Private equity investing is often described as a superior alternative to public equity investing with studies citing private equity’s historical outperformance vis-a-vis the S&P 500 Index. However, these studies frequently do not adjust for issues such as 1) appropriate benchmark selection, 2) current market valuations, 3) illiquidity, and 4) high fees.
Famed investor Warren Buffett generated fantastic returns over the course of his life by following a specific strategy of making investments in deeply undervalued companies when nobody else was interested in them. In the example quoted above, Warren Buffett took advantage of an outstanding buying opportunity in South Korea, once again committing capital to investments that were unpopular while avoiding those investments that were popular.
To learn more about this relatively new business structure and its application in financial services, we talked with Matt Blume and Pat Herrington of Appleseed Capital—an independent, socially responsible wealth management firm and advisor to the Appleseed Fund, a mutual fund— which has been a B Corporation since 2015.
“The four most expensive words in the English language are ‘this time it’s different.’” It’s different this time, and it’s also not different this time. It’s different this time because the credit-driven U.S. economy is burdened with a monumental level of financial obligations relative to GDP.
Proper estate planning adds complexity to your life, but a well thought-out estate plan can make a big difference in the inheritance left for your loved ones.
By Adam Strauss
“I think I’ve been in the top five percent of my age cohort almost all my adult life in understanding the power of incentives, and yet I’ve always underestimated that power. Never a year passes but I gets some surprise that pushes a little…”