Coldstream attending Schwab Impact

Coldstream members Hilary Clark, Catherine Williams and Liz McQueen attended the Schwab Impact event in Chicago.

IMPACT is an invitation-only industry conference where advisors come together with influential presenters, exhibitors, and subject-matter experts to learn about and collaborate on key issues and best practices. Every facet of the conference is designed to help attendees remain at the forefront of the industry.

Liz & Hilary

Darren Ritchie attaining the CAIA designation

Congratulations to Coldstream Senior Analyst Darren Ritchie for attaining the CAIA designation.

The Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (“CAIA”) program comprises a two-tier exam process through which one may earn the CAIA charter, the global mark of distinction in alternative investments.  The CAIA program curriculum covers a wide range of topics within the alternative universe, including professional standards and ethics, regulation, private equity, real estate, commodities and managed futures, hedge funds, structured credit, manager due diligence, risk management, and portfolio management.  Since its inception in 2003, more than 5,400 individuals in over 75 countries have earned the CAIA designation and thousands more have become candidates in the CAIA program.  The CAIA Association was co-founded by the Alternative Investment Management Association, the global trade association for the alternative industry, and the Center for International Securities and Derivatives Markets at the University of Massachusetts, a leader in alternative investment research and education.

Fashion Show to support BYTF

Coldstream partner Detlef Schrempf and his wife Mari were thrilled to be kicking off Fashion Week at The Bellevue Collection. It began in 2005 when Nordstrom asked the Detlef Schrempf Foundation to partner with them in producing this premier event. Thanks to Nordstrom’s leadership and generosity, this event has raised over $180,000 for local children’s charities. The show continually sells out, with 100% of tickets purchases going to the Detlef Schrempf Foundation and selected children’s charity partners. Past beneficiaries include: Central Area Youth Association; Clothes For Kids; Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center; Family & Adult Service Center; Bellevue Youth Theatre Foundation.READ MORE

Walk & Roll

Coldstream fielded a team of supporters for the recent 2nd Annual Green Lake Walk & Roll event. Evidence of the tremendous grass roots community support was found in the bushels of homemade tamales, the plentiful supply of water bottles and balloons, the dozens of donuts and the huge smiles provided by the cheers of sideline supporters. Mother Nature providing a beautiful sunny morning also helped enhance the experience!READ MORE

The Impact of Monetary Policy on Investing

When making investments on behalf of our clients our views are being shaped by monetary policies both in the U.S. and abroad.

The Taylor Rule

A number of years ago John Taylor, a Stanford professor and noted economist, came up with a formula to guide how our central bank should set and change their interest rate policy in response to changing economic environments in light of fulfilling a dual mandate of low inflation and maximum employment. The formula, known as “The Taylor Rule” is based on the long term equilibrium real interest rate plus adjustments for the difference between current inflation measures and the central bank’s inflation rate target, as well as the current level of economic growth (GDP) compared to economic growth associated with full employment. Although few central banks have an explicit dual mandate, when the Taylor Rule is applied to the central bank interest rate policies of developed and developing countries the conclusions are pretty clear. Developed and developing countries have had interest rate policies that are more accommodative (interest rates lower than they should be) than is necessary to stabilize prices and promote full employment. This accommodative policy has been the case for much of the last decade.READ MORE

Retirement Income Tax Strategies

Retirement, finally!  The time has come to stop working and start enjoying your retirement.  Over the years, you’ve made significant contributions to your retirement account, you have other assets, and, of course, Social Security at some point.  But, like most things, the transition from Saver to Spender is not as simple as turning off your salary and living from your retirement nest egg, there are a lot of questions that need to be addressed:  READ MORE

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