Information Overload

Warning! Too much information is bad for your financial health. Unfortunately, we’re living in a world where information is travelling faster than light speed. News organizations are competing for your clicks and your eyeballs every millisecond…
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Blair duQuesnay's Interview at the CFA Annual Conference

At the CFA Annual Conference in May, Blair duQuesnay spoke to Lauren Foster about her experiences in the wealth management industry. She discusses everything from working with women clients to social media and her thoughts on how financial advice…
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Blair duQuesnay speaks at CFA Institute's 70th Annual Conference

Blair duQuesnay participated in a panel on building a client oriented culture at the CFA Annual Conference in Philadelphia in late May. Joined by fellow advisors and CFA charterholders John T. Elmes II and Isaac Presley, the group discussed…

Mark-up Disclosure for Bonds: It’s About Time

I’ve spent the better part of a decade trying to explain to investors that bond purchases are not free. But that’s a difficult task when the costs are hidden from investors. This will change in May 2018, when the SEC’s new bond mark-up…
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Blair duQuesnay One of FA Magazine's 10 Young Advisors to Watch

ThirtyNorth CIO Blair duQuesnay was recently named one of FA Magazine's 10 Young Advisors to Watch. The article states: "Still in her 30s, Blair DuQuesnay has carved out a role as thought leader in her CIO and partner role at New Orleans’…
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It's Smart to Use Common Sense

Just as you wonder when the bad news cycle or political campaign season will ever end, something is announced which encourages you to think positively about the future. Recent business news included the release of Commonsense Principles of…
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You Can’t Always Get What You Want?

Is the market not giving you what you want lately? Join the club. For the two years period ending in April, a 60/40 portfolio of world stocks and 5 year Treasuries is up a paltry 1.23%. That’s before costs and taxes. You’re portfolio is…
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Would It Help?

If you are a movie enthusiast, you may have enjoyed 2015’s Bridge of Spies, a Spielberg/Hanks historical drama set in 1957. Hanks plays Ray Donovan, a New York insurance lawyer asked by the government to provide a pro bono defense for Rudolf…
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Financial Advice - It's Not Only Cost, but Quality

  There have been countless articles written on the cost of financial advice in recent years.  Every time I pick up a Wall Street Journal or a popular personal finance column there's a story about fees. They are right to criticize. …