HighTower Advisors weekly segment on the Moneylife with Chuck Jaffe. Collective Wisdom, where we look at issues from different points of view and enable you to make smart, well informed decisions.
Hausberg: 'If people are not hearing from their advisor, they should hire a new one'
Jimmy Hausberg, managing partner at The Hausberg Group in Beverly Hills, Calif., says that people staying safe at home during coronavirus but watching the market plunge and the economy grind to a halt are wondering if they're seeing the start of the next Great Depression, and they need to be working with their financial counselors to address concerns, stay calm and to develop a tactical plan that protects their short-term interests while also looking at the long-term potential for a rebound and the investment vehicles and sectors that will lead a comeback.
Amid market firsts, veteran advisor sees traditional strategies deliver
Long-time HighTower money manager Andy Morse of Morse, Towey and White Group in New York acknowledges that the market's response around the coronavirus pandemic is unlike anything he's seen in his long career, but he notes that it resembles past events enough for him to know that calm and patience and adhering to strategies pursued before real trouble started will pay off in the end. He notes that the market's big gains in 2019 triggered the purchase of hedges and fixed-income that have already softened the blow, and that time will leave investors ultimately talking about the future recovery as much as the current downturn.
Thurgood: Be steady and consistent in your defensive measures
Adam Thurgood, managing director and partner at HighTower Advisors Las Vegas, says that investors shouldn't be shaken from diversification and other measures just because it looks like it's not working when the market has a terrible day. Even gold moved down big in the market's huge drop on March 9, he notes, but precious metals -- as well as high-quality corporate bonds and other safe havens and diversifiers -- did their job and held up well over the market's entire 20 percent drop from a high on February 12 through the March plunge. You're not defending against a bad day, Thurgood noted, but against bad conditions long-term.
Roger Shaffer: Eliminate the emotions from planning in today's market turmoil
Roger Shaffer, managing partner at Shaffer Wealth Management in Alpharetta, Ga., says that the financial-planning process doesn't change during times of market strife, and notes that investors and their advisers must focus on process and their ultimate individual goals in times of uncertainty. By focusing on personal needs and where they are in their own lives -- rather than falling into the news cycle and reacting to what the market is doing -- Shaffer says individuals can more easily ride out and profit from market turbulence.
Matthias Kuhlmey: Deflationary forces will challenge the global economy for years
Matthias Kuhlmey, chief development officer at highTower Advisors, returns to Collective Wisdom after a lengthy absence to give his take on worldwide investing, noting that he believes interest rates will be lower for longer because the global economy can't digest high rates now or in the foreseeable future. With the economy facing deflationary pressure, Kuhlmey said investors must find compelling market valuations and balance it with the personal investment policies and philosophies that push forward in spite of slowing economic forces.
Harris says the market shows signs that a mild pullback is coming
Matt Harris, head of the outsourced chief investment officer division at HighTower Advisors, said the market's is showing technical signs that mild trouble lays ahead, noting that the recent strength of the Standard and Poor's 500 index compared to its moving average -- where the benchmark is 11.5 percent above the average, which has occurred less than two percent of trading days over the last decade -- generally results in a two to five percent decline in two weeks to three months from when it first occurs.