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Blog: Beyond the Numbers

Elections and Markets - Looking Back and Looking Forward

White House Washington DC

We are just days away from another consequential election, and the volume of related news is reaching a fever pitch. So let’s take a step back and take a deeper look into what history can teach us about our investment and wealth-building strategies moving forward.

Quarterly Insight

Third Quarter 2020 Newsletter

Third Quarter 2020 Newsletter

Back in March when stocks had fallen 35% in a matter of weeks, the near future looked bleak. With a worldwide shutdown in process and much of the economy at a standstill, it would have been hard to believe the best two-quarter gains in years were just ahead. This year is a reminder that life and markets are always unpredictable, and sometimes market behavior seems out of sync with current events.

Presentations

Special Edition - 2020 Virtual Forum

On Thursday, October 15th, Johnson Investment Counsel hosted our first-ever Virtual Wealth Management Forum. Our panel of speakers shared economic and market updates, a discussion on wealth and estate planning, as well as a brief review of the upcoming election and its potential impact on the markets. Here, you can view the recorded presentation and accompanying slides.

 

Blog: Beyond the Numbers

Learn to See Beyond the Volatility

Learn to See Beyond the Volatility
Concerned about your investments? We've helped clients successfully navigate the markets for over 55 years. With so many unknowns in the world, it’s important to take a step back, get a little perspective, and learn to see beyond the volatility.

Updates

Johnson Equity Income Fund Wins Award

Johnson Equity Income Fund Wins Award

Johnson Investment Counsel’s mutual fund has received the 2020 Lipper Fund Award in recognition of consistently strong risk-adjusted performance relative to its peers. The Johnson Equity Income Fund is a winner of the “Best Fund Over 3 Years” for Equity Income  Funds.

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5 Steps to Retirement Planning

A senior man and woman enjoy the view by a lake.
A successful retirement strategy isn’t just driven by numbers - we must also consider elements of our past such as money mindset, relationships, health and goals. Even with these differences, it’s valuable to follow a step-by-step framework when considering retirement. Learn the steps to plan for retirement and how you might work with a wealth advisor.

Research Edge Video

Introducing the Research Edge 40

Introducing the Research Edge 40

The region Johnson Investment Counsel serves is blessed to have many strong public companies in a wide variety of industries.  We’re establishing the Research Edge 40  – an index of S&P 500 companies out of Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, and Michigan – to help track those firms.  In this edition, Research Analysts Joe Edelstein and Chris Godby weigh in on BorgWarner, J. M. Smucker, Kroger, and Alliance Data Systems.

Updates

JIC Columbus Sponsors Financial Literacy Program

JIC Columbus Sponsors Financial Literacy Program
JIC Columbus is pleased to announce their sponsorship of the nonprofit organization Rock The Street, Wall Street (RTSWS) bringing the financial and investment literacy program for high school girls to The Metro Early College High School in Columbus, Ohio. This is the first time that Rock The Street, Wall Street will be available in Columbus.

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A Tale of Two Markets

A Tale of Two Markets

The sharp rebound in stocks has been one of the most surprising in decades. It’s happened in the midst of record unemployment numbers and the worst contraction in GDP in more than 70 years. If investors need to be reminded that economic growth and stock-market performance aren’t always in lockstep, 2020 is thus far the quintessential case study. 

Research Edge Video

Asset Allocation 101

Asset Allocation 101

Asset allocation has historically been the most important determinant of portfolio total return and volatility.  In this edition of the JIC Research Edge, President & CIO Jason Jackman and Senior Portfolio Manager Fred Brink discuss what asset allocation is and what role it plays in portfolio construction.  They also breakdown the asset allocation implications of the COVID-19 crisis.

Updates

P&G Profit Sharing Trust Zoom Workshops

P&G Profit Sharing Trust Zoom Workshops
Current and former P&G employees can learn more about their Profit Sharing Trust (PST) distribution options during this virtual workshop. Join JIC Senior Portfolio Manager, Mike Stanis, CFA, CFP®, who spent 17+ years with P&G as he shares what he learned about transitioning from P&G so that you can make the best decisions for your family.  

Quarterly Insight

Second Quarter 2020 Newsletter

Second Quarter 2020 Newsletter
The shocking, rapid outbreak of COVID-19 sent stocks plummeting in February and March, until they bottomed on March 23rd, down 35% from the peak. It was one of the fastest selloffs on record. But then one of the fastest rallies in history began. The S&P 500 Index gained nearly 21% in the second quarter, its best quarter in more than 20 years.

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Challenging Assumptions About When to Claim Social Security

Challenging Assumptions About When to Claim Social Security

For all of us there are any number of variables in a retirement plan. Social Security benefits factor in for almost everyone, with varying degrees of impact. Regardless of one’s wealth, it’s important to integrate Social Security benefits with asset allocation and portfolio withdrawal strategies to efficiently finance living expenses in retirement. 

Updates

2020 Patrick Chong Memorial Scholarship Recipients Awarded

2020 Patrick Chong Memorial Scholarship Recipients Awarded
Jason Jackman, President, presented the Patrick Chong Memorial Scholarships to two outstanding students, Nicole Moulas and Andrew Moulas. This is the first time in the history of the award that the two recipients have come from the same family.

Updates

Perspectives on Economic Reopening

Perspectives on Economic Reopening

In this update, President and Chief Investment Officer, Jason Jackman, CFA, and Director and Portfolio Manager Brandon Zureick, CFA, discuss the reopening of the economy and its impact on investors.

Updates

Revisiting Roth Conversions

Revisiting Roth Conversions

In this update, Senior Portfolio Manager Scott Wyckoff, CFA, CFP®, and Director of Northeastern Ohio Market and Portfolio Manager Tony Kure, CFP® discuss why it's worth revisiting Roth Conversions today.

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A Timely Revisit of the Roth Conversion

A Timely Revisit of the Roth Conversion
After a historic stock-market rebound, it’s a good time to survey the planning landscape from a more stable vantage point. Uncertainty is still pervasive. Even so, it is prudent to seek opportunities to make the best of these trying circumstances. Events thus far in 2020 have led to one such opportunity – the Roth conversion.

Updates

April 2020 Market Recap

April 2020 Market Recap
The outbreak of Covid-19 sent stocks plummeting in February and March, until they bottomed on March 23rd, down 35% from the peak. But since then, stocks have shot higher in dramatic fashion. The S&P 500 Index gained nearly 13% in April, its best one-month performance since 1987.

Updates

The Importance of High-Quality Stocks

The Importance of High-Quality Stocks
In this update, Senior Portfolio Manager Scott Wyckoff, CFA, CFP®, and Managing Director and Portfolio Manager Charles Rinehart, CFA, CAIA® discuss why high-quality stocks are an important component of a diversified investment portfolio.

Blog: Beyond the Numbers

The CARES Act: A Summary and Planning Strategies

The CARES Act: A Summary and Planning Strategies
The outbreak of COVID-19 has impacted us all, and millions of Americans are suffering financially as a direct result. In response, Congress recently passed the CARES Act, a $2-trillion stimulus package designed to alleviate the financial stress on individuals and business owners associated with the economic shutdown.  

Updates

The Importance of High-Quality Bonds

The Importance of High-Quality Bonds
In this update, Director and Portfolio Manager Brandon Zureick, CFA, explains our investment philosophy that bonds should be of the highest quality and provide portfolio stability, liquidity and reliable income, particularly during times of economic and market stress.

Quarterly Insight

First Quarter 2020 Newsletter

First Quarter 2020 Newsletter
As 2019 drew to a close, investors were enjoying a fantastic year of stock-market gains, unemployment had reached record lows, and the U.S. economic expansion appeared on track to continue into 2020. As always, there was a list of concerns confronting investors (impeachment, trade wars, and elections in particular), but no one knew how trivial those concerns would soon become.

Blog: Beyond the Numbers

Seeing Beyond the Red

Seeing Beyond the Red
Without a doubt, we are living through historic times. The shutdown of the global economy and the accompanying speed of the declines in stocks rivals the steepest selloffs in history. This crisis is playing out against an almost inescapable backdrop of news coverage and social media.

Updates

Update from President and Chief Investment Officer Jason Jackman

Update from President and Chief Investment Officer Jason Jackman
Listen to an update from Johnson Investment Counsel President and Chief Investment Officer Jason Jackman.

Updates

JIC Market Update - Frequently Asked Questions

JIC Market Update - Frequently Asked Questions
In conversations with clients in recent weeks we have discussed a number of issues related to the economy, markets, and the unfolding situation. We’ve compiled our answers to the most common of these questions below, and we will continue to share our perspective in the coming weeks.

Updates

Ohio Stay at Home Order – We Remain Fully Operational

Ohio Stay at Home Order – We Remain Fully Operational
Johnson Investment Counsel has been designated as an essential business, and will remain fully operational during the state of Ohio's Stay at Home Order. 

Updates

Our Perspective on the Current Crisis

Our Perspective on the Current Crisis
As your trusted advisor, it is our role to help you navigate through uncertain, challenging times like we are experiencing now. Read our latest message regarding the current crisis.

Updates

A Message Regarding COVID-19

A Message Regarding COVID-19
At Johnson Investment Counsel, the health and safety of our clients, employees, and their families is extremely important. We are monitoring the coronavirus situation and its impact closely in order to continue to provide you with the high level of service you expect.

Blog: Beyond the Numbers

Coronavirus Sparks Volatility

Coronavirus Sparks Volatility
As is typical in environments of higher volatility, steep selloffs have been somewhat offset by sharp increases. The volatility is likely to continue in the weeks ahead as investors try to sort through the noise, and the medical community along with policymakers try to respond to the situation.

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Wealth Planning Strategies for the SECURE Act

Wealth Planning Strategies for the SECURE Act
The SECURE Act was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Trump in December 2019 as an attachment to the broader government spending package. Based on the number of changes and new rules introduced or modified by this legislation alone, it could be argued this is the most comprehensive change to retirement and wealth planning in decades.

Research Edge Video

2020 Market Recap & Insights

2020 Market Recap & Insights
2019 was a strong year for the financial markets with equities posting robust gains. Are we likely to see a repeat of that performance in 2020 or are we poised for lower returns? In this edition of the JIC Research Edge, Portfolio Managers Charles Rinehart and Dan Barnett recap what happened in 2019 and provide an outlook for 2020.

Presentations

2020 Wealth Management Forum

2020 Wealth Management Forum
Jason Jackman, President, and Chief Investment Officer is joined by a panel of colleagues to discuss our current views on the markets. An overview of the 2020 political landscape is provided by guest speaker, Andy Laperriere from Cornerstone Macro.

Quarterly Insight

Fourth Quarter 2019 Newsletter

Fourth Quarter 2019 Newsletter
This past year was a successful one for the firm on multiple fronts. It was a tremendous year for investment results in both absolute and relative terms. While we believed our “slowing but growing” economic outlook could provide a decent backdrop for the stock market, the returns exceeded our expectations.

Blog: Beyond the Numbers

The SECURE Act: New Law Impacts Retirement and Estate Planning for Many Americans

The SECURE Act: New Law Impacts Retirement and Estate Planning for Many Americans
The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act was signed into law in December 2019 as part of a broader government spending package. The law includes many provisions designed to make saving for retirement easier and more accessible. However, other changes related to distributions from retirement accounts may not be as favorable.

Research Edge Video

Recapping 2019 and Gauging Recession Fears

Recapping 2019 and Gauging Recession Fears
2019 was an eventful year for the global economy, filled with geopolitical disputes and decelerating global growth.  In this edition of the JIC Research Edge, Economic Strategist Brandon Zureick and Portfolio Manager Skye Barry recap what happened in 2019 and provide our current views on the chance of recession.

Blog: Beyond the Numbers

Bear Markets and the Hidden Danger of "Safe" Investing

Bear Markets and the Hidden Danger of "Safe" Investing
As a banner year for the stock market draws to a close, it’s worth recalling where we were a year ago. After a strong start to 2018, the S&P 500 Index fell 19.9% during the fourth quarter, just barely avoiding an official bear market.

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The Gift of Planning for the End

The Gift of Planning for the End
Facing the issues associated with aging and dying is not fun for anyone. But we all have to face mortality sooner or later. Don't tarnish your legacy by leaving a mess for those you love. Instead, give the gift of planning for the end.

Research Edge Video

Showcasing the Johnson Equity Income Fund

Showcasing the Johnson Equity Income Fund
In this edition of the Research Edge, Portfolio Manager Charles Rinehart and Associate Portfolio Manager Tony Miliano introduce the Johnson Equity Income Fund and the goals it seeks to achieve.  They highlight our belief in the importance of investing in only the highest quality stocks and valuation's key role when making purchase decisions.

Blog: Beyond the Numbers

Keeping Uncle Sam in Mind When Allocating Investments

Keeping Uncle Sam in Mind When Allocating Investments
“Location, location, location” is a well-worn axiom keen-eyed investors employ when evaluating a potential real estate purchase. However, “location” can also be applied when thinking about the types of investment accounts that “house” stocks, bonds, and other investments.

Quarterly Insight

Third Quarter 2019 Newsletter

Third Quarter 2019 Newsletter
While the stock market posted a very modest increase for the third quarter, it’s still been a great year by historical standards, primarily due to strong performance during the first half of the year.

Blog: Beyond the Numbers

The Critical but Overlooked Factor in an Early Retirement

The Critical but Overlooked Factor in an Early Retirement
As advisors, we get to talk about how clients can enjoy retirement and still have resources to travel, help with the grandkids’ education, or buy that vacation home in the South. However, we must also include discussion on a critical and often overlooked drain on cash flow – health care costs.

Blog: Beyond the Numbers

Interesting Interest Rates

Interesting Interest Rates
When people talk about investing, bonds typically take a back seat to stocks. Typically the Steady-Eddie asset class, bond interest payments and return of principal never seem quite as exciting as the flashy world of the stock market.

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Uncle Sam May Change the Rules of Retirement Planning, Again

Uncle Sam May Change the Rules of Retirement Planning, Again
Navigating the shifting terrain of retirement, tax, and estate planning can be a complicated and arduous journey. With so many variables and moving pieces, the landscape is constantly evolving.

Quarterly Insight

Second Quarter 2019 Newsletter

Second Quarter 2019 Newsletter
An up-and-down second quarter resulted in further stock-market gains, capping off the best first half for the S&P 500 Index since 1997. The market volatility that began last October continued in the first half of 2019.

Research Edge Video

Tariff Primer & Trade War Update

Tariff Primer & Trade War Update
In this edition of the JIC Research Edge, Industrials Research Analyst Bryan Andress joins Portfolio Manager Jon McEvoy to discuss the ongoing trade war between the United States and China. They provide a practical explanation of how tariffs work, recap the major U.S. policy changes, and discuss the impact on U.S. companies.

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The Pension Rollover Question: Do I Feel Lucky?

The Pension Rollover Question: Do I Feel Lucky?
Future retirees with pensions facing the big decision of whether to take a monthly payout or a lump sum rollover to an IRA  must consider a number of factors in order to make the most informed decision. 

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The Substantial Impact of Self Control

The Substantial Impact of Self Control
As we often tell clients, we can’t control interest rates, volatile stock market returns, Fed policy, trade policy, or global economic trends. Because of this we should plan for multiple outcomes. But most importantly, we must control what we can control. 

Quarterly Insight

First Quarter 2019 Newsletter

First Quarter 2019 Newsletter
Now that tax season has come and gone, most taxpayers are aware (in some cases, painfully) of the impact of the changes brought about by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Each tax return has its own unique wrinkles, and few situations are the same. Still, one broad conclusion that has been made about the new law is the sharp reduction in the percentage of taxpayers who itemized deductions. 

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HSAs: The Under-the-Radar Retirement Savings Account

HSAs: The Under-the-Radar Retirement Savings Account
One common example of a reduction to income is traditional IRAs and/or 401(k) contributions. The merits of maximizing contributions to these retirement accounts are well known. But there is another under-the-radar and very effective tax-saving strategy that is often overlooked: the Health Savings Account (HSA). 

Research Edge Video

Yield Curve 101

Yield Curve 101
In this edition of the JIC Research Edge, Fixed Income Portfolio Manager David Theobald joins Simon Buchman to introduce the yield curve and why it's used as an economic indicator.

Blog: Beyond the Numbers

An Education on College Savings

An Education on College Savings
Because 529 plans are administered by the individual states, the accounts are often held at a different financial institution. As a result, they sometimes become an afterthought.

Presentations

2019 Wealth Management Forum

2019 Wealth Management Forum
Jason Jackman, President and Chief Investment Officer of Johnson Investment Consel is  joined by a panel of colleagues to discuss our current views on the markets, and an update on tax planning.

Research Edge Video

Market Recap & Insights

Market Recap & Insights
In this edition of the JIC Research Edge, Portfolio Manager Dale Coates joins Laura Mattern to discuss what happened in the markets in 2018 and what to potentially expect going forward.

Blog: Beyond the Numbers

Seeing the Big Picture

Seeing the Big Picture
Some investors struggle to see the big picture. They choose to focus in on the minute details (in this case, year-to-year returns) instead of taking in the broader view. The bigger picture tells the real story, demonstrating the value of diversification across asset classes.

Quarterly Insight

Fourth Quarter 2018 Newsletter

Fourth Quarter 2018 Newsletter
Nearly a decade into this historic bull market run, the S&P 500 Index posted its first calendar-year loss since 2008, finishing with a total return of -4.4%. This modest decline seems far worse after the fourth-quarter selloff.

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Year-End Planning Checklist

Year-End Planning Checklist
Dark mornings, early sunsets and beat-up paper calendars remind us the end of 2018 is rapidly approaching. Alongside these preparations, the change of seasons provides an opportunity to take stock of various aspects of our financial lives.

Research Edge Video

What's Next for P&G?

What's Next for P&G?
In this edition of the JIC Research Edge, Consumer Analyst Joe Edelstein and Portfolio Manager Michael Stanis break down Procter & Gamble's recent Investor Day. Joe examines management's key priorities, assesses the investment community's reaction to the event, and discusses activist investor Nelson Peltz's impact on the company.

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The Capital Gains Conundrum

The Capital Gains Conundrum
As this historic bull market grinds ever-higher, some commonly-used axioms seem apropos to stock investors. “Patience is a virtue.” “Don't miss the forest for the trees.” “Good things come to those who wait.” But the phrase “hindsight is 20/20” also applies.

Quarterly Insight

Third Quarter 2018 Newsletter

Third Quarter 2018 Newsletter
U.S. stocks overcame several headwinds and negative headlines in the third quarter, delivering the largest quarterly gain since 2013. Stock markets in the U.S. are very close to all-time record highs heading into the fourth quarter.

Presentations

2018 Wealth Management Forum

2018 Wealth Management Forum
Jason Jackman, President and Chief Investment Officer of Johnson Investment Counsel is joined by a panel of colleagues to discuss our current views on the markets, and an update on tax planning.

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How to Enjoy September

How to Enjoy September
Flipping the calendar to September often seems to engender the feeling of a fresh start. A new school year, a new football season, and (usually) a welcome break from the hot, humid dog days of August.

Research Edge Video

Breaking Down Apple's New iPhones

Breaking Down Apple's New iPhones
In this edition of the JIC Research Edge, Research Analyst Chris Godby breaks down Apple's new iPhones and discusses what he believes is the company's biggest risk.

Blog: Beyond the Numbers

Return on...Sleep?

Return on...Sleep?
As the power of technology grows at a dizzying pace, so does our ability to track, measure, and analyze nearly everything about our lives.

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Your Wealth: The Number

Your Wealth: The Number
It's safe to say most people have seared into their memory a few important numbers: Social Security number, home address, phone number, kids' birthdays and anniversaries (hopefully). However, one number that is critically important to financial success is underappreciated.

Quarterly Insight

Second Quarter 2018 Newsletter

Second Quarter 2018 Newsletter
A rising U.S. dollar, rising oil prices, and emerging market volatility are additional headwinds that could slow the economy’s momentum in the second half of 2018.

Research Edge Video

Trade Trouble?

Trade Trouble?
In this edition of the JIC Research Edge, Economic Strategist Brandon Zureick and Portfolio Manager Scott Wyckoff address tension over global trade.  Brandon discusses the Trump Administration's trade goals, recent tariff implementations, and potential economic implications if the "trade war" escalates.

Research Edge Video

Pain at the Pump?

Pain at the Pump?
In this edition of the JIC Research Edge, Research Analyst Aaron Taylor and Portfolio Manager Jon McEvoy discuss the recent jump in gas prices, provide an outlook for the remainder of the year, and discuss the impact on the equity markets and energy sector.

Research Edge Video

The Amazon Effect

The Amazon Effect
In this edition of the JIC Research Edge, Research Analyst Joe Edelstein and Portfolio Manager Scott Wyckoff break down the "Amazon Effect." They discuss how Amazon's eCommerce leadership is disrupting the retail landscape and examine how Ohio-based companies like Kroger and Macy's are responding.

Quarterly Insight

First Quarter 2018 Newsletter

First Quarter 2018 Newsletter
After nothing but smooth sailing in 2017, volatility returned with a vengeance in the first quarter of 2018. A very strong January rally was followed by two consecutive months of losses for the broader market.

Research Edge Video

2018 Economic Outlook

2018 Economic Outlook
In this edition of the JIC Research Edge, Economic Strategist Brandon Zureick and Associate Portfolio Manager Sandy Appel provide an Economic Outlook for 2018.

Research Edge Video

Market Recap & Outlook

Market Recap & Outlook
JIC Portfolio Manager Charles Rinehart recaps what happened in the equity markets in 2017 and provides an outlook on what to expect in 2018.

Quarterly Insight

Fourth Quarter 2017 Newsletter

Fourth Quarter 2017 Newsletter
2017 was a banner year for stock markets worldwide, and several other asset classes also finished with healthy gains. The S&P 500 Index has posted a positive return for 14 straight months, and 2017 was the first year ever in which the index's total return was positive every single month.

Research Edge Video

Holiday Shopping Update

Holiday Shopping Update
JIC Research Analysts Chris Godby and Joe Edelstein provide an update on the 2017 Holiday Shopping season.

Research Edge Video

Tax Reform Overview

Tax Reform Overview
In this edition of the JIC Research Edge video series, Economic Strategist Brandon Zureick discusses Congressional tax reform efforts.