Deepening Client Relationships

This past year, All Star Financial participated in Fidelity Investment’s Nationwide Benchmarking Study for all independent RIA’s that use their trading platform. This was not the first study we had done, but we found the results this time to be very informative. After going over the results of the study we realized that we had.. read more →

Broker vs. Fiduciary

Hi to our All Star Client! It’s us again, talking about why we are different than brokers. We found a great 2.5 minute video on Youtube that is REALLY good. Please take the time to view this and for all of us visual learners,it will hit home. One request, please send this to a friend.. read more →

Pulling Back the Curtain on Wall Street

Just a quick note to ask you to read a very interesting article from today’s New York Times. I started All Star Financial in 1990 because I wanted what would be best for my clients: an independent, unbiased, fee-only practice that would not sell “product”. Why do the “big guys” like Goldman continue to rip.. read more →

Earnings to Headlines

As the final corporate earnings reports for 2011 trickle in, we can say with confidence that 2011 was another good year for corporate profits. Corporate profits are very healthy. In fact they have more than doubled since the 1st quarter of 2009. We should be aware however, now that earnings reports are over we will.. read more →

Emerging Markets Are Not Europe

We continue to see the Emerging market stocks get beat up as the global economy has cooled and the U.S. and European debt problems percolate every day. We believe that current headlines and TV talking heads are preventing investors from taking the long-term view on this important asset class. So… let’s step back and gain.. read more →

Deleveraging –> Baby Steps For Now!

Leveraging did not occur overnight, and the process of “deleveraging” government balance sheets will not happen overnight either. In the aftermath of 2008, the U.S. government recapitalized banks and invested in our auto companies to prevent a financial meltdown and massive layoffs in our manufacturing base. These investments have largely been paid back in full, with.. read more →

TIME TO HOLD HANDS AND TALK

Just a quick note to let everyone know that the sun is still shining (somewhere). Seriously though, after another tough week in the market two things are fur sure; 1) The volatility is not going away any time soon and 2) We will not change our discipline. We have stayed true to our discipline of finding.. read more →

Are We There Yet?

Mohammed El-Arian, the Co-CIO of PIMCO Funds, often makes the analogy that investing in the post-Lehman world is like riding in car over a bumpy road to an unknown destination. After rebounding in 2009, stocks have posted healthy gains but have now hit another period of volatility and decline. Investors are like passengers in the back.. read more →

WHY INVESTORS ARE AFRAID AND MAD AS HELL!

FEAR and ANGER are the two dominant attitudes of the average American investor today and rightly so. You are fearful about your future and angry at those who are responsible and not doing anything about it. No two ways about it, the psyche of the average investor today has changed and this could be a.. read more →

What’s Next?

Just a quick note to let you all know what our thoughts and actions are after the past few days. Backing up a couple of weeks, we were steadfast in our belief that the debt debacle would be addressed before the August 2nd deadline and that the GDP and forward looking earnings numbers supported a growth.. read more →