Bear Mountain Capital Inc.

Commodities?!? Really!?

| November 5, 2015

How do you solve a problem like commodities? Sound of Music, anyone? Well, if you are not a fan of musicals, that is okay. Chances are at this point in the market cycle, you are probably not a fan of commodities, either. Commodity prices are clearly a hot-topic right now and not in a good way.  As anyone who owns commodities knows, returns for the asset class have been more than frustrating the…

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Are the Markets Scaring You?

| October 9, 2015

      Halloween is almost upon us and it seems the market is doing its part to spook investors.  As a result, many people may experience higher levels of anxiety regarding their investments. We prepared the following commentary as part of our most recent quarterly update to our clients.  We think it provides useful perspective. Market Volatility The global equity markets the past two quarters can be summed up in one word: volatile.  As…

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Backdoor Roth IRA’s – Are They a Good Idea?

| February 17, 2015

Many people are aware of the benefits of a Roth IRA: you put your after-tax money into it, after 20 or 30 years when you retire, you pull all of the money out tax-free.  This can be a big benefit when you consider the effect of compounding returns over time. However, not everyone can contribute to a Roth IRA.  The reality is the IRS puts limitations on who can contribute…

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The Fed, Rising Rates and Senior Bank Loans?

| September 18, 2013

In the media there is a lot of talk about the Federal Reserve Board (“the Fed”) and its chairman, Ben Bernanke. The Fed is often charged with managing the country’s monetary policy. Monetary policy helps manage the amount of actual money in the financial system and helps establish interest rates for US borrowers. Currently, the Fed is taking extraordinary steps to keep interest rates low in order to help facilitate…

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Index Funds or Active Management?

| June 21, 2012

Did you know that most active equity mutual fund managers under perform their peer benchmarks over time?  As the time period stretches past 10, 15 or 20 years, the amount of under performance can be staggering. Under-Performance in US Equities According to data compiled by The Vanguard Group (Phillips, Christopher. “The case for indexing.” Valley Forge, PA: The Vanguard Group, 2012.) the percentage of actively managed US equity funds that…

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