Jimmy Pickert, CFA, CRPS®

Jimmy Pickert, CFA, CRPS® Portfolio Manager

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February 20 2019

Convertible Arbitrage - What Is It and Why Should You Care?

When the stock market is late into a bull-cycle and bond yields aren’t providing enough income, investors are often left wondering where to turn. There are a number of solutions that ACG likes to include in its clients’ portfolios, and one of those s...

January 16 2019

A History of Bear Markets

The S&P 500 flirted with bear market territory in December, with stocks trading downward on fears of rising interest rates, slowing economies and trade concerns. On Christmas Eve the index closed at 2,351.10, down 19.78 percent from its September 20 ...

November 21 2018

A Few Nuggets of Wisdom on Pot Stocks

Last year around Thanksgiving I wrote about the craze around Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies in general. The blog’s main point was that, after seeing record numbers of new accounts opening up for the purchase of Bitcoin, investors shouldn’t rush in with...

September 12 2018

Want to Save for Education Expenses? Open up a 529 Plan Account.

Opening up a 529 Plan is the best way to save for education expenses. In addition to providing a great means by which one can save for the ever-increasing costs of education, there are current and future tax benefits to enjoy.

August 08 2018

What You Need to Know About the 2- and 10-year Spread

If you are a regular consumer of financial media, or if you get your pulse on the market from our monthly Investor Insights newsletter, you have probably seen mention of an indicator called the 2- and 10-year spread. The spread has been a recurring t...

March 28 2018

Simple Investment Lesson Worth Repeating

November 2017 marked the ten-year anniversary of the beginning of the bear market associated with the Great Financial Crisis (GFC). Since the end of that bear market in March 2009, investors have more or less had an enjoyable and profitable ride in t...

February 21 2018

How Can I Determine My Risk Tolerance?

2018 has already surpassed 2017 when it comes to volatility in the stock market. Last year’s market was about as exciting as the Olympic qualifier for Curling, and this year is feeling more like an Alpine Ski Race at breakneck speeds. Now that invest...

December 06 2017

What You Need to Know About Investing in Bitcoin

There’s a good chance that you’ve heard of Bitcoin before. In fact, lately, there’s a good chance you can’t avoid hearing about it. As its price has skyrocketed over 1,000 percent in 2017, with much of those gains in just the past few months, Bitcoin...

November 29 2017

What You Need to Understand About Risk Tolerance and Time Horizon

When deciding how to invest your money, the most important question is, “How much risk should I take?” Your answer can mean the difference between meeting your goals—for example, retiring when and how you want—and falling short of them. Unfortunately...

October 11 2017

The Potential Impact of Sequence of Returns Risk

As you plan your strategy for creating portfolio distributions during retirements, there are a number of different factors you should consider. These include your budget, expenses, and sources of retirement income other than your investment portfolio...