Russia, Ukraine & A Profile of Financial Implications

The tragic events in Ukraine these past few weeks have demanded our close attention, and probably like many of you, we follow the news with heartbreak for the suffering of the Ukrainian people and admiration for their remarkable fortitude.  Obviously, we are keenly interested in the financial repercussions as well.  With President Biden following up […]

Protecting Against Unemployment Fraud

Today we shift the focus from markets and portfolios in order to highlight the importance of managing another form of risk that has proliferated recently: cyber-fraud risk.  During the pandemic over 1 million people in Washington State and 36 million people nationwide have filed for unemployment benefits, and the rapid influx of claims has overwhelmed […]

CARES Act Summary

Greetings, By now we’re sure that all of you have read about the historic $2.2 trillion stimulus package that was passed by Congress and signed by President Trump on March 31, 2020.  The CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act has broad, sweeping measures aimed at supporting our nation’s economy, companies and citizens.  The […]

Coronavirus II: Office Operations and Market Check-In

Greetings: The outbreak of the coronavirus known as COVID-19 hasn’t just required attention to financial market volatility; it has also required that we think about and adapt to the way we conduct business. Operations First, it is important for you to know that we are open and conducting business.  You may be aware that the […]

Coronavirus Market Perspectives

Greetings: The 12% drop in US stock prices (and somewhat less overseas) from the peak last week to yesterday’s close has probably grabbed your attention.  So, we’re writing to give you a summary of our perspective amid the heightened pitch of news. Steep declines from shocking developments are a known feature of investing as markets […]

Equifax and Internet Security

The latest massive data breach at Equifax demonstrates the need to be vigilant about keeping your accounts secure, something that we’ve advised about from time to time.  If you’ve already locked your credit, the Equifax breach, as disheartening as it seems, should be significantly less threatening than for those who are unprepared.  If you would […]