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:

SIA’s SHA Network is Strong

SIA is featured in in the latest issue of Sacred Heart Academy’s Heartbeat newsletter.  In support of the strong Valkyrie network, we are fortunate to have four alumnae working with our firm.  In addition, each summer SIA proudly offers an internship to an SHA graduate.

Beth Stegner Peabody is honored to join SHA’s Board of Trustees as of June, 2017.

Phone Crime: This Can Happen to You!

While cybercrime headlines have dominated recent news, we urge clients, friends and associates to remember the perils of common phone scams.

Of most concern is the recent, real-life call to SIA from a panicked client whose grandson was allegedly arrested for drunk driving while returning from a wedding after hitting the car of a pregnant woman.

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The Mental Mistakes We Make With Retirement Spending

You are always hearing about saving for retirement, but should you be worried once it’s time to spend that money?

SIA is pleased to share this April 24, 2017 Wall Street Journal article with you. Please click on the link below to view the full article.

“Frugality is one example of a habit that helps us prepare for retirement. Once retired, however, there can be a thin line between frugality and miserliness.”

Click here for full article.

Beth Peabody Nominated for “Most Admired Woman Business Owner”

The Associates of Stegner Investments are excited to share some news: The editorial staff at Today’s Woman magazine has nominated Beth for their “Most Admired Woman Business Owner” award for 2017.

Beth has put her heart and soul into SIA since founding it in 1994.  We are proud to have her as our leader and admire her ethical standards and her personal and professional commitment to staff and clients.

Schwab Tax Form Mailing Update

Schwab began mailing 2016 Tax Form 1099-Rs and Form 1099 Composites/Year-End Summaries on February 15th. All forms should be delivered to you by February 24th.

As a reminder, you may log-in and view these reports now online at www.schwaballiance.com.

SIA Hosts Table for Women 4 Women

SIA was excited to host a table at Women 4 Women’s annual luncheon on September 16th with guest speaker, Barbara Pierce Bush. Barbara is CEO and co-founder of Global Health Corps, an organization that mobilizes a global community of young leaders to build the movement for health equity.

To learn more about this amazing charity, click here.


Mimi Zinniel, President & CEO of Olmsted Parks Conservancy, has a lively discussion with Beth Peabody.


Ruth Trautwein (W4W Board Member) shares a photo op with Liz Juckett Dehart, Director of Marketing & Communications for the Olmsted Parks Conservancy.


SIA’s guest, K. Shaver, speaks with Beth Peabody during the luncheon.

SIA Interviews Top Performing Manager

T. Rowe Price Vice President, Craig Watson, met with our investment team at our office yesterday. Mr. Watson is a Portfolio Specialist and a 9-year member of T. Rowe Price’s U.S. Large Cap Growth Team.



We enjoyed discussing interest rates, portfolio positioning, risk management and stock specific knowledge, including T. Rowe Price’s recent meeting with Jeff Bezos of Amazon.com.

A key component to SIA’s investment research process includes in-person meetings with investment professionals from the firms we respect most. SIA leverages information gathered from meetings like these to manage our client portfolios most effectively.