Equity Investing

We seek to buy growing, profitable, and well-capitalized businesses at reasonable prices. The habit of relating quality to value is central to the WCA equity investing process.

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Asset Allocation

A comprehensive suite of asset allocation portfolios focused on matching investment objectives with risk tolerance. Both passive and active strategies are offered.

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Fixed Income

This portfolio seeks to generate a stream of income from a portfolio of 30 investment-grade corporate bonds. The portfolio is constructed as a “ladder” with maturities spanning 10 years.

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Recent Commentary

What Next?

Even though stocks should rise over time, we think the pace of the market rally is set to slow because extraordinary government supports for the economy are set to fade, and valuations have run ahead of fundamentals. Changing Tack It is hard to bet against stocks for the long-term. Since the 1920s, stocks have produced a positive return every 20 years based on S&P 500 annual returns. Stocks tend to beat bonds and cash over time, supporting the idea that markets tend to reward risk. But this fact obscures the reality that stock investing also involves periodic drops. Not everyone…

Muniwatch — September 2020

Municipal yields drifted higher in August after falling in July, with the curve steepening in concert with U.S. Treasuries. Muni Mutual Fund inflows have continued for 15 consecutive weeks, taking in another $11 billion in August. The curve remains steep, especially in the six- to 10-year area, where we’re finding opportunities to pick up additional yield while not adding significant additional duration risk. Credit spreads remain elevated but have narrowed from their peak, signifying a “reach” for yield.

Time for Tactical?

Years ago, it was easy to make money. Those who were around during the 1970s may even remember earning near 20%. A three-month CD in December 1980 earned over 18%, according to data from the Federal Reserve. Such rates are near 0.18% today — far below the core inflation rate (+1.3% year-over-year). At that rate, a $100 investment would grow to only $101.80 over ten years. Evaporating Interest Rates And don’t think buying longer-term bonds is the answer, either. Ten-year U.S. Treasury bonds now yield 0.7% compared to over 3% just two years ago. A $100 investment in a zero-coupon…