September 2008 | Posted By Matt Hall

How many mutual fund managers can consistently pick stocks that outperform the broad stock market averages — as opposed to just being lucky now and then? This question has been asked hundreds of times by researchers, but this time the evidence is more conclusive than ever. For the period, 1975-2006, less than 1% of funds beat their benchmark. Click here for the full article.

August 2008 | Posted By Matt Hall

Hill Investment Group has created a web site for Anheuser-Busch employees who are wrestling with questions connected to the pending AB/InBev deal. We have posted commentary on key investment questions, responses to the issues raised by the Enhanced Retirement Program, and other timely information. ABbuyout.com was recently mentioned in a Saint Louis Business Journal article featuring Hill Investment Group.

July 2008 | Posted By Matt Hall

Wealth Manager magazine has come out with their “Top Dogs of 2008” and Hill Investment Group is ranked in the top 150 firms in the country (#139). There are over 400,000 advisors in the US. The ranking is based on Hill Investment Group’s average client relationship size.

May 2008 | Posted By Matt Hall

Remember the former securities analyst Henry Blodget? He is singing a new tune. The following is a small sample of a Fast Company magazine interview:

Why have you fashioned yourself as a defender of the common man and of commonsense investment strategies such as diversifying and buying index funds?

After I left Wall Street, I studied a lot of academic research, and I was startled to discover that stock picking, market timing, and other popular investment activities usually hurt investors rather than help them. This is an indisputable fact, but it’s actually not common sense. On the contrary, most people think it’s ridiculous. Most people assume that index funds only do well because most investors are stupid — which is delusional. Until you understand why indexing works, you’ll always be wasting money and time searching in vain for the next great stock-market guru.

Click here for the full article.

August 2007 | Posted By Rick Hill

Preparing to transfer your assets is an important task. As you know, dividing your assets between you and your spouse/partner is an important step in the estate planning process if you are to obtain the maximum probate avoidance and estate tax savings from your Trusts.

There are numerous factors you should consider when dividing your assets between your respective Trusts, including income tax issues, balancing the Trusts for income and estate tax purposes, as well as for creditor protection and effective division of your assets in the event of a subsequent divorce or separation.

Under the current law, each of you can transfer up to Read More

Estate Planning Reminder

Under current law, each of you can transfer up to $2,000,000 in assets free of estate taxes at death (reduced by any taxable gifts made during your lifetimes). This amount will be changing over the next few years as follows:

2007 and 2008 — $2,000,000
2009 — $3,500,000
2010 — repeal for one year
2011 — $1,000,000

Generally, we suggest equalizing the ownership of your assets between your two trusts so that, if possible, each of your Trusts will own a minimum of $2,000,000 in assets at your death (based on the current law). This will enable each of you to take advantage of the $2,000,000 tax exempt amount, regardless of which of you may be the first to die. In Community Property states assets are considered split between spouses, and therefore, one trust may only be needed.

Although it is not possible to change the ownership of IRAs and retirement plans, it is generally preferable to name one’s spouse as the primary beneficiary and then to name one’s Trust as contingent beneficiary. This can be done through beneficiary designation forms that we provide.