Kara Smith

Keeping It Simple

Keeping It Simple

The original idea behind the mutual fund was a basic one—allow investors to build and access a diversified portfolio without high trading costs. Now, almost 100 years later, there are over 10,000 mutual funds and ETFs available in the U.S. that span almost all asset...

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A Focus on Difficult Questions

A Focus on Difficult Questions

The Federal Reserve just raised interest rates again. Inflation is on the rise. The unemployment rate remains low despite a recent wave of corporate layoffs. What does it all mean? That is the quintessential investor question, and it is a difficult one to answer. The...

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A Matter of Perspective

A Matter of Perspective

The shortest day of the year is near. For some, the winter solstice is that day each year when the Earth’s northern hemisphere leans farthest from the sun, offers a mere 9.5 hours of daylight, and when, quite often, we first encounter those frigid winter temperatures....

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Thoroughbred Racing and Inflation

Thoroughbred Racing and Inflation

November is a magical time around the American Trust office in Lexington, KY. Crisp autumn air engulfs the Bluegrass. Amber and saffron foliage blankets the horizon. The sweet smell of cracked corn and sour mash permeates the river valleys. And, this November, the...

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