Marc To Markets

Marc To Markets

On this podcast I talk to industry leaders on matters related to your money, markets, and issues near and far from personal finance.


May 8, 2024 27 mins

The importance of creating a financial plan, in which care for a loved one is paramount, is critical for many investors. In some cases, these plans include creating a Special Needs Trust ("SNT") as well as maximizing government assistance from Social Security and Medicaid. On this episode we dive deep into this important topic with Ashley Velategui, a Director in Bernstein's Wealth Strategies Group. We explain how Sp...

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The first quarter was terrific for stocks, but just two weeks into April that may already feel like a distant memory. As  discussed in my last quarterly update, the fed and interest rates were the focus to start the year. And while the delay in interest rate cuts came as a surprise to most market participants, it was in line with my outlook last quarter. Topics covered in this episode include: 

  • The state of the economy and why d...
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Everywhere you look people are talking about Artificial Intelligence (AI). How will AI change the world? Will AI put millions of people out of work? Will AI mean a stock market boom or the end of many companies as we know them? Why is AI powering the S&P 500 gains of the past 6 months and is it sustainable? I dig into all of these questions and more with Chris Brigham, a Senior Research Analyst at Bernstein, who has led much of...

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February 16, 2024 8 mins

As we get closer to April 15th taxes take center stage. On this episode I walk you through all the reporting information to pass along to your accountant or tax preparer. I cover when reports will be released, which reports to use, which reports are best for each account type and need.

 With any questions or comments, or to discuss your own financial situation, I can be reached at or 212-969-665...

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January 22, 2024 38 mins

2023 was an interesting year for stocks. Commonly held worries about inflation and a slowing economy were proven incorrect. After 3 quarters of middling returns for stocks and negative returns for bonds, 4th quarter was a period of enormous gains for investors across all asset classes. On this episode I cover 2023 with a focus on 4th quarter and provide the outlook for where go from here.

  • The performance of stock and bonds marke...
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The end of the year always comes with lots of discussions about capital gains, income, and all aspects of taxes. This episode is a deep dive on taxes and how best to manage a portfolio to limit the tax liability. To learn more I'm joined by John McLaughlin, the Director of Tax and Transition Services at Bernstein. We cover everything from how managing for after-tax return is not only an end-of-year exercise; how to customize a...

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October 27, 2023 39 mins

The 3rd quarter was a period of change for investors. Stocks continued to rally early in the summer but then as investors began to digest a new interest rate regime, stock and bond markets sold off meaningfully to end the quarter. Treasury yields have risen to rates not seen in over 15 years. On this podcast I delve into the following topics and more:  

  • The performance of stock and bonds markets year-to-date;
  • Why the economy cont...
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As the world gets smaller more and more families are living cross border lives. With family members living in multiple countries the planning concepts and tax considerations only get more complex. To learn more about how global families have unique investment and financial planning challenges I'm joined on this episode by Chris Opie, a Managing Director at Bernstein who leads the firm’s global families practice. We cover every...

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July 27, 2023 46 mins

The first half of the year had stocks in rally mode and bond markets stabilizing. We have reached the inflection point where the next steps by the Fed are likely to decide the course of markets over the remainder of the year. On this episode I cover: 

  • The performance of stock and bonds markets year-to-date;
  • Why the US stock market is up so much;
  • The recession that’s always predicted by some but has yet to arrive;
  • How to play the bo...
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On this episode I'm joined by Roosevelt Bowman, Senior Investment Strategist at Bernstein.  Roosevelt and I discuss all the hot topics in the markets today; fed policy, inflation, the banking crisis, the debt ceiling, and how to be opportunistic.  With any questions or comments, or to discuss your own financial situation, I can be reached at or 212-969-6655.

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May 2, 2023 41 mins

The first quarter saw a recovery in both stock and bond markets but questions and worries remain. Topics covered include:

  • The performance of stock and bonds markets year-to-date;
  • A deep dive on bond portfolio positioning;
  • The impact of the Silicon Valley Bank failure;
  • The outlook for inflation, the fed, and interest rates;
  • Planning for the debt ceiling;
  • Projections for returns across various asset classes moving forward.

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The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (“SECURE”) Act of 2019 was the most significant retirement-related legislation since the Pension Protection Act of 2006. The Act significantly altered the estate planning landscape for retirement account owners by eliminating the stretch IRA for most non-spouse beneficiaries and introducing new rules for trust beneficiaries. To learn more about tax and estate planning with r...

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On this episode, I'm joined by Jed Lewin, an expert real estate broker at The Agency. Jed and I discuss all aspects of the residential real estate market from both the buyer and seller’s perspectives. We address how buyers can make their offers more attractive, and Jed shares his advice on how to position your property for sale. We also assess how rising interest rates are changing the real estate market. We dive into the comp...

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January 20, 2023 21 mins

After a historically bad year for both equity and fixed income markets investors are wondering if the traditional stock/bond asset allocation framework is broken. At the same time alternative asset classes such as private equity, private credit, hedge funds, and even crypto have all risen in popularity. How does this all come together for investors? How should investors think about the risks and rewards when moving outside the trad...

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On this episode we focus on how best to protect your assets from fraud, identity theft, and all other forms of financial crime.   I'm joined by FBI Supervising Special Agent Milan Kosanovich.  Milan specializes in white collar crime and has spoken internationally on topics ranging from cybersecurity, cryptocurrency, and corporate fraud.   We cover everything from ways to protect your credit, best practices for password managem...

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October 18, 2022 43 mins

Stock and bond markets continued to decline in the 3rd quarter.  This made for one of the more difficult investing environments in a number of years.  But there is a path forward and a way to manage your finances through this period of volatility.  On this episode  I cover:

  • How we got here and where we go from here
  • The fed rate hiking policy and what it means for both the economy and markets
  • The impact and outlook for bonds given ...
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So much economic news has been coming out of the US that it is easy to forget about the investment landscape across the rest of the globe.  On this podcast we focus on international investing.  To learn more about the topic I'm joined by Moira McLachlan, a Senior Investment Strategist at Bernstein.  Our discussion ranges from why investors should look overseas, to handling geopolitical risk, investing in China, considering eme...

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August 2, 2022 47 mins

Market volatility across nearly all asset classes dominated the 1st half of 2022.  Inflation worries and recession concerns are contrasted by a strong labor market and continued growth of corporate earnings.  On this webinar I cover:

  • The likelihood of a recession
  • What the stock and bond markets are currently pricing in
  • If inflation has peaked
  • How to think about bonds while interest rates rise
  • Should you be buying now, and if so, wha...
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No two families are the same and no two families think about their wealth the same way.   The success of a financial plan strikes the right balance between the monetary goals and emotional well-being.   To learn more about how this can be done, I'm joined by Anne Bucciarelli, a Director in Bernstein's Family Engagement Institute.   We cover a range of topics from: How do I ensure that my heirs have the necessary skills an...

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May 31, 2022 23 mins

The start of 2022 has been a difficult year in both stock and bond markets.  This episode is a replay of a client webinar from May 25, 2022.  Topics I covered include: 

  • Our forecast for the economy
  • Where the stock and bond market go from here
  • Positioning updates in portfolios

This episode is a replay of a client webinar from May 25, 2022.  With any questions or comments, or to discuss your own financial situation, I can be rea...

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