by Antoinette Geyelin
These are stressful times for all of us and the financial news is often difficult to deal with. It is especially hard for those of us who — as the New York Times noted recently — had viewed ourselves as close to an age of not necessarily retirement, but perhaps a rededication to new passions and objectives, with fewer demands. I am finding many women who thought that their retirement was set who now find themselves going back to work, or trying to. I will look forward to hearing what is on your minds, and will do my best to tell you how I best see this strange new environment we are all a part of.
I do not manage portfolios, though I follow the financial markets and have spent a good portion of my career working with wealthy international clients, to define their investment profiles and risk tolerance. I do, however, care a lot about who is managing the portfolio and about understanding the philosophy and strategy of that investment professional. If I don’t like what I see I’m not shy about it: For example, some 9 or 10 years ago I did advise many clients against investing in Fairfield Greenwich, a major feeder fund for now-convicted Bernard Madoff, because I didn’t trust the group.
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