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Lost at Sea

By George M. Smith In 1992 Frank Michael (Mike) Plant was lost at sea while making a solo trek across the Atlantic Ocean from New York harbor to Les Sables d’Olonne, France.  By all accounts he was an accomplished sailor … Continue reading >

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Lessons for the Next Crisis

This article from Dimensional addresses the benefits of being invested for the long term over the short term. It’s essential that investors have a plan before investing so that they stay the course during all market cycles, especially downturns. Lessons … Continue reading >

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Does Volatility Really Matter?

by George M. Smith As the market is hovering around all-time highs there has been increasing commentary on volatility. Simply put, volatility measures the degree of peaks and valleys a stock, bond or other investment experiences. Naturally, high volatility results … Continue reading >

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Quit Monkeying Around!

In the world of investment management there is an oft-discussed idea that blindfolded monkeys throwing darts at pages of stock listings can select portfolios that will do just as well, if not better, than both the market and the average … Continue reading >

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Can Your Portfolio Survive the Fire?

by George M. Smith During a recent trip to Chicago I took advantage of some free time from a conference to take in some of the local sites which included the Chicago Water Tower.  If you’ve never seen it the … Continue reading >

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Quarterly Market Review (Q2-2017)

Please see the slides linked below featuring world capital market performance and a timeline of events for the past quarter. It begins with a global overview, then features the returns of stock and bond asset classes in the US and international … Continue reading >

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FEE-ONLY, FIDUCIARY-Y’ALL AIN’T FROM AROUND HERE

By René Bruer “Y’all ain’t from around here” is a colloquialism you hear in the South when you first move here. After leaving the Marine Corps in 2001, my wife Beth and I moved to Tallahassee from California. The California … Continue reading >

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When Rates Go Up, Do Stocks Go Down?

June 27, 2017 Should stock investors worry about changes in interest rates? Research shows that, like stock prices, changes in interest rates and bond prices are largely unpredictable.[1] It follows that an investment strategy based upon attempting to exploit these … Continue reading >

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Congrats to our own Steve Hiraga

We are proud to announce that Smith Bruer Advisors’ very own Steve Hiraga was recently recognized as the Coach of the Year for Special Olympics Florida – Leon County at the organization’s annual awards gala. Steve has volunteered as an … Continue reading >

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Don’t Bite on Fake News

By George Smith We have heard much about fake news over the last year – as if it was a brand new concept. In fact, I am confident that “creative agenda-based story telling” has been around much longer than twelve … Continue reading >

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