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Raz Pounardjian

Raz Pounardjian
Razmig Pounardjian serves as Portfolio Manager; managing custom portfolios for select clients. Raz genuinely cares about his clients’ well-being, and they know that they have an advocate who is there to help guide and manage their investments through their careers and into retirement.
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A Do and Don’t List for Investing in 2021

Posted by Raz Pounardjian on Jan 28, 2021 1:30:00 PM

We learned a lot about ourselves in 2020. Below are some "Do's and Don'ts" we should keep in mind for the coming year:

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Topics: Investing, Financial Planning

What is a Custodial IRA? A Financial Advisor Shares Insights for Teens and Summer Job Savings Accounts

Posted by Raz Pounardjian on Aug 6, 2020 11:30:00 AM

Intern Peggy M. interviews portfolio manager Razmig Pounardjian for thoughts on what teens should do with their summer savings accounts. Here is Peggy’s post.

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Topics: Financial Planning

What Happens Next?

Posted by Raz Pounardjian on Apr 24, 2020 10:00:00 AM

I saw an interesting prediction on Twitter a couple of weeks ago and it made me think of a quote from Amazon founder and CEO, Jeff Bezos: “What’s going to change in the next 10 years? And that is a very interesting question; it's a very common one. I almost never get the question: 'What's not going to change in the next 10 years?'”

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Topics: Financial Planning

A Few Things That May Impact Your Wealth

Posted by Raz Pounardjian on Mar 6, 2020 1:30:00 PM

Here are our thoughts on a few factors that may impact your wealth. 

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Topics: Financial Planning

The Signal

Posted by Raz Pounardjian on Jan 30, 2020 9:51:00 AM


As 2019 was ending, I was reading a few articles and blog posts recapping the last decade of stock market returns.

Throughout this period, there were many instances where you could have been scared out of the market or sought signals that would indicate a “top” in the market.

For example, remember in 2013 when actress Mila Kunis said she was going from cash into stocks? The S&P 500 is up about 140 percent since she made that announcement.

Or how about in 2016 when the cover of Barron’s (a popular financial magazine) boasted “Get Ready for Dow 20,000?” The Dow Jones Industrial Average is in shouting distance of 30,000 or about 57 percent higher from the date of publication.

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Topics: Investment Management

Investment Risk and How We Perceive It

Posted by Raz Pounardjian on May 10, 2019 9:08:00 AM


One of the terms most often heard in the world of finance is “risk” as in "investment risk." Often, people think of risk as something dangerous and to be avoided. There are many circumstances that determine how people view investment risk.

Below are some interesting ways to think about investment risk. 

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Topics: Investing

Optimism, Cell Phones and College Basketball

Posted by Raz Pounardjian on Apr 1, 2019 8:27:00 AM

Baseball season is upon us and Spring has sprung so here are some interesting thoughts/observations:

Positive Mental Attitude

A recent study from Frost Bank revealed a direct correlation between optimism and improved financial health. Frost worked with researchers at Carnegie Mellon University to develop a methodology to measure optimism. They found that 62% of optimists had better financial health which was about 7X higher than pessimists who came in at 9%. Optimists were more likely to discuss financial matters with family and friends and were interested in learning more about money management versus pessimists. Below are some financial habits of optimists:

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Breaking Buybacks

Posted by Raz Pounardjian on Mar 5, 2019 8:35:00 AM

Recently, you’ve probably heard much noise about new congressional proposals regarding stock buybacks. Before I get into the nitty-gritty, it is probably good for a quick refresher on the what and why of stock buybacks.

What are stock buybacks?

Stock buybacks are when a publicly traded corporation purchases their own shares in the public markets. They announce either the dollar or share amounts they will repurchase and it is to the discretion of the Board of Directors and management to determine this amount and when to make such purchases. The cheaper companies can buy their stock back, the more they can repurchase.  Corporations are known for poorly timing their share repurchases as indicated in the chart below where repurchases hit a low in 2008-2009 as stock prices were near generational lows in the Great Recession:

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What Do We Do in a Bear Market?

Posted by Raz Pounardjian on Jan 23, 2019 11:30:46 AM

The last few months have not been an easy ride for equity investors.  The S&P 500, Nasdaq and Russell 2000 all went into bear markets, which is typically defined as a decline of 20% from their all-time high.  Combing through some data, I thought  I’d share some interesting anecdotes I learned and what it could mean moving forward.

Investors ran for the exits

Below is a chart from Ned Davis Research that shows that December 2018 had the highest monthly outflow for equity funds (includes ETFs) in the last 20 years. In the simplest sense, investors were probably selling any kind of exposure that had to stocks.

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Interesting Observations

Posted by Raz Pounardjian on Dec 19, 2018 10:02:00 AM

Typically, when I’ve written blogs, they’ve focused on a specific topic, theme or issue. I thought it would be good to switch things up a little bit and share some interesting statistics and thoughts about the financial markets.  

The case for active management

I recently came across the chart below which shows the total returns of the “buy and forget” stocks that in 2000, Fortune Magazine predicted would last a decade:

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Topics: Volatility

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