Markets would be uninteresting without uncertainty

Edward J. Perkin, CFA
Chief Equity Investment Officer, Eaton Vance

As an investor, you have to have a mindset that embraces uncertainty. As human beings, we crave certainty. We want things to be clear. We all wish we had a crystal ball. I think opportunity in investment markets comes from the fear that others have and the uncertainty about potential outcomes.”



You can’t buy today’s world at yesterday’s price

Eric Stein, CFA
Co-Director of Global Income, Eaton Vance

“After a period of market volatility, I think it’s natural for investors to second guess themselves and ask, ‘What should I have done differently? I wish I could do a trade today at yesterday’s price.’ But it’s important to set the parameters of reality—it’s impossible to buy today’s world at yesterday’s price. Investors need to focus on being forward-thinking when they see a big move in the markets.”



No one should crave a periscope from the grave

Jeffrey L. Condon
Attorney & Author

“Acting as a periscope from the grave, financial advisors play an integral role in helping their clients to anticipate problems that could surface after they have passed away. By understanding the unintended potential consequences of various estate planning decisions, you can counsel your clients appropriately. Then they will not need to crave a periscope from the grave, because they will have promoted harmony among their children and protected their inheritance from estate taxes or probate.”


Jeffrey Condon is not an employee of Eaton Vance.


Don’t let your political views influence your investment decision-making

Bill Hackney, CFA
Senior Partner at Atlanta Capital Management

There’s very little direct correlation between politics and the stock market. Public policy and politics can, in the long term, certainly affect the economy and the stock market, but it does so with a lag.”