Putting Recent Market Volatility in Perspective

There’s no sugarcoating it, today was nasty. And this week for the global stock markets wasn’t any better. But the last several years have been relatively calm for the U.S. stock market. This bull market has gone 1,418 calendar days … Continue reading

The China Syndrome

“The China Syndrome” is an article written by Jim Parker, Vice President, DFA Australia Limited, for Dimensional Fund Advisors Outside the Flags column.

Q3 2014 Newsletter

Q3 2014 Newsletter from Financial Synergies Asset Management, Inc

Q1 2014 Newsletter

Our 1st quarter newsletter features articles by the whole team. Q1 2014 Newsletter from Financial Synergies Asset Management, Inc

The Market Takes a Breather in January

After a year like 2013 stocks deserve a little breather, and that’s exactly what they got in January.  Stocks (S&P 500) ended the month down -3.5%, while bonds (Barclays Aggregate Bond Index) posted a 1.5% gain.  Last year stocks were … Continue reading

Our 4th Quarter 2013 Newsletter

Q4 2013 Newsletter from Financial Synergies Wealth Advisors, Inc.

The Fund with the Odd Name

When first mentioned in client meetings, the Merger Fund sometimes elicits looks of confusion or curiosity from its name alone.  It doesn’t sound like the other names in your portfolio, and it doesn’t act like them either.  It’s considered an … Continue reading

Low for Longer: A More Active Approach to Fixed Income

“Low for Longer” is Blackrock’s investment theme heading in to 2014. The Low for Longer tag line is their way of expressing a forecast of tepid economic growth, easy monetary policy and, consequently, low interest rates. Investment catchphrases such as … Continue reading

Worst Case Scenarios

Negativity has permeated our society of late. Predictions of disastrous consequences from the federal debt ceiling impasse abound. Some pundits worry that inflation arising from dramatic increases in the monetary supply will surely diminish our future lifestyles. European sovereign debt … Continue reading

Is Now a Good Time to Start Investing?

“Is now a good time to start investing?”  It’s a simple question, but it’s almost impossible to answer because it requires a market prediction. Most people agree that trying to predict the market is impossible, but it’s human nature to … Continue reading