Featured Equity: Qualcomm

Qualcomm (tkr: QCOM) has been a core holding in our technology sector based on the thesis that it should benefit from continued expansion of global smartphone usage. Qualcomm not only sells chips that go into smartphones, but it also collects license revenue for phones that connect to cellular networks using its patented license technology. Qualcomm’s revenue is broken down in two segments: chip revenue and licensing revenue. Although the licensing segment accounts for about 30% of total … [Read more...]

Estate Tax Changes

Our colleagues in the estate planning business have reported the rumors and rumblings coming out of Washington DC. The Republican Party has long held the repeal of the “Death Tax” as a part of the policy platform. With the turmoil created by the March 24th withdrawal of the healthcare vote, much is in question, but if tax reform does come to the House and Senate floors, there is a good chance that changes to the estate tax could be a part of the vote. What might this look like? Speculation … [Read more...]

Adding to Small-Cap and Maintaining Low Turnover

The first quarter was fairly quiet in terms of trading as we maintained low turnover in our portfolio. We made a decision to increase our small-cap stock exposure by adding to our position in the iShares Core S&P Small-Cap exchange-traded fund (tkr: IJR). Small-cap stocks tend to be more volatile than large-cap stocks, which can be beneficial in an overall rising stock market. Smaller stocks also generally have more domestic exposure, which we believe will be a positive attribute given the … [Read more...]

Trump Trade

The Dow Jones Industrial Average continued its post-election ascent through February, hitting an all-time high of 21,115 on March 1. From the pre-election low to the March high, the market rose 18%. Since the election, investors bid up stock prices in anticipation that the impact of reduced regulations and fiscal stimulus would substantially boost corporate earnings. The Trump administration worked quickly after inauguration day to sign executive orders delaying implementation of new … [Read more...]

Stock Option Taxation

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Featured Equity: Constellation Brands Inc.

Constellation Brands (tkr: STZ) is a leading international alcoholic beverage company with sales of just over $7 billion. It is the third largest producer and marketer of beer (particularly imported and craft brews) for the US market and the world’s leading premium wine company. It is also expanding into the premium craft spirits market. Constellation Brands is focused on “premiumization” of its product portfolio to drive growth. We believe Constellation Brands will succeed because the … [Read more...]