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Are You In Awe of Your Advisor’s Sharp Saw? 11.19.2021

According to a 2021 survey conducted by The Harris Poll, about 26% of Americans say their most trusted source for financial advice is a financial advisor, representing an 18% increase from 2020.

With a direct correlation to the shakeup and uncertainties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the highly unsettled nature of the U.S. economy, financial markets, and politics still existing today, it comes as little surprise to see this increasing trust and confidence in the counsel of financial advisors.

Conversely, it is also interesting to note that the most trusted source of financial advice known as “Yourself” experienced a 33% drop (!) from 30% in 2020 to 20% in 2021.

Ask virtually any financial advisor: The data presented above supports the anecdotal evidence – during periods of high volatility and uncertainty, people tend to become uncertain and trust themselves less when it comes to their finances and investing. Conversely, in periods of low volatility, rising markets, and higher (perceived) certainty, people become overconfident. Or, illustrated differently:

Why do investors feel smarter and more confident when the markets are rising, and dumber and less confident when the markets are declining? One word: emotions. At Towerpoint Wealth, we believe that one of the central qualities of a skilled financial advisor is the ability to help their clients remain objective, avoid overconfidence, or, on the flip side, depression and hopelessness.

There are more than 275,000 licensed professionals in the United States right now that have “Financial Advisor” (or some derivation thereof) on their business card, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. And as is true of many professions, there are a myriad of makes, models, specializations, and niches that these advisors fall into. Additionally, these 275K financial advisors represent a varying cross-section of experience, planning, knowledge, and service.

A core philosophy here at Towerpoint Wealth has always been to focus on and place energy into the professional growth and development of our advisors. Our clients deserve and expect us to not only stay sharp in regards to current economic, financial, and investment trends and developments, but also to consistently be “sharpening our professional saws” in the areas of practice management, behavioral finance, client service, and leadership.

To that end, our President, Joseph Eschleman, our Partner, Wealth Advisor, Jonathan LaTurner, and our Director of Research and Analytics, Nathan Billigmeier, traveled to Music City last week for a three-day Investments Forum, hosted by Dynasty Financial Partners. The venue, the lineup of talent, and the level of content were truly amazing, and the TPW colleagues spent an enriching and enjoyable three days sharpening their professional saws at the conference.

The highlights included:

Click the thumbnail below to see the full agenda of speakers, activities, and content that, in addition to some Music City fun during the evenings, kept Joseph, Jonathan, and Nathan moving for three days!!

Steve Case

Photo boxes, clockwise from upper left: 1.) Jim Nantz 2.) Joseph, Nathan, Jonathan at Loser’s Bar and Grill in Nashville 3.) Howard Marks, Daymond John, Liz Ann Sonders

New Towerpoint Wealth White Paper

After focusing on the topic in our 11.9.2021 edition of Trending Today, our Director of Tax and Financial Planning, Steve Pitchford, authored and published the below white paper, focusing on THREE key ideas to potentially reduce the tax “sting” associated with IRA and other tax-deferred retirement account required minimum distributions (RMDs).

Click the thumbnail below to download and read this brand-new report!

Video of the Week

Our President, Joseph Eschleman, CIMA®, was the featured guest on Laurel Sagen and Shasta Escalante’s Heart 2 Biz podcast earlier this month.

Heart 2 Biz is a weekly podcast focused on local Sacramento professionals and entrepreneurs who “pour their hearts into their businesses.” Focused on finding out not only how people are building and running their businesses, but how they are doing so with integrity and heart.

Click below to watch the podcast, and to hear Joseph’s story of how the permanent Pennsylvania-to-California cross-country adventure he took in 1999 helped to shape his heart and him as a person; and, how his evolution from employee to business owner and entrepreneur has molded his character and overall outlook on life. It’s a great (and crazy!) story with plenty of interesting twists and turns, confirming what virtually every Towerpoint Wealth client already knows to be true – that the energy Joseph pours into his client partnerships and into Towerpoint Wealth has a foundation based on both integrity and on heart!

What’s Happening at TPW?

The ladies of Towerpoint Wealth (our Client Service Specialist, Michelle Venezia, and our Director of Operations, Lori Heppner) enjoyed a nice lunch together earlier this week at Il Fornaio in downtown Sacramento, right here on Capitol Mall!

In Denver this past Sunday with two friends, our President, Joseph Eschleman, enjoyed watching his favorite football team, thePhiladelphia Eagles, dismantle the hometown Broncos30-13!

A happy moment for our Director of Tax and Financial Planning, Steve Pitchford, our Director of Operations, Lori Heppner, and our Director of Research and Analytics, Nathan Billigmeier.

Charts of the Week

Rivian (Nasdaq: RIVN), the newly-public electric vehicle automaker (backed by Amazon) hit a market capitalization of $100 billion earlier this week – and they haven’t (yet) delivered a single vehicle! This is the largest U.S. IPO since 2014, when Alibaba went public, and makes the company bigger than both GM and Ford.

In the eyes of many investors and market pundits, this further cements the idea that traditional automobiles and automobile manufacturers are going the way of the dodo:

Quote of the Week

Excellent philosophy from IBM’s long-time chairman and CEO,Thomas J. Watson

Cartoon of the Week

In the spirit of what we discussed above about investor (over) confidence, the below cartoon thoughtfully illustrates one of Warren Buffett’s famous quotes:

“You need to divorce your mind from the crowd.”

Trending Today

As the 24/7 news cycle churns, twists, and turns, a number of trending and notable events have occurred over the past few weeks:

As always, we sincerely value our relationships and partnerships with each of you, as well as your trust and confidence in us here at Towerpoint Wealth. We encourage you to reach out to us at any time (916-405-9140info@towerpointwealth.com) with any questions, concerns, or needs you may have. The world continues to be an extremely unsettled and complicated place, and we are here to help you properly plan for and make sense of it.

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2021 Dynasty Financial Partners Investments Forum in NASHVILLE 11.17.2021

In addition to the venue (Music City!), the lineup of talent and the level of content was truly amazing at this year’s Dynasty Financial Partners Investments Forum. Our President, Joseph Eschleman, CIMA®, Partner, Wealth Advisor, Jonathan LaTurner, and Director of Research and Analytics, Nathan Billigmeier, all spent an enriching and enjoyable three days “sharpening their professional saws” at the conference.

The highlights included:

Click below to see the full agenda of speakers, activities, and content that, in addition to some Music City fun during the evenings, kept Joseph, Jonathan, and Nathan moving for three days!!

2021 Dynasty Financial Partners Investments Forum Schedule of Events

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Will EVs Rise Mean Combustion’s Demise? 08.27.2021

Big Oil. A somewhat-pejorative name used to describe the world’s six largest publicly traded oil and gas companies:


BPChevronExxonMobilRoyal Dutch ShellTotalEnergies, and ConocoPhillips.

BP, Chevron, ExxonMobil, Royal Dutch Shell, TotalEnergies, and ConocoPhillips

These “supermajors” are facing intense challenges, specifically to their oil reserves and production. Pressure to cut back traditional upstream spending and redirect capital into renewable energy projects is intense, which we believe will drive oil supply down and oil prices higher.

Renewable svs Oil and Gas

Oil production growth outside of OPEC+ has been extremely difficult to achieve, and recent ESG pressures have exacerbated these problems. In what the New York Times dubbed a “stunning defeat” for ExxonMobil, and a huge win for ESG proponents, activist investor Engine No. 1 secured three new directors (out of 12 total) to ExxonMobil’s board of directors, with a specific mandate to reduce the company’s carbon footprint by curtailing capital investments into its upstream oil and gas businesses. At about the same time, a Dutch court ruled that Royal Dutch Shell must cut its CO2 output by 45% by 2030 to align company policy with the Paris Climate Accord.

What will happen when the other supermajors are also forced comply with mounting ESG and governmental pressures and reduce upstream spending? We believe non-OPEC production will continue to decline, further paving the way towards increased capital expenditures for renewable energy projects. Rystad Energy analysis forecasts renewable energy projects to set a new record in 2021 ($243 billion), narrowing the gap with oil and gas spending (projected to be relatively flat at $311 billion).

These facts all align with the multi-step strategy that President Biden announced just earlier this month: By 2030, half of all new vehicles sold in the US should be electric. And while this goal is a bit loftier than the EV sales projections found below, the transition from oil to electric is obviously no longer a trend, but instead a full-blown movement.

Electric Vehicle Stocks

Underscoring this movement was the pledge made by executives from the three largest US auto companies: 40 to 50% of their new car sales would be electric by the end of the decade. Understanding that gas-powered vehicles are the single biggest source of greenhouse gases in the US (producing more than 25% of our total emissions), a rapid shift from combustion engines to EVs continues to aggressively take place. Need further confirmation?

The question certainly remains: Will consumers buy them?

At Towerpoint Wealth, we recognize there are obstacles: higher sticker prices, the lack of widespread charging stations (needed for longer-distance drivers), stress to the country’s power grid (if every American drove an EV today, the US could end up using about 25% more electricity than it does today), and pressure from labor unions (EVs have 30-40% fewer moving parts, and require fewer workers to assemble) are all headwinds to this movement. However, we also believe it is just a matter of time before combustion-engine vehicles take their place next to rotary phones, VCRs, and the folding maps.

rotary phones, VCRs, and the folding maps

What’s Happening at TPW?

Three generations of Eschleman men!

Our President, Joseph Eschleman, attended the Philadelphia Phillies / Tampa Bay Rays game on Wednesday evening at Citizens Bank Park in Philly, with his father Eric and his 11-year-old son, Henry.

The Phils blew the game in the ninth inning, but all three Eschlemans had a great time together!

President, Joseph Eschleman, attended the Philadelphia Phillies his father Eric and his 11-year-old son, Henry

In an effort to maximize our productivity as a firm, we were early to adopt Salesforce as our customer relationship management (CRM) software.

Salesforce forms the backbone of our operations, allowing us to efficiently administer and manage all of our interactions with clients, colleagues, prospects, and friends.

A huge thank you to Ryan O’ConnellDynasty Financial Partners’ CRM specialist (in the photo, “sandwiched” between Michelle Venezia and Lori Heppner after lunch yesterday) for being on site this week to assist with a Salesforce instance upgrade, helping us to stay ahead of the curve and better interface and communicate with each of our clients!

Ryan O'Connell Dynasty Financial Partners Michelle Venezia Lori Heppner

Illustrations/Graphs of the Week

Have you heard that federal capital gains taxes may soon be increasing?

Although the final details of President Biden’s American Families Plan to potentially increase capital gains taxes (to pay for some portion of the various US Congressional domestic priorities such as education and child care) are not yet specified, they are likely to influence securities prices and financial market conditions.

Oddly, the chart below depicts the price return of the S&P 500 index six months before and six months after capital gains taxes were increased.

By far (and we feel, surprisingly), the six months BEFORE capital gains taxes are increased represent the periods of most risk to equity prices.

Capital Gains Tax Stocks


Trending Today

As the 24/7 news cycle churns, twists, and turns, there have been a number of trending and notable events that have occurred over the past few weeks:

As always, we sincerely value our relationships and partnerships with each of you, as well as your trust and confidence in us here at Towerpoint Wealth. We encourage you to reach out to us at any time (916-405-9140, info@towerpointwealth.com) with any questions, concerns, or needs you may have. The world continues to be an extremely unsettled and complicated place, and we are here to help you properly plan for and make sense of it.

– Joseph, Jonathan, Steve, Lori, Nathan, and Michelle

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Five Things I Wish Someone Told Me Before I Became A Founder 02.12.2021

Our President, Joseph F. Eschleman, CIMA®, was interviewed by Candice Georgiadis, a contributing writer to Authority Magazine, as part of her series about leadership lessons of accomplished business leaders. Joseph’s story and message does an excellent job of summarizing not only how passionate and driven he is as President and founder of Towerpoint Wealth, but also the grit, tenacity, and hard work it takes to build and grow an individual advisory practice, and to then pivot, and ultimately build and grow a $300 million boutique wealth management firm.

Click HERE to read the Joseph Eschleman / Towerpoint Wealth story!

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President Joseph Eschleman Interviewed by Diamond Consultants

The ability to freely and creatively communicate with clients has proven to be critical during the COVID-19 crisis. And it is this freedom that served as one of the primary drivers of the decision to establish Towerpoint Wealth as a fully independent wealth management firm back in 2017. Click below to listen to Louis Diamond, of Diamond Consultants, interview our president, Joe Eschleman, as they discuss how leaving Wells Fargo, with the help of Dynasty Financial Partners and Charles Schwab, and establishing Towerpoint Wealth allowed him to freely and creatively engage with clients and prospects, offer a much broader suite of services and products, and act as a true legal fiduciary to each TPW client.