10 Top Scams Targeting Seniors

Frauds perpetrated against senior citizens are estimated to cost victims $2.9 billion each year. The Senate Committee on Aging, which operates a hotline for reporting such frauds, recently published a report showing the types of senior frauds that were reported most frequently in 2018, when more than 1,500 people called the hotline. Authorities estimate that they uncover 1 out of every 24 cases of senior fraud. 

Although these scams are aimed at seniors, we all need to be aware and vigilant. 

Click here for a list of the Top 10 Scams Targeting Seniors.

Anyone with information about suspected fraud can call the toll-free fraud hotline at 1-855-303-9470, or contact the Committee through its website located at http://www.aging.senate.gov/fraud-hotline.




SIA Perspectives Q4 2018

In last quarter’s SIA Perspectives, we noted a surge in stock market returns for the 3rd quarter as investors shrugged off issues such as trade wars, Britain’s exit from the European Union (EU) and China’s slowing economic growth. Our reports showed that, through September, many stock market benchmarks reached record levels as announcements of excellent corporate earnings energized investors. In fact, a balanced portfolio of stocks and bonds posted solid returns for the first nine months of 2018.

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SIA Perspectives Q3 2018

The production and delivery of our SIA Perspectives each quarter is an effort to engage Clients and to increase their knowledge of our time-tested, disciplined and successful investment strategies. We also strive to explain the movements in financial markets and the impact current events can have on portfolio performance.

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SIA Hosts Charity Ball




SIA Perspectives Q2 2018

The trend of volatility continued in the 2nd quarter as political leaders took center stage by attending high profile group events like the NATO and the G-7 summits, while conducting historic one-on-one meetings. The tension surrounding these events rattled financial markets. They made headline news and were heavy on pageantry, but light on specifics.

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SIA Perspectives Q1 2018

The swings in financial markets throughout the 1st quarter reminded us of Newton’s Cradle – a toy from our past that demonstrates one of Sir Isaac Newton’s three laws of motion. Although this mathematician died in 1727, his third law can be applied to explain performance to-date in 2018: “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction”.

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Happy 2018 from Team SIA!

(John Evers, Christine England, Beth Peabody, Ava Jackie, Missy Vella, Tracey Trosper, Ruth Trautwein, Leslie Shockley)

Happy 2018 from Team SIA!

For our holiday activity the entire SIA crew was locked in “The Laboratory” at Locked In Louisville, where we had to find clues, solve puzzles, and crack codes to unlock the door in less than 60 minutes. It was a great team building exercise as EVERYONE contributed. The average success rate of opening this room’s door is 33% and we did it!




T. Rowe Price Fund Manager Visits SIA

SIA is pleased to have hosted recently Mr. Wyatt Lee, co-portfolio manager of the T. Rowe Price Retirement Date Funds. Mr. Lee also serves on
T. Rowe Price’s Multi-Asset Steering Committee and has been with the company for 18 years.

Wyatt Lee

Mr. Lee shared his responses to questions from SIA’s research team regarding recent strategy changes to the Retirement Date Funds on SIA’s Approved List. The purpose of this meeting was to discuss the changes being made to the fixed income portion of their strategy. He discussed the research behind these changes and the timing of implementing the new strategy.

We also discussed broader asset class topics such as real assets and global bonds. Mr. Lee updated our team on the multi-asset team at T. Rowe Price, specifically how quickly they are expanding and now have more than 50 people on the team.

Mr. Lee expressed that his favorite kind of meetings are informal “roundtable” types like ours, because he is able to discuss and exchange ideas with us, rather than flipping formally through presentation slides.

As we have communicated in the past, a key component to SIA’s due diligence process includes in-person meetings with investment professionals from the firms with which we have entrusted client assets.

SIA leverages information gathered from meetings like this to manage our client portfolios most effectively.

The Associates of SIA Wish You a Warm &
Wonderful Holiday Season!




SIA Meets with T. Rowe Price Managers in Baltimore

As part of SIA’s due diligence, we conduct offsite visits to the offices of the fund managers that we select for inclusion on our Approved List. Last week Ruth Trautwein visited T. Rowe Price’s home office in Baltimore, MD. She was one of only three advisors who met with the “fund specialists” listed below:

These specialists are tenured members of each fund’s portfolio management team and serve as direct conduits between advisors and portfolio managers.

Ruth was also able to tour their trading floor to learn about their stock and bond trading divisions.

She remained in Baltimore on Thursday and Friday to attend T. Rowe Price’s conference with a broader elite group of advisors from around the country. The sessions that she attended help SIA gain additional information regarding fiduciary responsibility and learn insights from T. Rowe Price’s asset allocation team. Ruth also was able to have direct conversations with T. Rowe Price’s target retirement and stable value managers.

Face to face meetings allow SIA to ask very pointed questions directly to the managers to gain insight regarding their current strategies, as well as their expectations for the future. SIA is “thankful” for this opportunity and honored to be invited to be a part this group.

 




SIA Featured in Business First

Not only are we honored to be included in the issue as one of the top 10 firms in “The List of Louisville’s Largest Asset Management Firms”, we are most excited to share that Beth Peabody was featured both on the cover of the issue and interviewed for the “In Person” column.

In case you missed this edition, click anywhere on the front page below to read the interview with Beth: