Eric Pozolo


The Boys of Summer

My five-year-old recently started t-ball and the games have been even more fun to watch than I imagined.  The kids are young enough that they don’t bother to keep score and the concept is just to introduce the game and help teach the rules.  Despite the best efforts of parents […]


June Investment Comments

After the market hit all-time highs in late April, May marked the return of volatility as trade negotiations with China broke down. It all started on Sunday, May 5th when President Trump issued a tweet indicating the Chinese had backtracked on already-negotiated promises to write into Chinese law changes covering […]


A Frank Discussion About Aging

Two recent developments have placed the financial status of older Americans in sharper focus.  One development was a report from trustees for Social Security and Medicare.  In 2020, Social Security revenue will be insufficient to pay benefits, requiring the fund to dip into its reserves for the first time since […]


May Investment Comments

After a strong start to 2019, markets have recovered from the significant declines experienced in last year’s fourth quarter.  Much of the rebound can be attributed to the relatively abrupt pivot by the Federal Reserve at the start of the year to be patient with further rate increases, versus a […]


Charitable Giving

In December 2017, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act became law.  This new law created sweeping changes to the tax code that has impacted the landscape for charitable giving. For example, the standard deduction has been greatly increased, whereas some itemized deductions have been reduced or eliminated.  While tax deductions […]


April Investment Comments

“With our policy rate in the range of neutral, with muted inflation pressures and with some of the downside risks we’ve talked about, this is a good time to be patient,” according to Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell.  Comforting statements like this have helped restore investor confidence just as Powell’s […]


Rich Kid Poor Kid

Dear Clients, I have a favor to ask.  If you have a minute and the inspiration strikes, would you please reach out to me with any anecdotes or observations about how money has affected your family, for better or worse? I’m particularly interested in relationships between parents and kids, something […]


March Investment Comments

So far, 2019 has been kinder to investors than was the finish to 2018.  A combination of stronger-than-expected earnings, a more accommodative Federal Reserve, and a strong labor market has supported the full recovery from December’s 9% loss for the S&P 500. On the earnings front, results are coming in […]


“Sell, Mortimer! Sell!”

The line, “Sell, Mortimer!  Sell!” comes from the iconic 1980s movie, “Trading Places,” where the film’s heroes, played by Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd, get the better of villains Randolph and Mortimer Duke while trading orange juice futures contracts—which is yes, a real thing.  In the pivotal scene, Murphy and […]


February Investment Comments

Volatility returned to the stock market in 2018, ending the gentle melt up that investors had enjoyed.  The S&P 500 dropped at least 10% in three separate months last year—February, October, and December.  Stocks battled back bravely from the first two corrections, but a weak December finally torpedoed the S&P’s […]