Miles Putnam, CFA


Tax Law Changes that May Affect You

  Single Filers Old Law   New Law Tax Bracket Taxable Income   Tax Bracket Taxable Income 10% Up to $9,325 10% Up to $9,525 15% $9,326 – $37,950 12% $9,526 – $38,700 25% $37,951 – $91,900 22% $38,701 – $82,500 28% $91,901 – $191,650 24% $82,501 – $157,500 33% […]


April Investment Comments

Stock investors as a group seem like a bunch of manic depressives, present company excluded of course.  We worry when the economy doesn’t grow much because recessions accompany bear markets and we certainly don’t like those.  But we also fret when the economy does too well because that could result […]


Misadventures in Volatility

When the stock market fell 10% recently the biggest losers weren’t stock investors but rather volatility sellers.  Stock investors can’t be seriously harmed by a simple correction.  Even aggressive, margined investors can survive a 10% decline.  Brokers are smart enough not to make margin loans that become potentially uncollectible in […]


March Investment Comments

After two years of a steadily rising stock market it finally happened: the dreaded correction.  Corrections are defined as at least a 10% drop in market value after achieving a peak.  On Thursday, February 8th the Dow Jones Industrial Average finished the day at 23,860.46, down 10.4% from its peak […]


Bitcoin Smells Like a Tulip

Tulips are a beautiful flower with a rich history.  They were introduced to Europe in the mid-1500’s from the Ottoman Empire.  They gained popularity in what became the Netherlands in the late 1500’s and became a status symbol due to their unique colors.  After a virus caused petals to incorporate […]


January Investment Comments

The S&P 500 has continued its run, returning more than 17% year-to-date through November.  The steady rise this year, with only modest turbulence, has increased the number of market observers highlighting an “overheated” market where investors have become complacent.  Not to completely dismiss these concerns, but a fact-based analysis helps […]


Introducing Stephanie Petersen

I would like to introduce myself as the newest member of the Provident team.  I have had the pleasure of already meeting some of our clients and look forward to meeting more in the future. Growing up, I loved a good challenge.  I challenged myself with strategic, logical, and mathematical […]


July Investment Comments

The unemployment rate fell to 4.3% in the most recent Bureau of Labor Statistics release.  A tightening labor market ought to push wages higher, but average hourly wage growth remains subdued at around 2.5%.  This keeps a lid on consumer spending and, in turn, also keeps inflation in check. Low […]