September Market Commentary

September started out great and ended with a whimper. The market as measured by the S&P 500 reached an all-time high two weeks ago when the S&P closed at 2011. Subsequently we have corrected 4% on an intra-day basis. Most pundits have been calling for a correction for months and the majority are looking for something like 10%. In an ongoing Bull Market you can always expect a 4-7% correction at any time as this is quite normal and our guess is any correction will be contained within those bands. Currently the markets are trading not on economics but on geo-political factors. We have had the Ukrainian situation, Scottish Independence, Hong Kong Demonstrations and ongoing turmoil in the Middle East. Somehow the large cap domestic markets have shrugged this off and only declined 4%. We believe this is encouraging and bodes well for better markets. It is noteworthy that after a mid-term election the markets have not declined once since 1946. This too should pass.

Coldstream Sponsors 2014 SCIAW Green Lake Walk & Roll

We are excited to be sponsoring the Spinal Cord Injury Association of Washington’s 4th Annual Walk & Roll!walk and roll

The first SCIAW Green Lake Walk & Roll was held in October 2011 in partnership with the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. They raised over $11,000 and hosted over 200 participants.

Money raised for this event goes to the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation whose mission is “to find the cure” AND to the Spinal Cord Injury Association of Washington where they raise money to fund a state-wide peer mentor program and promote quality of life.READ MORE

Bill Gross Leaves PIMCO for Janus

billgrossAs you may have heard, Bill Gross left PIMCO today for Janus Capital. Mr. Gross founded PIMCO; the firm was subsequently bought by Allianz. Apparently, Mr. Gross was forced out. He was the manager of PIMCO’s flagship Total Return Fund, which has underperformed its peers recently, but has a long and excellent track record. Currently, the Total Return Fund is on Coldstream’s approved manager list. The Coldstream Investment Strategies Group will meet on Tuesday to decide whether to keep the Total Return Fund on that approved list now that Mr. Gross has departed.

The sailing is smooth, sometimes

RocheHarborThis month, Kevin Fitzwilson and his team cruised by boat up to beautiful Roche Harbor to meet with Coldstream clients. A great time was had by all. The weather on the return trip, however, allowed this hearty crew to ‘soak up’ all the fun they could handle, earning a new and likely permanent respect for the words ‘small craft advisory’. It was a true team effort on the trip home, and Jenny Dunne contributed to our team’s safe return with her ability to repair windshield wipers, on-the-fly.

Coldstream Announces New Chief Investment Officer

HowardColdstream Capital Management, Bellevue, is pleased to announce the promotion of Howard Coleman to the position of Chief Investment Officer. Known for his upbeat and intensely driven nature, Coleman has led Coldstream’s Investment Strategy Group and been a member of the firm’s Investment Committee since his previous firm, Genesee Investments, LLC, was acquired by Coldstream in 2012. Prior to joining Coldstream, Coleman spent 15 years as General Counsel, Managing Director, and Investment Committee member for Genesee Investments, LLC, which managed several hedge funds and hedge funds of funds with peak assets totaling approximately $500 million. “Howard has articulated a compelling vision for Coldstream’s investment platform,” says COO Phil Platt. “We are confident his leadership will enhance Coldstream’s investment offering and help deliver strong risk adjusted returns for our clients.” Additionally, Coleman has served as an outside director to private equity and hedge funds, and he has chaired the Investment Committee and currently chairs the Board of Governors of Antioch University. He earned his BA in Political Science from Antioch College and JD from the University of Washington.READ MORE

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