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It’s A [Dividend] Trap!

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By: Jeff Bullock

In Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, one of the great scenes, and oft quoted lines in pop culture occurs when General Ackbar, the Rebel commander, is leading his fleet into battle against The Empire. Shortly into the attack he realizes they miscalculated one aspect of their plan and have unknowingly fallen right into the hands of their foe. It’s at this moment that General Ackbar exclaims, “It’s a trap!”

Many traps exist when you set out to invest your money. One trap, in particular, can be found when choosing an equity dividend strategy. Many investors who want income, while still maintaining equity exposure, turn to dividend strategies to fill this need.

As an investor, we believe you need to be careful, however, to find the right dividend strategy because many of these that look appealing on the surface, may actually have subtle traps under the hood.  Below are three approaches to be aware of:

  • High Dividend Yield but Low Dividend Growth: This approach is the biggest “gotcha”. They look great on the surface with a high dividend yield, but the underlying companies generally have a poor history of growing their dividend at any substantial growth rate. A strategy like this feels good at the outset, but often disappoints over the long run.
  • Average Dividend Yield and Average Dividend Growth: To use a worn-down cliché, these strategies are a dime-a-dozen. An approach like this will bundle together a bunch of average dividend-paying companies that have an average dividend growth history. The results for the asset class are usually, average. 
  • Above Average Dividend Yield and Above Average Dividend Growth: Welcome to the land of dividend unicorns. These are the highly disciplined strategies that focus on cash-heavy, low debt companies, who have a long history of not only paying dividends (think decades), but also increasing those dividends every year. There is no instant gratification with these strategies, but years down the road they pay off due to their high dividend growth rate. This is where you want to be.


In the epic words of General Ackbar, “It’s a [dividend] trap”! Not all dividend strategies are created equal, but finding the right one, can make all difference years down the road.

This blog is general communication being provided for informational purposes only.  This information is in no way a solicitation or offer to sell securities or investment advisory services.  It is educational in nature and not to be taken as advice or a recommendation for any specific investment product or investment strategy.  This does not contain sufficient information to support an investment decision.  Any investment or investment strategy mentioned may not be suitable for all investors or in their best interest.   Statistical information, quotes, charts, references to articles or any other quoted statement or statements regarding market or other financial information is obtained from sources which we believe reliable, but we do not warrant or guarantee the timeliness or accuracy of this information. All rights are reserved.  No part of this blog including text, graphics, et al, may be reproduced or copied in any format, electronic, print, et al, without written consent from Fidelis Wealth Advisors, LLC. Fidelis Wealth Advisors does not provide legal or tax advice.  Please be advised to consult with your investment advisor, attorney or tax professional before making any investment decisions.

Fidelis Wealth Market Outlook 2022

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Watch our 2022 economic and investment outlook to get our thoughts on the coming year. With the Fed looking to raise interest rates and the economy grappling with inflation, tune in to see how we are positioning portfolios in this environment. 

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This blog is general communication being provided for informational purposes only.  This information is in no way a solicitation or offer to sell securities or investment advisory services.  It is educational in nature and not to be taken as advice or a recommendation for any specific investment product or investment strategy.  This does not contain sufficient information to support an investment decision.  Any investment or investment strategy mentioned may not be suitable for all investors or in their best interest.   Statistical information, quotes, charts, references to articles or any other quoted statement or statements regarding market or other financial information is obtained from sources which we believe reliable, but we do not warrant or guarantee the timeliness or accuracy of this information. All rights are reserved.  No part of this blog including text, graphics, et al, may be reproduced or copied in any format, electronic, print, et al, without written consent from Fidelis Wealth Advisors, LLC. Fidelis Wealth Advisors does not provide legal or tax advice.  Please be advised to consult with your investment advisor, attorney or tax professional before making any investment decisions.

Market Snapshot 12.13.2021

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  • Despite some of the largest inflation increases in decades, the yield curve on long term bonds has flattened, with the 30-year treasury yield going down to 1.69 as compared to the 20-year bond’s 1.77 yield. This could signal lower growth in the future as the federal reserve reduces quantitative easing. 
  • Goldman Sachs has pushed up its projections for future rate hikes from the federal reserve by a large margin, now expecting the first rate hikes to happen in June of 2022, as compared to once in 2023. This could signal bank economists changing their view on the transitory nature of current inflation.
  • A recent ransomware attack on the US’s largest cream cheese manufacturer, Schreiber Foods, has led to nationwide shortages of the product and has brought unfulfilled demand to 45-year highs. This attack shows many similarities to supply chain breakdowns during the pipeline attacks earlier this year, showing how many national and global supply chains face similar fragility.

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Tis the Season of Giving: Give Efficiently and Avoid Unnecessary Taxes!

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By: Jeff Bullock

Winston Churchill is quoted as saying, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”

The holiday season is marked with fun events, festive traditions, and a greater emphasis on kindness and giving. Many studies show that over 30% of annual giving occurs in December. If you find yourself giving to any causes this year, take a minute to make sure you are doing it in a way that helps both your charity and yourself.

Three ideas to make charitable giving more flexible and efficient:

  • Donor Advised Fund: Using a Donor Advised Fund (DAF) can give you flexibility and convenience. With a DAF you can contribute now, but donate later, which may make sense for your tax situation. Also, a DAF provides ultimate convenience if you give to multiple causes because all of your donation documents are recorded and consolidated in one spot. Flexible and convenient.
  • Low-Cost Securities: Forget cash, donate investment securities that have embedded gains to your charitable causes. As long as you’ve held the position for over a year, you can receive the full tax benefit of donating plus you never take a realized gain on the position. If you liked the security you donated, simply buy it again and you’ve reset your cost basis with no tax consequence.
  • Required Minimum Distributions: If you are currently being forced to take Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) from your IRA, but don’t need the money, earmark this money for your charitable causes and avoid the tax hit. Even if you don’t itemize your deductions, this may help bypass the distribution counting as income.
There are good ways to donate to your causes and passions and there are great ways. Before you pull out your checkbook or donate online via your checking account, take a minute to see if there is a better way. Be efficient; maintain flexibility. Don’t pay unnecessary taxes if there is a better way.

Happy Holidays!


This is not tax advice. Please consult with your tax advisor before implementing any of these strategies. Every situation is different and not all strategies work for every situation. While we believe this information is correct, we cannot guarantee its accuracy.  This blog is general communication being provided for informational purposes only.  This information is in no way a solicitation or offer to sell securities or investment advisory services.  It is educational in nature and not to be taken as advice or a recommendation for any specific investment product or investment strategy.  This does not contain sufficient information to support an investment decision.  Any investment or investment strategy mentioned may not be suitable for all investors or in their best interest.   Statistical information, quotes, charts, references to articles or any other quoted statement or statements regarding market or other financial information is obtained from sources which we believe reliable, but we do not warrant or guarantee the timeliness or accuracy of this information. All rights are reserved.  No part of this blog including text, graphics, et al, may be reproduced or copied in any format, electronic, print, et al, without written consent from Fidelis Wealth Advisors, LLC. Fidelis Wealth Advisors does not provide legal or tax advice.  Please be advised to consult with your investment advisor, attorney or tax professional before making any investment decisions.

Market Snapshot 11.15.2021

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  • The Federal Reserve “financial stability” biannual report for 2021 outlines markets as likely overvalued compared to cash flows, and notes a huge increase in housing prices since earlier in the year however does not see any excessive leverage in the housing sector. The market remains vulnerable to significant declines if investor sentiment deteriorates, the Fed has noted.
  • The 10-year breakeven rate, the rate of 10-year inflation protected bonds minus the 10-year constant treasury bond, has risen to a decade high, with the spread between these two assets reaching 2.73%. This signals intense predictions by the market for the rate of inflation over the next decade.
  • JP Morgan believes the disconnect between the Fed beginning to taper, and the continued surge in Core Product Inflation (CPI), shows that not all inflation we are seeing may be transitory. This is compared to the Federal Reserve’s stance that current inflation is being caused by the continued reopening of world economies after Covid, and not necessarily due to the large amounts of stimulus injected into the economy.

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This blog is general communication being provided for informational purposes only.  This information is in no way a solicitation or offer to sell securities or investment advisory services.  It is educational in nature and not to be taken as advice or a recommendation for any specific investment product or investment strategy.  This does not contain sufficient information to support an investment decision.  Any investment or investment strategy mentioned may not be suitable for all investors or in their best interest.   Statistical information, quotes, charts, references to articles or any other quoted statement or statements regarding market or other financial information is obtained from sources which we believe reliable, but we do not warrant or guarantee the timeliness or accuracy of this information. All rights are reserved.  No part of this blog including text, graphics, et al, may be reproduced or copied in any format, electronic, print, et al, without written consent from Fidelis Wealth Advisors, LLC. Fidelis Wealth Advisors does not provide legal or tax advice.  Please be advised to consult with your investment advisor, attorney or tax professional before making any investment decisions.

Market Snapshot 11.08.2021

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  • The third largest real estate developer in China, Kaisa, has missed a payment on its 2022 bonds, which are currently trading at around 50% of par. The firm has listed $13 Billion worth of Shenzhen city real estate in a “fire sale”, citing immediate liquidity needs.
  • Job hiring’s for non-traditional work hours, the “night shift” hours of 12am – 8am, have increased 1400% since the start of the year according to data from popular online job sites. These positions now make up 15% of all available hiring. This is likely due to many companies, notably major retailers like Walmart, increasing hours of operation to meet the ongoing surge in demand from consumers.
  • Hourly wage earnings for US workers are up 4.9% year over year as of October, according to JP Morgan, a significant increase in wages given low wage growth for the preceding decade. This has been largely driven by hiring in the hospitality and leisure sectors.

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This blog is general communication being provided for informational purposes only.  This information is in no way a solicitation or offer to sell securities or investment advisory services.  It is educational in nature and not to be taken as advice or a recommendation for any specific investment product or investment strategy.  This does not contain sufficient information to support an investment decision.  Any investment or investment strategy mentioned may not be suitable for all investors or in their best interest.   Statistical information, quotes, charts, references to articles or any other quoted statement or statements regarding market or other financial information is obtained from sources which we believe reliable, but we do not warrant or guarantee the timeliness or accuracy of this information. All rights are reserved.  No part of this blog including text, graphics, et al, may be reproduced or copied in any format, electronic, print, et al, without written consent from Fidelis Wealth Advisors, LLC. Fidelis Wealth Advisors does not provide legal or tax advice.  Please be advised to consult with your investment advisor, attorney or tax professional before making any investment decisions.

The Price of Stability vs The Value in Volatility

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By: Jeff Bullock

Have you ever gone to a go-kart track to race against family or friends? If you’re like me, as you wait in line, you are watching intently to find the fastest go-kart. In theory, all of them should go the same speed, but we all know that some are faster than others. If you choose unwisely, it doesn’t matter how hard you try, or how firmly you push down on the pedal, you are destined to lose against a faster machine. Perhaps you have a few tricks up your sleeve that can stave off a speedier kart for a short amount of time, but ultimately, you need a bigger engine if you want to compete. The outcome of a scenario like this is inevitable before the race even begins.

This same outcome occurs every day when the cash in your bank account tries to keep up with inflation. Cash is destined to lose every time in our current environment. The engine in your checking account will not keep up with the engine of inflation. The outcome of the cash vs. inflation scenario is known before the race even starts.

It’s important to remember that price and value can be different. Price simply refers to the amount something costs in terms of a given currency. Value refers to the worth, usefulness, or utility you get out of it. Price and value don’t always line up perfectly.

Think of it this way, would you rather have something that fluctuates in price, and has the potential to appreciate in value, or something that is stable in price but will slowly lose its value over time? Cash may feel safe because the price is stable, but in our current environment, it is no different than an ice cube sitting on your deck on a warm spring day – its value is continuously melting away.

How do we change the outcome?

There are many ways to try and beat inflation and, at minimum, maintain your value, but all require the willingness to accept price fluctuations along the way. One thing we know with high probability is the engine on the cash go-kart is losing every minute to the engine on the inflation go-kart

This blog is general communication being provided for informational purposes only.  This information is in no way a solicitation or offer to sell securities or investment advisory services.  It is educational in nature and not to be taken as advice or a recommendation for any specific investment product or investment strategy.  This does not contain sufficient information to support an investment decision.  Any investment or investment strategy mentioned may not be suitable for all investors or in their best interest.   Statistical information, quotes, charts, references to articles or any other quoted statement or statements regarding market or other financial information is obtained from sources which we believe reliable, but we do not warrant or guarantee the timeliness or accuracy of this information. All rights are reserved.  No part of this blog including text, graphics, et al, may be reproduced or copied in any format, electronic, print, et al, without written consent from Fidelis Wealth Advisors, LLC. Fidelis Wealth Advisors does not provide legal or tax advice.  Please be advised to consult with your investment advisor, attorney or tax professional before making any investment decisions.

Market Snapshot 10.18.2021

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  • Chinese third quarter economic growth has slowed by a large amount, with this quarters gross domestic product numbers coming in at just 4.7% growth, compared to 18.1% growth in the first quarter of the year. This is likely due to serious issues with supply chains originating from China as well as a serious energy crisis for Chinese producers.
  • The change in core product inflation (CPI) has hit a 25-year high, reaching 4% inflation growth readings annually for the first time since the mid 90’s. This is in part due to large increases in shipping costs over the past year.
  • The US Treasury has frozen access to Afghani government dollar reserves held offshores, putting a fiscal embargo on the Taliban. This has had dramatic consequences for the country, with the poverty rate expected to reach 98% by 2022. The poverty rate in Afghanistan at the start of 2020 was 48%.

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This blog is general communication being provided for informational purposes only.  This information is in no way a solicitation or offer to sell securities or investment advisory services.  It is educational in nature and not to be taken as advice or a recommendation for any specific investment product or investment strategy.  This does not contain sufficient information to support an investment decision.  Any investment or investment strategy mentioned may not be suitable for all investors or in their best interest.   Statistical information, quotes, charts, references to articles or any other quoted statement or statements regarding market or other financial information is obtained from sources which we believe reliable, but we do not warrant or guarantee the timeliness or accuracy of this information. All rights are reserved.  No part of this blog including text, graphics, et al, may be reproduced or copied in any format, electronic, print, et al, without written consent from Fidelis Wealth Advisors, LLC. Fidelis Wealth Advisors does not provide legal or tax advice.  Please be advised to consult with your investment advisor, attorney or tax professional before making any investment decisions.

Market Snapshot 09.27.2021

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  • All countries in the organization for economic cooperation and development have finally agreed to the proposed global tax agreement for multinational corporations. This new agreement is expected to generate $150 Billion in global income. OECD has not laid out a timeline for the rollback of regional laws.
  • Chinese manufacturing centers of the country are facing large power shortages as the price of coal has gone up nearly 300% in the region. Currently analysts are predicting a 15% decrease in industrial output as the Chinese rust belt faces these coal shortages.
  • Crude oil has hit a 7-year high, recently crossing above $80 a barrel. The last time oil was this high was 2014, and just a year and a half ago oil was trading as low as negative prices.

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This blog is general communication being provided for informational purposes only.  This information is in no way a solicitation or offer to sell securities or investment advisory services.  It is educational in nature and not to be taken as advice or a recommendation for any specific investment product or investment strategy.  This does not contain sufficient information to support an investment decision.  Any investment or investment strategy mentioned may not be suitable for all investors or in their best interest.   Statistical information, quotes, charts, references to articles or any other quoted statement or statements regarding market or other financial information is obtained from sources which we believe reliable, but we do not warrant or guarantee the timeliness or accuracy of this information. All rights are reserved.  No part of this blog including text, graphics, et al, may be reproduced or copied in any format, electronic, print, et al, without written consent from Fidelis Wealth Advisors, LLC. Fidelis Wealth Advisors does not provide legal or tax advice.  Please be advised to consult with your investment advisor, attorney or tax professional before making any investment decisions.

Nancy Tagovailoa

PROFESSIONAL

Nancy has worked in the financial services industry for the past 25 years.  She is passionate about providing an unforgettable customer experience throughout onboarding, account opening and throughout the relationship.  Nancy works hard to make the client experience as easy and efficient as possible.

 

PERSONAL

Nancy was born in Norfolk, Nebraska, but has been in Colorado since she was 6 months old so considers herself a native.   In her free time, she enjoys gardening, painting, and spending time with her family and grandchildren.  Nancy lives in Centennial, Colorado with her husband, Lima.

Karley Winder

PROFESSIONAL
Karley Winder recently joined Fidelis Wealth Advisors as an intern. She is an undergraduate at Arapahoe Community College and is soon transferring to University of Colorado Denver business school to earn her Bachelor’s in Financial Management. Karley also has several years of entrepreneurial experience from starting her own local businesses. She has sincere interest in the field of finance and is eager to gain experience.

PERSONAL

Karley is a Colorado native and has lived in Castle Rock since she was a young girl. She enjoys horseback riding, Pilates, and mountain biking in her free time.

Rilee Erickson

PROFESSIONAL
Rilee comes to Fidelis Wealth Advisors with a background in Financial Services, having previous experience in property and casualty insurance, as well as life insurance. Rilee graduated from the University of Wyoming with a Bachelor of Science in Agribusiness and Horticulture Sciences. Rilee’s passion is helping people protect their family and their future.

 

PERSONAL
Rilee is a Wyoming native and resides in Big Piney, Wyoming with her husband and two boys. Rilee enjoys spending a lot of time outdoors and exploring the beautiful and rugged Wyoming Range.

Skye Fineran

PROFESSIONAL
Skye comes to Fidelis Wealth Advisors as an Administrative Assistant in 2021 and is a recent graduate from West Texas A&M University. There she earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management. Skye also completed Amarillo College’s paralegal certification program. Skye enjoys the rewarding feeling of helping clients to achieve their financial goals and looks forward to making a difference at Fidelis Wealth Advisors.

 

PERSONAL
Skye grew up in Tecumseh, Michigan and currently resides in Castle Rock, Colorado with her family. Skye loves art history, playing golf, and spending time with her family and friends.

RIA Innovations

Fidelis Wealth Advisors has a strategic partnership with RIA Innovations, a Division of NWAM, LLC. RIA Innovations provides administrative support services for registered investment advisors nationwide. This service is under the direction of Nelly Mubashi, the Chief Operating Officer.

 

NWAM, LLC, dba Northwest Asset Management & RIA Innovations is an SEC registered investment adviser. NWAM, LLC dba Northwest Asset Management & RIA Innovations and Fidelis Wealth Advisors, LLC are not affiliated companies.

Gabriel Jones

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Gabe started with Fidelis Wealth Advisors as an Investment Research Assistant in 2018, and has an intense passion for investment research.


PERSONAL
Gabe is currently in college to obtain his Bachelors in Finance, and enjoys spending time outside of work hiking and reading.

Dawn Folmer

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Dawn Folmer comes to Fidelis Wealth Advisors with a background in the finance industry, having previous experience with a registered investment advisory firm in Denver. Dawn is a recent graduate of Colorado State University Global, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Leadership. As a skilled financial planning assistant, she enjoys the rewarding feeling of helping people reach their financial dreams and retirement goals.

 

PERSONAL
Dawn is a Colorado native and resides in Castle Rock with her family, where they enjoy being adventurous and active in the outdoors. Additionally, she is passionate about travel, food, and playing golf.

Jeff Bullock

PROFESSIONAL
Jeff joined Fidelis Wealth Advisors after spending nearly 10 years working at J.P. Morgan Wealth Management in their Private Bank. As Chief Investment Officer, he is responsible for the overall investment strategy, portfolio construction, and market insights for clients.

 

Jeff held various roles during his decade at J.P. Morgan, including working as an investment specialist on their trading desk, where he was responsible for managing and trading investment portfolios for High Net-Worth families and non-profit foundations throughout the Rocky Mountain region. Jeff helped co-manage over $4.0 billion of investment assets and gained broad experience in portfolio construction and investment strategy, as well as in-depth knowledge in a variety of asset classes and markets. In recent years, Jeff was part of the leadership team that trained new advisors and established an expansion office in Utah.

 

Jeff loves helping people with their money-related questions and management. Very simply, his goal is to help others continuously improve their financial situation, regardless of the current condition. His framework centers around sound advice and proper decision-making by engaging in honest discussion and taking a long-term approach.

 

PERSONAL
Jeff holds a B.S. in Accounting from Brigham Young University. He is a native to Colorado and loves playing golf and being outdoors. He lives in Highlands Ranch with his wife Nicole, and their two children.

Lorie C. Jones, MBA, CFP®

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Lorie began working in financial services in 2013 with a Registered Investment Advisory firm in South Denver. She started as a paraplanner and provided technology and operations support before transitioning to a Client Services Manager role with Empower Retirement. There she managed a book of 300+ Core Market plans before joining Fidelis Wealth Advisors.


Lorie enjoys the challenges presented by financial planning and is rewarded by helping clients thoroughly understand the complexities of finance so they can be better informed and in control of their planning.


In addition to securities licenses, she holds health, life, accident, property, and casualty insurance licenses in the state of Colorado and completed her CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ designation from the CFP® Board of Standards. She is also a member of the Financial Planning Association (FPA).


PERSONAL
Lorie graduated from Colorado State University with an MBA. She enjoys running and has participated in several marathons and half-marathons around the country. She also enjoys hiking with her family, traveling with her husband David and their five children, and working with the cub scout and boy scout programs, including volunteering with the district.