Posts Tagged: markets

Aspiriant CEO Featured on Podcast

Rob Francais discussed the challenges and opportunities of managing a wealth advisory firm during the coronavirus pandemic as the featured guest of a Barron’s The Way Forward podcast. more >

9 Behavioral Risks to Investing

During volatile markets, our emotions and biases can lead us to make unwise decisions that jeopardize a well-thought-out financial plan. Learn about common investing behaviors to avoid and how to stay calm. more >

The Market Cycle and the Business Cycle: A Layman’s Guide

Market cycles and business cycles generally run in tandem. But as investors get wary about future economic growth, the magnitude of resulting stock price declines can be relatively severe. To avoid making emotionally based investment decisions, it’s important to understand the dynamics behind market swings. more >

How to Escape the Emotional Investing Trap

The word “loss” is often used casually and imperfectly in the investment world. But in reality, a limited number of situations actually lead to true investment losses. Here are a few of the most common and ways to avoid them. more >

Fourth Quarter 2017 Insight

It may seem like investing is akin to gambling. Although luck certainly plays a role when it comes to investing, we believe skill determines long-term performance. Learn how we interpret what the market “tells” us and what it might mean for investing. more >

Foundational Elements: Focus on Fair Value

We advise investors to focus on the fair value of an investment while avoiding market noise. In our new Foundational Elements series, the story of Warren Buffett's purchase of a farm is a good example. more >

Third Quarter 2017 Insight

The U.S. stock market continued to fly high in the third quarter. However, similar to 1999, the current market value of the S&P 500 appears to have far outpaced its fair value. As a result, we believe U.S. equities have become less attractive and are priced to generate low returns going forward. more >

Second Quarter 2017 Insight

The long-term growth rate of the U.S. economy charts the flight path of equity values. Our newest Insight highlights the factors, or the fuel, affecting economic growth. more >

First Quarter 2017 Insight

Like coaches, portfolio managers must have a well-conceived game plan. Aspiriant’s game plan is grounded upon one basic investment concept: return on investment. At a time when we don’t see many good investment opportunities, taking a defensive posture appears to be the best strategy. more >