Ferris Capital Counselor Leah Upton becomes a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst

MARLBOROUGH, Mass., Oct. 3, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The Institute for Divorce Financial Analysts™ (IDFA™) is pleased to announce that Leah Upton of Ferris Capital in Marlborough, MA recently completed a specialized educational program in professional divorce analysis and is now a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst® (CDFA®).

Ms. Upton is trained to provide financial analysis and assistance to people going through a divorce.  She evaluates both short and long-term tax implications of dividing property and the financial impact of various settlement options for dividing marital property (including pensions) and child and spousal support payments.  Developing comprehensive insight of the financial effects of divorce can save valuable time, money, and distress, especially if the process is conducted early in the legal proceedings.  

"Misinformation and misconceptions about the divorce process can be detrimental," says Leah Upton (CFP®, CRC, CDFA®).  "We examine and analyze the financial issues of a divorce, providing our clients and their lawyers with data to help strengthen their case.  We help our clients avoid the common financial pitfalls of divorce by offering valuable insight into the pros and cons of different settlement proposals."

IDFA™ trains professional – financial planners, accountants, and lawyers – to determine the financial needs and outcomes for couples after divorce.

Founded in 1993, IDFA™ currently has more than 2,000 CDFAs across the United States and Canada. The number of professionals receiving the CDFA® designation continues to grow at nearly 15% each year. The designation and this niche industry are expanding rapidly as more people across the country search for alternative divorce processes – from collaborative law to mediation – rather than litigating their case using lawyers as their only line of defense. For more information about IDFA™ or the CDFA® designation, visit www.institutedfa.com

About Ferris Capital

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Ferris Capital sponsors golf outing to benefit the families of fallen DEA agents at Cyprian Keyes

Ferris Capital is once again proud to be the primary sponsor of the New England Field Division DEA Fundraiser for Survivors yesterday at Cyprian Keyes Golf Club in Boylston. This continues to be a great day every year, for a truly worthwhile cause. The firm hopes to be able to support the cause again next year. 

 

Pictured (from left to right); Matt Elsenbeck, Andrew Vernazza, Andy Brody & Matthew Russell of Ferris Capital

Pictured (from left to right); Matt Elsenbeck, Andrew Vernazza, Andy Brody & Matthew Russell of Ferris Capital

 

 

Ferris Capital, LLC Adds Industry Veterans

Ferris Capital is pleased to announce that Bob Whelan and Eric Ganeles have joined the Firm. Bob joins as Senior Vice President-Business Development and will be responsible for heading all of Ferris Capital's business development activities, from the creation of new business channels to the development and management of new opportunities.  Eric joins as Senior Vice President, Wealth Management and will lead efforts in working directly with the Firm's high net worth clientele.

Silicon Valley Wine Auction 2017 - Benefiting the Silicon Valley Education Foundation

Ferris Capital was again a sponsor at this year's Silicon Valley Wine Auction.  The 2017 event was held at the stunning Runnymede Farm in Woodside, California.

While this is a gathering to enjoy fantastic wines produced from vineyards right in the Santa Cruz Mountains, this event's primary focus has continually been to raise funds to benefit the Silicon Valley Education Foundation (SVEF).  The SVEF's focus is a nonprofit resource and advocate for students and educators. SVEF is dedicated to putting all students on track for college and careers, focusing on the critical areas of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). 

 

David House (Brocade Chariman / SVEF Board) & Dave Ferris (CEO - Ferris Capital)

David House (Brocade Chariman / SVEF Board) & Dave Ferris (CEO - Ferris Capital)

NFL RB LeGarrette Blount helping Make-a-Wish

NFL Running Back LeGarrette Blount & Ferris Capital CEO David Ferris celebrate a great evening helping to raise funds for Make-a-Wish of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Ferris Capital was one of the sponsors at this year's Make-a-Wish Gala and hopes to create an annual tradition of participation for this cause. 

LeGarrette Blount

Happy Holidays

As 2016 draws to a close, we want to take a chance to say "thank you" to all of the families that allow Ferris Capital to serve as their Fiduciary.  We hope that 2017 is filled with health and prosperity. 

Every year we try to remember to be grateful for all of the many ways we are fortunate. In this spirit, the employees of Ferris Capital traditionally each sponsor a local child that is less fortunate for the Christmas holiday.  Pictured above is the very generous program that our employees participated in for 2016. We hope that the children sponsored this year enjoy these gifts and the holiday. 

We all look forward to continuing this tradition next year, and hopefully expanding its reach. Happy Holidays!

What a Trump Presidency Could Mean for Investors

A Letter from the CEO, David Ferris to clients on November 9, 2016

The last year has proven to be a contentious one for our nation in a number of ways. Whatever side of the divide we find ourselves, there is solace today in the hope that we as Americans along with President elect Trump can bridge divides and address the number of issues that we as a nation face. No matter which way you voted in the election, you are undoubtedly aware that there will be changes which impact our nation and national economy. Here at Ferris Capital, we serve as your Fiduciary. Part of that responsibility is to take emotion out of investment decisions. In doing so we look at underlying fundamentals,  valuations, and a plethora of trends across investment locations and sectors.

Our experience has taught us that we could see immediate volatility around the election and geo-political risks as a whole. As such, we have taken measures to de-risk client portfolios. As I mentioned earlier in the year, Ferris Capital’s Investment Committee has been making a concerted effort to reduce risk while increasing income/yield in a low-yield/low-return environment. We have also been running higher than “ normal” levels of cash, cash-alternatives, and ultra-short bonds in all client portfolios. Just this week (on Halloween), we reduced our successful allocation to Alliance Bernstein High Yield Municipals by 50%, and had decided to wait out the election results in cash. Also, as I communicated in earlier communications, we had reduced S&P 500 exposure in favor of High Yield Bonds and cash.

I also want to remind our clients that it is not always about where you are invested, but rather where you are not. For our conservative clients we have no allocation to Small-Cap stocks (a portfolio component more prone to volatility than Mid and Large-CapStocks). Our moderately aggressive investors also have a greatly reduced weightings. We also have no allocation to Emerging Market stocks. This has proven to be an important omission, that I will outline in sector comments below.

The immediate impact of this election is that we expect a volatile market environment for the remainder of this year. As we saw with the “Brexit” vote, the markets detest uncertainty. Analysts world-wide will attempt to decipher what a Trump presidency will do in the near-term that will alter global trade, as well as the domestic economy. It is our InvestmentCommittee’s opinion that once these details begin to take shape, markets willstabilize, similar to the aforementioned U.K. referendum.  Our Investment Committee had researched the potential impacts of a Trump win ahead of the election and made sure that we were positioned well for that outcome. Some of the findings were:

  • Stocks - Volatility will likely increase as investors try to parse through how Trump policies will impact global markets and the impact on a Fed rate raise in December.
  • US Dollar -  Negative due to protectionism fears and anticipation of deficit spending (Cutting taxes, boosting spending).
  • Bonds – There would be a short term “Flight to “quality”. Flows to Treasuries could temporarily increase, reducing yields and increasing prices. However, US government bonds could see a similar impact as the dollar in the long term due to potential tax cuts and spending increases.
  • Emerging Markets – NEGATIVE outlook due to fear of collapsing trade deals. IMPORTANT NOTE: Ferris Capital has no allocation to EM Stocks for clients as we identified this sector as not having the requisite risk/reward profile for investment.
  • Energy – POSITIVE outlook for metals, oil, and coal due to potential regulatory changes. IMPORTANT NOTE: We recently added MLP’s to portfolios as they are offering yieldsof approximately 7% and have been severely punished over the last 24 months. We will consider using cash reserves to add to our existing allocations if fundamentals dictate.

As with any period of significant change, it is important to let the facts and fundamentals win out when making decisions. That is why we continue to take a measured approach to constructing your portfolio. Our Investment Committee will certainly be vigilantly watching these results in the coming months and years to determine their impact on markets. In the short-term, we are confident in our portfoliosand do not want to react harshly in either direction based on one (albeit major) event. The Investment Committee will look for ways to take gains where appropriate, cut losses when necessary, use cash strategically and ultimately focus on our clients long-term goals.

In the interim, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me or any member of our team to discuss.

Sincerely,

Dave Ferris