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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

By Dan Moisand | March 17, 2012

March 2012 Buy low, sell high. This simple concept is far from easy because it is often difficult to assess whether or not a potential investment is being offered at a low value or high value. Just ask Rupert Murdoch. In 2005, his conglomerate News Corp. bought arguably the hottest social media company among young…

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Navigating the new tax reporting requirements

By Dan Moisand | December 10, 2011

December 2011 The Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 included new tax reporting requirements to the IRS mandating that certain firms report the adjusted cost basis of sold securities, including whether the gain or loss is short or long-term. Because of this, the Form 1099-B for 2011 from custodians like Schwab and TD Ameritrade will…

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Easing stress during uncertain times

By Dan Moisand | September 10, 2011

September 2011 “People don’t plan to fail, they fail to plan.” The principals at Moisand Fitzgerald Tamayo have had their Certified Financial Planner designation since at least 1994 and our least experienced advisor has been with our firm since 2002. Thus, due to our years of experience working directly with clients and through our interactions…

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Portfolio strategies to counter inflation

By Dan Moisand | June 11, 2011

June 2011 With high government spending and rising national debt, many people are asking how they can prepare for potentially higher inflation. There are two basic ways to address inflation uncertainty: hedging the immediate effects or earning a total return that outpaces inflation. It may seem that everyone thinks inflation is coming and interest rates…

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Municipal bond default risk way overblown

By Dan Moisand | March 11, 2011

March 2011 With debt levels of many governments around the world at high levels and several states and municipalities also struggling to contain their borrowing, the venerable 60 Minutes thought a discussion about fiscal stresses might make for notable TV. They were right. They brought a guest named Meredith Whitney on the December 19th broadcast…

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The Power of Concentration

By Dan Moisand | December 11, 2010

One of the most common causes of the outperformance – and underperformance – is concentrating the portfolio in just a few holdings. The pitch is that the money is invested in only a few “best ideas”. It is a nice idea with great appeal. Why would anyone buy securities they didn’t feel strongly about? Well, the markets don’t care how any individual feels. But what is often ignored are the greater risks inherent in such a strategy.

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