The Economy Can Only Grow So Fast

Written by Andy Pratt, CFA on .

Today, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released its monthly “Employment Report” that showed the U.S. added jobs for the 86th consecutive month and unemployment remained in the range of full employment at 4.1%.  While the recovery out of the Great Recession was slow, we are currently beyond the recovery phase and into the expansion phase. Just this past month, the economy finally hit a major milestone, reaching its potential growth rate after an output gap that lasted for nine years.

Economists measure the economic health of a country through a measure of economic growth called GDP. In advanced economies like the U.S. where the total level of GDP per capita is already high, potential GDP growth is limited compared to developing countries where productivity gains through better technology and infrastructure are still being implemented.  The CBO estimates potential GDP, revising estimates as new information about the labor force and productivity become available. Long-term, this growth rate is estimated at 1.8%.

November Size and Style Update

Written by Alex Shen, CFA and Andy Pratt, CFA on .

Value stocks turned back in favor in November as the Senate passed a tax bill proposing lower corporate taxes and more favorable tax treatment to income earned abroad. Companies in Value oriented sectors, like Consumer Staples and Financials, tend to pay higher tax rates than companies in Growth oriented sectors, like Information Technology, and, as a result, stand to benefit most from corporate tax reform. Despite this, Growth stocks have still outperformed year-to-date and remain the long-term trend.

InvestmentNews names the financial advice industry's 2017 “Best Practices”

Written by Burney Company on .

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October 17, 2017, Boston, Mass. – InvestmentNews today named The Burney Company (Burney Company Investment Management) a winner of the 2017 Best Practices Awards, an important initiative that recognizes the top-performing and most innovative firms in the financial advice industry.

The winners of the InvestmentNews Best Practices Awards were identified through their participation in the 2017 Adviser Compensation & Staffing and the 2017 Adviser Technology Study. The winning firms were officially recognized today at InvestmentNews’ Best Practices Award and Workshop, which was hosted at The Colonnade Hotel in Boston.

"The Best Practices winners are some of the most strategic and successful firms in the advice business," said Mark Bruno, associate publisher at InvestmentNews and head of InvestmentNews Research. "Their leaders have a clear plan and vision for growing their firms and managing elite organizations. Acknowledging their accomplishments and telling their stories will help educate, inform and influence the growth of the overall industry.”

To identify the 2017 Best Practices Award winners, InvestmentNews Research created composite scores that examined several key metrics from its core benchmarking studies – including a firm’s rate of growth, profitability and productivity level. The data was obtained from over 700 independent advisory firms that participated in the 2017 Adviser Compensation & Staffing Study and the 2017 Adviser Technology Study. The “Best Practices” were those who ranked among the top-quartile of all participants; in addition, the final firms were selected after qualitative interviews conducted by the InvestmentNews Best Practices Committee.

September Market Update

Written by Andy Pratt, CFA on .

In what has been a year dominated by large tech stocks – Apple, Google, Amazon, etc. – September was a good month for Size and Style underdogs as Small-cap stocks outperformed Large-caps and Value stocks held the edge over Growth stocks. Earlier we noted how stocks were not participating in this year’s stock rally evenly and, while this is still true to some extent – even after this month, Value stocks have only returned half of what Growth returned – the gap between smaller and larger companies shrunk significantly.

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Quick Links on the GOP's Tax Reform Proposal

Written by Andy Pratt, CFA on .

The long awaited and long promised Tax Reform bill was finally introduced yesterday by leaders of the GOP. While it is light on specifics, there are several broad concepts proposed that, if passed, would have implications for many.  Due to likely opposition from Democrats and deficit hawk Republicans alike, in addition to challenges keeping projected tax cuts below $1.5 trillion over the next 10 years as required by Congress’s Reconciliation Process, any bill that passes will likely look different from this proposal.

Still, it is good to understand what this bill is and isn’t and how it might affect you and your investments.

Below are quick links to help: