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Cornerstone 2nd Quarter 2023 Commentary

“Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards.” – Soren Kierkegaard  “There are two kinds of people who lose money: those who know nothing and those who know everything.” – Henry Kaufman (German-American economist) to Robert…

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Cornerstone 1st Quarter 2023 Commentary

I sincerely believe with you, that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies, and that the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale. –…

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Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) Commentary

Readers who have followed the financial news over the past few days have seen headlines about the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank (SVB).  We wanted to provide a brief commentary about what happened and address investor concerns about the safety…

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How to Evaluate Investment Performance

Introduction Many organizations struggle with investment performance evaluation.  How can one determine if the investment program is doing well, or how does one even define “well”?  In this blog, we provide some ideas on how to evaluate investment performance from…

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Cornerstone 4th Quarter 2022 Commentary

As for it being different this time, it is different every time.  The question is in what way, and to what extent. Tom McClellan We are nowhere near a capitulation point because it’s at that point where it’s despair, not…

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What’s Going on With Bonds?

There’s no way to sugarcoat it.  We’re currently in the worst period for bonds in history.  As of October 31, the Bloomberg U.S. Aggregate is down 15.7% year-to-date.  The Bloomberg Global Aggregate is faring even worse, with a year-to-date decline…

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Cornerstone 3rd Quarter 2022 Commentary

Volatility is a symptom that people have no idea of the underlying value. Jeremy Grantham This quote from a man who nearly lost his firm during the bull market leading up to the 2000-2002 bear market is, in our humble…

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What is a Charitable Gift Annuity?

A charitable gift annuity is a planned gift that allows the donor to make a donation to charity, take a charitable deduction, and receive lifetime payments from the charity. For enterprising donors who want to give to their favorite charity…

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Cornerstone 2nd Quarter 2022 Commentary

Whoever watched the wind will not plant; whoever looks at the clouds will not reap. Ecclesiastes 11:4 Unfortunately, the war in Ukraine did not end, inflation did not dissipate, and Covid-19 has a new variant!  We suppose it follows that…

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