Atlanta’s Top 100 Leaders in Finance

For the fifth consecutive year, Balentine Chairman and CEO, Robert Balentine, was named one of “Atlanta’s Top 100 Leaders in Finance” by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. This 2014 Financial Quarterly Who’s Who includes the “highest-ranking executives from financial institutions” ranging from Venture Capital firms to financial planning firms.

Implementation Innovations

“Nothing is certain but death and taxes,” seventeenth century author Daniel Defoe famously quipped. In the investment world, we believe there is another item to add to that list:  fees. Fees are inevitable; the expected value added from hiring an active manager is not. A recent article in the Economist points out that the costs […]

Markets v. Economies

  Our Capital Markets Forecast estimates real (inflation-adjusted) world equity market returns at 4.3 percent over the coming seven-year cycle but only 0.3 percent for the U.S. aggregate bond market.[1] To the extent equities appear attractive, much of this hinges on the low inflation environment and the relatively positive comparison with bonds, which have a […]

Advisors Find Values After Market’s Decline

Balentine Chief Investment Officer Adrian Cronje recently spoke with the Wall Street Journal on declining market prices as we begin 2014. “It’s hugely encouraging to us that markets are beginning to pay attention to fundamentals for the first time in the last two years,” said Adrian in the article “Advisors Find Values After Market’s Decline”. […]

The Surprises of 2014

Once again Bob Reiser, Senior Advisor on our Investment Strategy Team, has prepared a list of “forecasts.” As in previous years, the views expressed herein are solely those of Bob Reiser’s and may not be shared by other members of the Investment Strategy Team. This is the fourth year that I have prepared a list […]

NABCAP Names Balentine “Premier Advisor in Georgia” for Third Consecutive Year

In 2013, Balentine’s was named a “Premier Advisor in Georgia” by The National Association of Board Certified Advisory Practices (NABCAP). This is the third consecutive year Balentine has been recognized by NABCAP. Earlier in 2013, Balentine’s North Carolina office was also named a “Premier Advisor in North Carolina” by NABCAP. NABCAP is a non-profit organization […]

Wall Street turns to fundamentals, and the picture sours

Adrian Cronje, Balentine’s Chief Investment Officer, spoke to Reuters in the article, “Wall Street turns to fundamentals, and the picture sours.” Says Adrian, “‘The stock market’s expansion this year has been driven by multiple expansion rather than material improvement in underlying fundamentals.’” For more on corporate  earnings and the return to fundamentals, read the Reuters article, […]

US Stocks: Wall Street’s tech-led fall outweighs choice of Yellen for Fed

Balentine Chief Investment Officer Adrian Cronje spoke to Reuters about market behavior in the wake of the government shutdown and the nomination of Yellen as Bernanke’s replacement in the article, “Wall St’s tech-led fall outweighs choice of Yellen for Fed.” “‘It is really important not to become too distracted by Yellen and the Washington stalemate,’ said Cronje. […]

Today’s alternative investments offer less risk

The Atlanta Business Chronicle recently spoke to Balentine Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Robert Balentine on alternative investments. In “Today’s alternative investments offer less risk,” in the Chronicle’s special Financial Quarterly Section (which also named Balentine one of the Top Financial Planning and Advisory Firms), Robert spoke on the role that hedge funds can play in today’s portfolios. As […]

Balentine Named one of Atlanta’s Best Places to Work

For the third consecutive year, Balentine was named one of “Atlanta’s Best Places to Work” by the Atlanta Business Chronicle in partnership with Quantum Workplace.  More than 560 companies and organizations were nominated in 2013, and more than 400 completed the surveys, representing more than 25,000 employees in the Metro Atlanta area.  Balentine ranked #50 in the […]