Entries by Dennis Morton

15 Minutes of Fame

The competition for popularity, attention, and eyeballs is a way of life in the public sphere and always has been. The advent of personal branding has only put the “look at me” phenomenon on steroids. It has never been easier for a meteoric rise to take place in pop culture, politics, or business considering how […]

The Zeal of a Convert: My Origin Story

Earlier this year, in his weekend “Intelligent Investor” column in the Wall Street Journal, Jason Zweig wrote a memorial tribute to Jack Bogle, founder of the Vanguard Group, that compared him to St. Paul, the early Christian missionary. When Zweig wrote that Bogle “blazed with the zeal of the convert” the words jumped off of […]

Social Security: Apparently, We’re All Doing It Wrong

A study was released last week that found that 96% of Americans choose the wrong time to start their Social Security benefits. With the option to begin guaranteed payments as early as 62, more retirees are electing this premature option than should, according to the study.  If someone elects to wait until age 70, for […]

A Measure of Risk

There are two ways to measure how well you are doing in your investment account:  In percentages or in dollars.  Which feels worse: “I am down 5%” or “I am down $50,000”? For a $1,000,000 portfolio those are one and the same, but it is much more frequent that I hear down moves described in […]

June Market Note- Managing Expectations

In the last month, stock markets around the world have been adjusting expectations.  Expectations about the future are important because often it is not a matter of economies being good or bad that drives shares higher. Of greater concern is whether the economy is getting better or worse.  The U.S. economy growing at 2% instead […]

Who Needs a Plan? We Do. You Do.

It is a fair question to ask your financial advisor if he or she “eats their own cooking.” In other words, do they invest in the same way that they advise their clients to invest? If so, it shows that they have strong enough beliefs about investing to follow their own advice. That would be […]

A Moving Target: Thoughts on Target Date Funds

The Wall Street Journal ran a feature recently on the popular target date funds that are often found as an investment option inside of retirement plans. These funds are designed to manage risk based on the age that investor plans to retire, typically in five year increments (2020, 2025, etc.).  The use of these funds […]

One Year On: Freedom, Fearless, Celebrate

Morton Brown Family Wealth has crossed the milestone of one year since our founding. Katie and I continue to be overwhelmed with gratitude for the trust of the families whom we serve, the team who has bought into our vision, and all of the family and friends who give loving support for the work that […]