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Monday, 11 April 2022 07:38

Investors Flood into HSA’s

HSA’s crossed the $100 billion mark in January and Americans are heavily investing in these triple tax break accounts. There was also a spike in the total number of HSAs in 2021 as an annual increase of 8% opened accounts, and assets are also flowing in up almost 20% from the prior year. Investors use HSAs in combination with high deductible plans and were legally formed in 2003. The biggest reason for the spike in HSA growth is the tax advantages where there are no taxes on contributions, growth, and withdrawals if used on medical expenses. Investors can also pay out of pocket for expenses and reimburse themselves afterward, but almost 93% of HSAs aren’t invested in mutual funds or investments

Finsum: Investors should take advantage of the capabilities of mutual funds or ETFs in their HSA to maximize their ability. 

Published in Eq: Financials
Wednesday, 25 July 2018 10:13

Why Great Investors Don’t Diversify

(New York)

One of the big conundrums in markets is that while it is practically gospel to diversify into a wide range of securities and asset classes, some of the best and most famous investors do the exact opposite. As evidence, just consider the investing styles of Warren Buffett, George Soros, or Bernard Baruch. Forbes has published a piece examining this seeming disconnect, and provides some interesting insights. According to Buffett, “Diversification is a protection against ignorance … [It] makes very little sense for those who know what they’re doing”. Baruch adds, “It is unwise to spread one’s funds over too many different securities … Time and energy are required to keep abreast of the forces that may change the value of a security. While one can know all there is to know about a few issues, one cannot possibly know all one needs to know about a great many issues”.

FINSUM: Okay, a couple of points here. Firstly, those investors can afford the big losses that can occur with a concentrated portfolio. And secondly, since they invest for a living, they have the time to devote to deeply understanding each of their holdings. For the 99.99% of people not in that group, diversification has major benefits.

Published in Eq: Large Cap

(New York)

If you are nervous about markets, you aren’t alone, as tensions seem to be steadily building about the future of equities. While trade war and higher rates dog the market, there are some tangible manifestations of worry starting to appear. High net worth Americans are increasingly focusing only on short-term investments. Only 17% of US millionaires surveyed said they planned to add to their stock exposure over the next year.

FINSUM: Investors still seem to be reeling from February, which saw the fastest peak-to-trough correction since 1950. Couple that with the threat of higher rates and a tumultuous trade war and it is easy to see why everyone is nervous. On the other hand, corporate earnings continue to be strong.

Published in Eq: Large Cap

(New York)

In what comes as an interesting article, Bloomberg has published a piece arguing that instead of the status quo, asset managers should be paying investors for the chance to manage their money. The idea comes from Mercer, a top asset management consultant, and argues that to overcome the problems plaguing active management, investors should agree to pay out a fixed percentage return to investors over a certain timeframe, with the manager keeping any excess that is produced. “We keep getting told by managers that their value creation process tends to be longer than the typical horizon of an investor … This in turn leads to short-termism. Under the new model their investment time horizon can be aligned to their value creation process”.

FINSUM: This would be a total reconceptualization of the way the industry works. The big question is how the investor would get paid if the manager fails to meet the minimum payout. It sounds like third party insurers would have to take part. This is a very interesting proposition.

Published in Wealth Management
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