To Boldly Go…

By | May 22nd, 2018|Advisor Insights, News|

By William Davis   To Boldly Go… By definition, “frontier” capital markets drift somewhere along the far edge of the investment universe -- a veritable Kuiper belt of political instability, corruption, and underdeveloped financial systems. We’re told that Kazakhstan is not easily accessible. That Kuwait has a small number of liquid securities. [...]

LOSSAPALOOZA

By | May 8th, 2018|Advisor Insights, News|

By William Davis   There’s a lot that goes on in the investment industry we don’t get. Like, why did Wall Street outfits known for years as “brokerage firms” suddenly become “banks”? Or why do a bunch of Department of Labor bureaucrats think they know anything about giving investment advice? And the [...]

Too Big to Be Too Big

By | April 24th, 2018|Advisor Insights, News|

By William Davis   “A billion here, a billion there, pretty soon, you're talking real money.” We were reminded of the famous quote – long mis-attributed to Everett Dirksen – with yet another story about Wells Fargo and a ridiculously large regulatory fine, a cool billion dollars this time. Best we can [...]

Cash, It’s a Hit

By | April 10th, 2018|Advisor Insights, News|

By William Davis   Hard to believe, but it’s been nearly a decade since Lehman Brothers, at the time the fourth-largest investment bank in the U.S., filed for bankruptcy. You might recall that before the ink could dry on the paperwork, investment markets around the world had tanked, leading, ultimately, to the [...]

Flash Geeks

By | March 27th, 2018|Advisor Insights, News|

By William Davis   So, there’s a Wall Street project called ‘Go West’ that’s nearing completion. Intended to invoke the spirit of Horace Greely, the plan is to link Chicago, the Pacific coast, and Tokyo via a trail of wireless towers, fiber-optic lines, and submarine cables. Once done, Go West will [...]

Love Isn’t All You Need

By | March 13th, 2018|Advisor Insights, News|

By William Davis   There's nothing you can do that can't be done. Nothing you can sing that can't be sung. Nothing you can say, but you can learn how to play the game. It's easy. You’ll be forgiven for not knowing that the suggested gift for a nine-year anniversary these days [...]

Amazon Ain’t Just A River In Brazil

By | February 27th, 2018|Advisor Insights, News|

By William Davis Remember when Amazon.com only sold books? No? Well, then, here’s a quick refresher: Way back in 1994, a computer scientist named Jeff Bezos launched what is now the world’s fourth most valuable company as an online bookstore. Out of his garage, as legend goes. Originally called Cadabra, the little [...]

All-Region Portfolio Launch

By | February 16th, 2018|News, Press Release|

Heath, TX – February 16, 2018 – Fund Architects LLC, a provider of high-conviction investment portfolios to investors around the country, today announced the launch of the Fund Architects First Trust All-Region Global ETF Portfolio, the latest offering in the firm’s Global ETF lineup. Available as a separately managed account, the new [...]

Eve of (Self) Destruction

By | February 13th, 2018|Advisor Insights, News|

By William Davis   “But you tell me over and over and over again my friend, Ah, you don't believe we're on the eve of destruction.”             Barry McGuire, singer and songwriter We suspect commodity traders like to use the word “contango” in conversation whenever they can. Can’t blame them really. Not [...]

Party Crashers

By | January 29th, 2018|Advisor Insights, News|

By William Davis   So, guess who’s responsible for this month’s outsized inflow of cash into global stock funds and ETFs? According to information from the industry’s largest discount brokerages, the answer is “individual investors,” particularly those of the younger set. The big discounters are, in fact, reporting an aggressive surge in [...]