After the Meltdown and Madoff, Back to the Financial Basics

8 years ago

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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