Underperforming holdings: Hold or sell?

If you’ve invested in the stock and bond market for any amount of time, you’ve likely experienced one or two of your investment holdings losing value over some time period. Occasionally these holdings bounce back quickly, but not always. If some of your holdings seem to be lagging behind others or underperforming the market in… Read more »

Executive Corner

Not only are we celebrating the arrival of spring, we continue to mark – and celebrate – JNBA’s 40th anniversary, and a few new team members! We had great fun sharing Mother’s Day weekend with Richard’s mom, our Founder, Judith Brown reflecting on what has changed since we opened our doors, and what’s stayed the… Read more »

Economic & Market Update

Since hitting all-time highs at the end of April, U.S. stocks have quickly retreated in May, losing 4.5% from their record peak. Meanwhile, global stocks are down in lockstep from their April highs. How fast narratives change! Last fall, investors were becoming more optimistic that a favorable trade deal might get done and fretted about… Read more »

Economic & Market Update

What a Difference a Year Makes Our 2017 year-end review was highlighted by low volatility and above-average returns for most all asset classes. In sharp contrast, 2018 was a year in which essentially zero asset classes advanced. No major asset class gained more than 5 percent for the first time since at least 1972. Stocks… Read more »

Executive Corner

Happy New Year! As JNBA celebrates our 40th year in business in 2019, it’s a perfect opportunity to reflect about where we’ve been, where we are, and, just as important, where we’re going.  Over the holidays, Richard and I sat down with our firm’s founder, Richard’s mother Judi Brown, to get her perspective on JNBA’s early… Read more »

Executive Corner

Financial advisors deliver financial advice – it’s a simple concept at the core of our industry. But what factors and motivations are driving that advice? Typically, the answer varies from financial advisor to financial advisor. I’ve been thinking about that question quite a bit lately, and for JNBA, the answer is clear: advocacy. Our financial… Read more »

Economic & Market Update

October can be a scary month for all types of reasons: Halloween, dark evenings, ominous clouds, your favorite football team’s hopes crushed, political changes on the horizon, and as has happened many times in the past, market volatility that escalates. On several occasions the JNBA Investment Committee had written and discussed the idea that the… Read more »

Correlation and the Benefits of Diversification

Correlation is generally defined in the investment world as a statistic that measures the degree to which assets change in value relative to one another. However, diversification is a methodology practiced to reduce risk within a portfolio by combining assets (or investments) that have low correlations amongst themselves, thereby providing higher expected risk adjusted returns.… Read more »

2017 Year-End and Gifting Deadlines

As we wrap up the last weeks of the year, here are some important year-end and gifting dates to keep in mind:   Required Minimum Distributions: December 21 Roth IRA Conversions: December 21 Establishing a 2017 Qualified Retirement Plan (QRP): December 29 Charitable Gift Deadlines Please note the following Charitable Gift deadlines: Gift requests of… Read more »

JNBA Intern Perspectives

This past summer, JNBA became home to four interns. “We started the summer uncertain about what to expect. On our first day, we met the team, and by the end of the summer, everyone felt like family. During the summer we received exposure to every part of the company and truly saw what it takes… Read more »