many of these strategies...

February 25, 2017

It would seem pretty well established that the Financial services industry is a people-intensive business, particularly in investment advisory.  When you look at potentially hiring someone to guide you on life’s financial journey, it’s the people – their knowledge, experience and ethical standing – that forms the basis as to their suitability. After all,...

February 16, 2017

Our resident bond guru and CIO, Rick Daskin, offers his thoughts on the role of the credit rating agencies in an article published in ThinkAdvisor.  The article can be found here.  A copy of the article is below:

Credit Ratings: 3 Mistakes Investors Make

Rating agencies have come under fire ever since the financial crisis of 2008-'09. In fact, rec...

December 3, 2016

Amey Stone in Barron's talks about the opportunities in fixed income closed-end funds and quotes Rick on some specific ideas:

"Investors wringing their hands over higher interest rates might put that energy to better use by researching which closed-end funds to buy.

That may sound Pollyannaish as rates rise, causing punishing losses in bonds—$1.7 trillion g...

October 22, 2016

Amey Stone in Barron's writes:

"Many investors who exited energy-focused master limited partnerships earlier this year as oil prices crashed and MLP prices fell even harder, have struggled with when—and if—to get back in. The sector rebounded sharply off its February lows, but since June, gains have stalled as investors judged the easy money had been made...

July 16, 2016

Amey Stone of Barron's talks to Rick about insured muni  bonds and the extra due diligence needed with these types of securities:

"Buying insured bonds of weak credits requires extra legwork, says financial advisor Richard Daskin of RSD Advisors. Investors need to assess the underlying bond and the ability of the insurance company to pay if the issuer defa...

April 2, 2016

Our in house energy guru was invited to be part of Barron's latest Energy Roundtable.  Rick offered his thoughts on oil prices (heading up) as well as the current downturn in MLPs (oversold).  Original article is here (sub. required):

http://www.barrons.com/articles/four-experts-offer-picks-to-profit-as-oil-rebounds-1459570646

November 10, 2015

Rick recently presented his views on MLPs at the Energy Interdependence in the Western Hemisphere conference in Philadelphia.  The presentation can be found here:


https://www.interdependence.org/resources/richard-daskin-mlps-and-other-financial-instruments/#

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