Thought Leadership

What’s So Great About Private Equity?

What’s So Great About Private Equity?

By Robert Kleinschmidt on March 31, 2016

Over the past few decades, private equity has gained cachet among investors much the way hedge funds did in an earlier era. Many of today’s investors believe that private equity represents a new and superior asset class. But it is neither. Far from new, it is the oldest form of equity investing. As for superiority, …

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Caveat Emptor

Caveat Emptor

By Paul Kleinschmidt on September 17, 2015

Buyer beware: ETF’s may not be what they appear Exchange Traded Funds (ETF’s) have been all the rage the past few years as money has flowed out of actively managed portfolios and into investment vehicles that mirror various indices. After all, portfolio managers rarely outperform the broader stock indices and the overwhelming majority of actively …

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It’s Never Too Early

It’s Never Too Early

By Michael Meltzer on March 24, 2014

Roth 401(k)s and Other Fun Stuff As one of the younger portfolio managers at Tocqueville, I tend to focus a lot of my time on developing investment strategies for my peers. Unfortunately, most people don’t start thinking about their retirement until they are in their forties. Better late than never, but I believe there is …

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Fortifications

By Kenneth E. Lee on December 1, 2017

San Antonio, Texas, was the site of a thirteen day siege of the Alamo Mission by Mexican troops in 1836. The men defending the Alamo fought for independence from Mexico. In the months prior to this siege, Texian (Texan) soldiers had successfully driven Mexican troops out of Texas, creating great hope and enthusiasm for the independence cause. Thus, the Battle of the Alamo was a shock: the few Texan combatants who surrendered on …

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On Optimism

By Kenneth E. Lee on October 2, 2017

“The man who isn’t a pessimist is a damned fool.” – Mark Twain Is the grizzled, cynical investor the more successful one?  Are his cynicism and negativity a sign of intelligence and experience? Do we perceive the pessimistic person as more intelligent than the optimistic one, and if so what relevance does this have to …

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