A One-Percenter Blinded by Covid-19

The following is a guest post from a woman in wealth management whom I greatly admire, Charlotte Beyer. I met Charlotte at the CFA Wealth Management Conference in Los Angeles several years ago when I moderated her speaking engagement. Charlotte has dedicated her career to understanding the needs of the 1%. She founded the Institute…

This Week in Women – Stay at Home Edition

As we complete another week under a state mandated stay-at-home order, I am both hopeful and uneasy about how long this way of life might last. I am hopeful because my family has settled in to our new routine. A sense of normalcy has returned as I attend board meetings on Zoom and schedule virtual…

This Time is Different

If you were born 200 years ago, there is a good chance you would have succumbed to an infectious disease by now. When European explorers landed in the Americas, their foreign diseases wiped out entire civilizations. A pharmacy in the French Quarter of New Orleans placed yellow liquid in the bottles in the window to…

This Week in Women – Quarantine Edition

It is more difficult each day to find non Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic news. I know there will be countless stories of heroic women when the storm has passed. In the meantime, it feels like watching a storm in slow motion. We know the damage was done before our closures and social distancing measures were put…

Antarctic Night

In August 1914, famed explorer Ernest Shackleton set sail for a record breaking attempt to travel across the continent of Antarctica. But his ship and crew were soon stranded in the polar sea, wedged between ice floes that would not part. As the days passed, the sun slowly set in the horizon. During the Antarctic…

This Week in Women – Social Distancing for COVID-19

Days feel like weeks. Weeks seem to last a month. Watching the country and many parts of our economy shutdown over the past week has been surreal. Last Thursday’s historic 10% market drop would soon be overshadowed by Monday’s 13% decline. Our economy was not designed with this type of immediate shutdown in mind. It…

Bird in the Hand

If you have cash sitting on the sidelines, this is the moment you were waiting for. You watched it go up, and now you’ve watched it come down. If not now, when? Huge caveat, this is not a bottom of the market call. There are no models to quantify what happens when more than half…

This is Bananas

Medical professionals knew that a viral, global pandemic was not a matter of if but when. Where was the plan? If closing schools and businesses was a known policy to fight infectious disease, why was there no communication to the public that this could happen? Now is not the time to point fingers, but to…

This Week in Women – COVID-19 Week Two

It was another wild week for financial markets and for the day to day lives of Americans. Thursday’s 10% decline in U.S. stocks was the largest single day drop since the October 1987 crash. It was followed by an equally historic gain of 9.5% on Friday, as the President declared the COVID-19 coronavirus a national…

Panic Mode

The World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic today. Italy reported a 31% increase in deaths related to the virus. Stocks tanked, officially entering bear market territory. Negative headlines are coming too fast and furious. People are in full blown panic mode. When humans see danger, the brain pumps out stress hormones adrenaline and…