The kids are back in school, the leaves are changing colors, and pumpkin spice lattes – the age-old harbingers of harvest season – are everywhere. At Parsec, we are preparing for the harvest…of tax losses.
We are always looking for ways to improve the performance of our clients’ portfolios by providing high-quality investments while keeping fees low. All mutual funds and exchange-traded funds charge an expense ratio, which is the cost of operating the fund and includes the manager’s fee, as well as various other operating costs. These expenses are …
Traditional finance is based on the premise that investors are able to consider all relevant information to make rational financial decisions. The underlying assumption is that all investors are risk averse and that everyone prefers higher returns to lower returns for the same level of risk. In practice, these assumptions are unrealistic because investors are not perfect and are subject to behavioral biases.
Parsec invests in a variety of securities for its clients. These may include mutual funds, exchange traded funds (ETFs), and individual stocks, among others. All of these investments can and do experience significant price pullbacks from time to time. While Parsec’s research committee focuses on investments it can hold for the long-term and performs significant due diligence before adding any new positions, price declines still happen. In this article we will discuss how we monitor investment securities and our process when a stock or fund does not perform as expected.