Does stock-picking work?

Stock-picking graphic

Does stock-picking work? Stock-picking, the practice of selecting individual stocks to outperform the market, is far easier said than done. It is mathematically impossible for the average stock picker to beat a buy-and-hold investor in the same stocks. Compared to their benchmarks, most stocks return less and are far more volatile. The empirical evidence is…

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Is there a downside to diversification?

Charles E. Fitzgerald, CFP with Moisand Fitzgerald Tamayo

Is there a downside to diversification? Which would you have rather owned A or B?  A lost an average of almost 1% per year for the decade January 2000-Decemeber 2009 but returned almost 13% per year from January 2010 through June 2023. Cumulatively, A averaged a 6.84% annual return for the period January 2000 through…

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Moisand Fitzgerald Tamayo marks 25 years!

2019 Trailblazer Impact Award

Moisand Fitzgerald Tamayo marks 25 years! 2023 marks the 25th anniversary of the founding of our firm. Reflecting back on these years brings a sense of pride for sure but the overwhelming emotion is one of gratitude. Instead of working for a financial services company and getting paid to sell their products, we decided to…

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What “The Sting” Can Teach Us About Scams

Scam Alert warning sign

What “The Sting” Can Teach Us About Scams Key Points: Scams are being carried out in more sophisticated ways. Technology both protects us and makes scam artists more effective. Diligence, proper “digital hygiene,” adherence to processes and protocols, and skepticism remain the primary tools to protect ourselves from scams. Scams have been around a long…

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When are Roth IRA distributions taxable?

Casandra Garrett, CFP with Moisand Fitzgerald Tamayo

When are Roth IRA distributions taxable? From Ken in Satellite Beach: I thought once you turned 59 ½ Roth IRAs are tax free but a 63 year old co-worker insists he had to pay some tax last year when he withdrew from his Roth IRA. What gives? Ken, it is possible to owe taxes on…

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Managing risk

Staff of fee-only financial planners Moisand Fitzgerald Tamayo

Managing risk Some of you may have been concerned about the recent failure of Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) and any ripple effects on the banking system and the stock market. Before we get into the risk management lessons of SVB, we want to make sure our clients understand that their assets with us are secure.…

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