Heroes Crying.

An institution that should always fight for progress and reform, never tolerate injustice or corrupton, always fight demagogues of all parties, never belong to any party, always oppose privileged classes and public plunderers, never lack sympathy with the poor, always remain devoted to the public welfare, never be satisfied with merely printing news, always be drastically independent, never be afraid to attack wrong, whether by predatory plutocracy or predatory poverty.

–Joseph Pulitzer, May 10, 1883, in an editorial upon becoming publisher of the New York World (reproduced on a bronze plaque on the Times Tower, New York City)

Delving into my 3rd publication about Hunter S. Thompson, I continue to find shocking similarities, but more of whom I replicate on the inside than the outburst of pure insanity. I have not the courage nor the ability to articulate transparency of thoughts, like Mr. Thompson, a brilliant rogue, observing beatniks and blasting political servants.

And if I’m ever to be worth anything I honestly think it will have to be in the realm of fiction (which is) the only way I can live with my imagination, point of view, instincts, and all those other intangilbes that make people nervous in my journalism.–HS Thompson

Elders may relate more to the death of Elvis Presley (1935 – 1977), and some, more jagged in culture, Jimmy Hendrix (1942 – 1970.) I can relate, but only because of my deep roots, in Memphis, Tennessee, do I somewhat understand Elvis. And my home, in upper Fernwood, Topanga Canyon, viewed horizontally, across the gorge, framing Jimmy Hendrix home, on the ‘hot side’ of the Santa Monica Range. From the locals, I’d listen to, peers of Elvis and Hendrix, tell stories of their brilliance, blowing my mind.

But my generation, Gen X, the icon is Kurt Donald Cobain (1967 – 1994.) He defined our generation with legendary acoustic performances, sharing what many of us felt, on the inside, but didn’t know how to get it out. Only through music, his music.

Many of us are not sure exactly why, but when Phillip Seymour Hoffman died, a part of us died with him.

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Relating to a multitude of his characters, intimacy reigned supreme, both light and dark.

So many of us affected by suicide, a climatic life event that’s not only disappointing but also humbling to the point of pondering why wasn’t I enough to live for.

travel (ck backpack spain)Charles Kochel writes. Sometimes found wandering the Ozark Mountain streams.

A novice mandolin rookie, but learning just the same. A terrible gardener continuing to try his best to grow healthy food for his family.

His moderate fly fishing skills he considers asana, but only he makes much sense of it, and this is ok.

Mindfulness is sanity.

 

Do No Harm

Mindful Wealth is about putting your whole heart, mind and soul into everything you do, including your financial resources. Too many times have we heard, you can’t serve two masters, in the case of wealth management, you can – investing for profit and making a positive impact in society.

It’s time we all take a look at our portfolios and make sure they are aligned with what matters most in our life. If you’re new to the term “impact investing”, it is a bit overwhelming. The alphabet soup of ESG, SRI … they go on and on.

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To educate further on impact investing, we need to clarify some myths.

  1. Impact Investing earns lower returns – The reality is the US core sustainable portfolio outperformed the Russell 3000 over a 5 year period, ending March 31, 2015 by nearly 30 basis points.
  2. There are limited investment options – In 1995, impact investing had only about 100 funds representing about $500 million. 2014, over 900 funds representing over $6.5 Trillion.
  3. Impact Investing is fringe and uncrowded – Many of the largest, most mindful institutions, companies and money managers have adopted the principles of Impact Investing.
  4. There’s one way to do impact investing – Engage investors to learn what matters most to them. Divest your portfolio, until it does no harm and invest to make a difference … it’s this easy.
  5. Your investing and Philanthropy should be kept separate – A portfolio that does not harm and makes a positive impact on society has an expected return par to a portfolio for financial return only.

The notion that what makes a good fiduciary investment and what makes a good societal investment are distinctly different, are just not correct.  ~Tim Schmidt, CIO, Prudential Insurance

We help foundations and families align their financial resources to what matters most, their mission in life. For more information about how to get started investing and doing good, contact our team at Yield Wealth. info@yieldwealth.com. http://www.yieldwealth.com.

It’s time to make the world a better place. Let’s cut harm from our investments and focus on making a positive impact on society.

Charles KochelCharles Kochel founded Yield Wealth Management to help foundations and families align their financial resources with what matters most.

Yield Wealth is one of the first benefit corporations in Arkansas and one of the first pure impact investing companies in the south. This blog is meant for information purposes only. Do not take this as investment advice. For more information about impact investing or how to align your financial resources to what matters most to you, contact us at info@yieldwealth.com

ALL ABOUT IMPACT

Charles KochelThe night of Sunday, September 14, 2008, I sat, legs swinging over the Hudson River on the Jersey side, staring across the river at the space where the twin towers once stood. Just to the right, employees of Lehman Brothers were walking into a tall building empty-handed, only a few minutes later to reappear with a small box of personal belongings. At this moment, I realized there was more to life than money.”

Most foundations and charitable families have a mission guiding their grant giving, but not their investing. As a result, many are shocked to learn that they own companies and bonds that are actually working at cross-purposes to the stated mission.

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INVEST AND DO GOOD

Impact Investing – Investments made in companies, organizations, and funds with the intention to generate measurable social and environmental impact and a financial return.

Impact Investing, summed up in four words…Invest and Do Good. Ultimately, impact investing is a tool for generating financial return by connecting investors to issues they care most about.

For many years, philanthropy and investing were separate disciplines—one championing social change, the other financial gain. The idea that the two approaches could be integrated in the same deals—in essence, delivering a financial return while doing good—struck most philanthropists and most investors as far-fetched. Not anymore. Impact investing, which seeks to generate social and environmental benefits while delivering a financial return, is growing in popularity.

We believe, a mindset to invest and do good will create significant wealth and enjoyed by investors in organizations that generate rather than consume, that respect human rights and nature’s limitations, and that aim to create benefit for the greatest number of stakeholders, not just shareholders. We want to help foundations and charitable families identify what matters most to them, and align their financial resources toward those outcomes.
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Yield Wealth Management helps foundations and charitable families align their financial resources with what matters most, their mission in life.

This blog represents opinions. Do not take as investment advice. For more information about Yield Wealth or to schedule a conversation, email info@yieldwealth.com

WALL STREET’S FAST AND FURIOUS

Invest & Do Good

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13. Year 1999: The Glass-Steagall Act, repealed.

My financial advice practice started in February 1999 at Salomon Smith Barney. Soon after, I was the in the midst of the biggest financial fiasco since the great depression…the U.S. economy paid the price a decade later. Over the years, legislators and regulators chipped away at Glass-Steagall leading to its repeal in 1999. The law prevents Insurance, Investment Banking, Brokerages, and Banking from commingling their services. Soon after, my beloved Salamon Smith Barney, became Citigroup – A collaboration of Salamon Smith Barney (investments and investment banking), Citibank (banking) and Travelers (insurance) become the 1st giant, too big to fail, under the leadership of a wise man, Sandy Weil. This was the beginning of the end…

Lesson learned – Bigger is seldom Better. Greed is bad.

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12. Year 2000: Bursting of the dot.com, or technology, bubble
The Internet was hip. Entrepreneurs’ potential in online business made…

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The Seven Roles of an Advisor

authorMay 6, 2015
Jim Parker, Vice President
Dimensional Fund Advisors
“Outside the Flags”
What is a financial advisor for? One view is that advisors have unique insights into market direction that give their clients an advantage. But of the many roles a professional advisor should play, soothsayer is not one of them.

The truth is that no one knows what will happen next in investment markets. And if anyone really did have a working crystal ball, it is unlikely they would be plying their trade as an advisor, broker, analyst, or financial journalist.

Some folks may still think an advisor’s role is to deliver market-beating returns year after year. Generally, those are the same people who believe good advice equates to making accurate forecasts.

But in reality, the value a professional advisor brings is not dependent on the state of markets. Indeed, their value can be even more evident when volatility and emotions are running high.

The best of this new breed play multiple and nuanced roles with their clients, beginning with the needs, risk appetites, and circumstances of each individual and irrespective of what is going on in the world.

None of these roles involve making forecasts about markets or economies. Instead, the roles combine technical expertise with an understanding of how money issues intersect with the rest of people’s complex lives.

Indeed, there are at least seven hats an advisor can wear to help clients without ever once having to look into a crystal ball:

  1. The Expert: Now, more than ever, investors need advisors who can provide client-centered expertise in assessing the state of their finances and developing risk-aware strategies to help them meet their goals.
  2. The Independent Voice: The global financial turmoil of recent years demonstrated the value of an independent and objective voice in a world full of product pushers and salespeople.
  3. The Listener: The emotions triggered by financial uncertainty are real. A good advisor will listen to clients’ fears, tease out the issues driving those feelings, and provide practical, long-term answers.
  4. The Teacher: Getting beyond the fear-and-flight phase often is just a matter of teaching investors about risk and return, diversification, the role of asset allocation, and the virtue of discipline.
  5. The Architect: Once these lessons are understood, the advisor becomes an architect, building a long-term wealth management strategy that matches each person’s risk appetites and lifetime goals.
  6. The Coach: Even when the strategy is in place, doubts and fears inevitably arise. At this point, the advisor becomes a coach, reinforcing first principles and keeping the client on track.
  7. The Guardian: Beyond these experiences is a long-term role for the advisor as a kind of lighthouse keeper, scanning the horizon for issues that may affect the client and keeping them informed.

These are just seven valuable roles an advisor can play in understanding and responding to clients’ whole-of-life needs, which are a world away from the old notions of selling product off the shelf or making forecasts.

For instance, a person may first seek out an advisor purely because of their role as an expert. But once those credentials are established, the main value of the advisor, in the client’s eyes, may be as an independent voice.

Knowing the advisor is independent—and not plugging product—can lead the client to trust the advisor as a listener or sounding board, someone to whom they can share their greatest hopes and fears.

From this point, the listener can become the teacher, architect, coach, and, ultimately, the guardian. Just as people’s needs and circumstances change over time, the nature of the advice service evolves.

These are all valuable roles in their own right and are not dependent on outside forces such as the state of the investment markets or the point of the economic cycle.

However you characterize these various roles, good financial advice ultimately is defined by the patient building of a long-term relationship founded on the values of trust and independence and knowledge of each individual.

Now, how can you put a price on that?

saute image ckCharles Kochel founded Yield Wealth Management to help people and foundations invest and do good. To learn more about Yield Wealth or set a time to visit email info@yieldwealth.com.

This blog is not to be used for investment advice.