Client Letters

Below is an archive of our quarterly released client letters. These letters are sent to clients on a quarterly basis, posted here the quarter following their release.

April 2020

Dear Clients and Friends of Insight, All of us, now, have been meaningfully impacted by the novel coronavirus and the world’s abrupt response to this pandemic. We hope you are all healthy and staying well. Our team is healthy and well, and we are staying sane. Our operation is functioning quite smoothly and normally, considering all that is happening. We all have a home office and conduct our activities remotely, in the cloud with secure firewalls. This crisis is upon us. Its seriousness and...

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January 2020

Dear Clients and Friends of Insight, What a fantastic year it was for stock investors! Globally, nearly all stock markets rose 20% or more. In the U.S., the major market indices advanced some 30%, setting records throughout the year. Plus, our market seems poised to continue advancing into 2020. Perhaps this was the market’s way of saying “welcome to the Twenties!”. Could the market be foretelling a roaring future? Though the U.S. just recorded its first ever decade without a recession, it is...

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October 2019

Dear Clients and Friends of Insight, The goal with our letters is to provide concise commentary on current events, how they may be affecting portfolio returns, and what investment implications there are for both the shorter- and longer-term horizon. We regularly include important information to remind us all of key investment principles that have been tested through both good and bad times. These are principles upon which we rely to manage our clients’ assets prudently and in line with their...

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July 2019

Dear Clients and Friends of Insight, The investment era following the financial crisis has been overwhelmingly driven by the pronouncements and policies of the Federal Reserve Board and other central banks around the globe. “Don’t fight the Fed” is a bell-weather investment tenet which states that stocks perform well when Fed policy is accommodating to economic growth, and they struggle when Fed policy is restrictive toward economic growth. If investors followed this advice during this...

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April 2019

Dear Clients and Friends of Insight, The U.S. economy continues to grow and the current bull market, having just celebrated its 10th anniversary, remains intact. This is a bold statement, but one which we believe will prove out. Many market participants do not agree. As the first quarter closed, again serious doubts emerged as to whether our resilient economy’s long expansion had finally run its course, as it must be inescapably dragged down by slowing overseas economies. Hence, stock prices...

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January 2019

Dear Clients and Friends of Insight, That was quite a good year... for our economy. Economic growth easily and consistently exceeded 3%, after trending nearer to 2% for most of this long expansion. Corporations were extremely profitable and delivered on robust growth expectations. Employment continued to grow nicely. Incomes rose while inflation remained low. Consumers spent freely, especially this holiday season, without adding to household debt. This sounds like a winning script for strong...

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October 2018

Dear Clients and Friends of Insight, We are very pleased to see the recent price moves of many of our current portfolio holdings. Other investors have recognized the quality, value and growth potential of these businesses and as a result, our clients’ portfolios are performing very nicely this year, both in absolute terms and relative to appropriate benchmarks. Of course, it also helps that the U.S. stock market is trading at all-time highs. This year’s market advance has been in response to...

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July 2018

Dear Clients and Friends of Insight, There has been much dramatic news around the globe since we last wrote to you in April, but contrary to the reaction in foreign bond and stock markets, the U.S. markets have only been marginally bothered by it. The rise in interest rates slowed considerably in the second quarter and was less than many had feared. Rates increased just slightly. As a result, most government and corporate bond indexes were flat, while municipals edged up a bit. Turning to...

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April 2018

Dear Clients and Friends of Insight, Our meetings with clients last year were very well received due in part to the stock market’s persistent positive performance. Portfolio values climbed steadily, even for many clients who withdrew substantial funds. Though we believe the backdrop for stocks should continue to be supportive, we must always be vigilant regarding potential risks, and be prepared for a market downdraft. Our counsel to you in our October 2017 letter warrants repeating: “Though...

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