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Our unique approach to investing is based on a solid academic foundation designed to lead to successful client experiences. This approach helps us come to a deeper understanding of the financial landscape, and helps clients reach their financial goals.

The results of our thinking on financial topics lives in these pages: a library of white papers, market commentary, and more, all designed to provide insights on financial planning in today’s marketplace, and to help you understand our firm.

Wouldn’t it be great if you could attain predictable success in your investment portfolio, the kind of success that was understandable, systematic, and repeatable? In his book, Predictable Success, consultant Les McKeown describes how organizations in pursuit of long-term success develop repeatable, systematic, “predictably successful” approaches to their operations. Investors would do well to pursue the same goal. What are the systematic approaches to investing that lead to more predictably successful outcomes,...

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We recently expanded our graphs section, providing review of the monthly performance of various asset classes including benchmark indices and representative mutual funds used by Foster Group in the execution of our portfolio allocation strategy. We hope you’ll find these graphs helpful and informative. If you have any questions or suggestions, please let us know via email at info@fostergrp.com....

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When it comes to reducing your income tax bill, giving to charity is one of the easiest ways to do that, and millions of Americans give generously each year. But when it comes to maximizing the tax efficiency of your charitable giving, the donor advised fund may be the best tool in the charitable giving toolbox. Often hosted by a community foundation such as the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines,...

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A pencil can be a great learning tool. I’m not referring to the obvious fact that you can write and take notes with one. Many years ago, I went through a finance class where the teacher used a pencil to help me understand the inverse relationship between bond prices and interest rates. His explanation went like this: Hold a pencil horizontally in front of you. The left end of the pencil represents the...

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Market volatility, this year notwithstanding, tends to unnerve even the calmest of investors. When the market is dropping, investors like holding assets that maintain their value. When the market is going up, they prefer assets that are going up, not just holding steady. So how do we get the best of both worlds? How do we know what to hold and how much to hold at any particular time? That’s...

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“Science is the pursuit and application of knowledge and understanding of the natural and social world following a systematic methodology based on evidence.”

Science Council, www.sciencecouncil.org

Consider the following two questions: Question 1: If you had symptoms of a potential serious health problem, would you:

a.) consult a physician, possibly more than one, undergo testing, and choose the doctor and treatment option that, through careful clinical...

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Foster Group is honored to have worked with the Iowa Medical Society for the past 25 years offering investment management, advanced financial planning, and retirement plan consulting services. We invite you to come and experience all that Foster Group has to offer.

This Vectors & Viewpoints Edition includes:
• Why Does the Value of Bonds Fall When Interest Rates Go Up? - Page 1 • Recent Awards...

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When the prices of goods and services increase over time, consumers can buy fewer of them with every dollar they have saved. This erosion of the real purchasing power of wealth is called inflation. Inflation is an important element of investing. In many cases, the reason for saving today is to support future spending. Therefore, keeping pace with inflation is a crucial goal for many investors. To help understand inflation’s...

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We recently expanded our graphs section, providing review of the monthly performance of various asset classes including benchmark indices and representative mutual funds used by Foster Group in the execution of our portfolio allocation strategy. We hope you’ll find these graphs helpful and informative. If you have any questions or suggestions, please let us know via email at info@fostergrp.com....

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Complexity is sometimes a necessary evil in estate planning. However with individual estate tax exemptions now more than $11,000,000, indexed to inflation, and portable between spouses, many families will find that existing complexity in their wealth succession plans is no longer necessary. Potentially, it could be counter-productive. An “audit” of the family’s wealth transfer plan by a qualified estate planning attorney may identify opportunities to simplify or eliminate existing irrevocable...

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