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A Recipe For Disaster

Yesterday the Congressional Budget Office released its analysis of the recently completed 2018 fiscal year. Unfortunately, despite an incredibly positive economic backdrop the Federal government’s debt and spending levels remain a grave concern. http://www.seasoninvestments.com/insights/a-recipe-for-disaster/

Shades of Gray

Many economists have criticized President Trump's stance on tariffs. But in the words of Thomas Jefferson, when it comes to matters of the economy, “no one axiom can be laid down as wise and expedient for all times and circumstances.” http://www.seasoninvestments.com/insights/shades-of-gray/

Hierarchy of Money

In our first post in this series, we talked about how money has implied value due to a society wide networking effect. We determined that one of the most important aspects of good money is that it is widely accepted. In this week’s post we’ll look at why certain forms of money, such as the US Dollar, are much more widely accepted than others. http://www.seasoninvestments.com/insights/hierarchy-of-money/

Why Save When You Can Live Now?

Following the financial crisis Americans entered “retrenchment” mode and spent nearly ten years focused on shoring up their lifestyle, reduced debt loads and saving money for longer-term purposes. It appears this mindset is finally melting away. http://www.seasoninvestments.com/insights/why-save-when-you-can-live-now/

The Perils of Low Volatility

Super accommodative monetary policy has been necessary to spur economic recovery and ensure markets don’t fall into a deflationary spiral. But these same policies which have kept interest rates at record lows for so long are creating vulnerabilities in the economy as debt levels continue to rise. http://www.seasoninvestments.com/insights/the-perils-of-low-volatility/

Is Good Advice Good Enough?

Giving someone “good advice” is rarely enough. Most of us already know what we should do, or what the right answer is…yet often times we still do the opposite. Advice moves from being “good” to being “effective” when it is tailored and delivered in such a way that actually spurs the behavioral change needed to attain the desired outcomes. http://www.seasoninvestments.com/insights/is-good-advice-good-enough/

The Private Equity Advantage

Over the past year, we have spent a good amount of time researching different options for our clients in the private equity space. In today’s post, we will look at private equity from a very high level to explain what it is exactly and why it might be a good addition to a well-diversified portfolio. http://www.seasoninvestments.com/insights/the-private-equity-advantage/

A 1031 Skeleton Key

A skeleton key is a type of master key that can open numerous locks. In the 1031 space, if we think of all the rules and constraints as locked doors, then today’s post is going to explain how a useful and somewhat under-utilized tool can be considered a skeleton key for unlocking all those doors and maximizing the value of an exchange. http://www.seasoninvestments.com/insights/a-1031-skeleton-key/

The Power of a 1031 Exchange

Real estate is one of the most commonly held assets on most investor’s balance sheets. For those that have real estate investments and want to continue leaving their money invested in real estate, a 1031 exchange is an extremely powerful tool which can be used to compound higher returns on a real estate portfolio. http://www.seasoninvestments.com/insights/the-power-of-a-1031-exchange/

Battle of the Brain

I’m sure everyone as experienced the internal struggle between short-term pleasures and long-term benefits, which is why it is so difficult to save for retirement. Even though our long-term, logical brain understands the merits and importance of saving for retirement, it must constantly do battle with our short-term emotional brain which is hell bent on immediate gratification. http://www.seasoninvestments.com/insights/battle-of-the-brain/

Burning A Hole In Our Pockets

Why do we all have such an innate desire to spend money? For many of us, it is as if money literally burns a hole in their pocket as it is spent faster than it can be accumulated. The desire to spend money and acquire things comes from an innate desire to boost our self-esteem. http://www.seasoninvestments.com/insights/burning-a-hole-in-our-pockets1/

The Dennis Rodman Effect

Dennis Rodman was a game changing player on the basketball court even though he was sub-par (at best) when it came to scoring. One could argue that the Pistons went from being a good basketball team to a championship team with his addition. Sometimes the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. http://www.seasoninvestments.com/insights/the-dennis-rodman-effect/

The Most Valuable Thing Money Can Buy

The number one reason people become a slave to their jobs/career is because they lack the discipline to save money. This week's post is about a young women who bucked the trend and retired at the age of 33 to pursue her dreams of traveling the world. http://www.seasoninvestments.com/insights/the-most-valuable-thing-money-can-buy/

NIRP Is The New ZIRP

Zero interest rates are intended to induce growth in borrowing, lending and general risk taking throughout the economy. But what happens when ZIRP doesn’t have its intended effect on economic activity? You move to the next logical extreme: NIRP. http://www.seasoninvestments.com/insights/nirp-is-the-new-zirp/

Ostrich Finance

In a recent study respondents were asked how they would pay for a $400 emergency. Rather surprisingly, 47% of the respondents indicated that they wouldn’t be able to cover the expense out of their savings or checking account balances. What does that say about our collective finances? http://www.seasoninvestments.com/insights/ostrich-finance/

LendIt 2016 Takeaways

Last week I attended and spoke at a breakout session for the 2016 LendIt USA conference in San Francisco. For those that don’t already know, LendIt is a two day conference centering on the rapidly growing FinTech industry. There were over 3,500 attendees all soaking up the wealth of information on "alternative financing." http://www.seasoninvestments.com/insights/lendit-2016-takeaways/

Buffett's Bet

Back in 2007 Warren Buffett issued a public challenge that the S&P 500 would outperform any basket of hedge funds. Hedge fund manager Ted Seides with Protege Partners took Buffett up on his challenge and "the Bet" was born. Now eight years into the bet, who is winning and what can we learn from it? http://www.seasoninvestments.com/insights/buffetts-bet/

Safety In Numbers

Just last month, I received an email from Van Eck trumpeting the merits of peer-to-peer lending. It was interesting to read that a $30 billion+ asset management firm would go on record to endorse the merits of the once relatively obscure space. This week we provide an update on how our P2P managed account composite is performing 19 months since inception. http://www.seasoninvestments.com/insights/safety-in-numbers/

Anything But Boring

Today’s Insight is the third post we’ve written on VEREIT (ticker: VER). When we first wrote about and purchased the stock we included the caveat that “any number of things could create another wave of negative sentiment that could send the stock even lower.” Today we look back at what has happened since our initial purchase and what the future might hold for VEREIT. http://www.seasoninvestments.com/insights/anything-but-boring/

The Lone Cockroach

We’ve all heard the saying “one man’s junk is another man’s treasure.” Well, for the junk bond market over the past few months the treasure has been conspicuously absent. Junk bonds have been under pressure lately, leaving many wondering how much more carnage there might be and what it might portend for other areas of the market. http://www.seasoninvestments.com/insights/the-lone-cockroach/

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