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Comparing the Pros and Cons of Passive and Active Investing
By Mark K. W. Gim / October 2, 2017
What are the pros and cons of using passive or active approaches for investors, and which is right for you?

Leveraging Your Securities to Finance Your Short Term Cash Needs
By Mark K. W. Gim / April 24, 2017
As an investor, you may be satisfied with your long-term plan to manage your investment assets, but could find yourself in a financial situation that requires a fast response: an opportunity to purchase real estate, an attractive but time-sensitive business transaction, or an unexpected expense that you need to meet in the short term. Securities-based lending (SBL) may be the right way to access liquidity without the tax consequences of selling investments or changing your asset allocation.

How Could Rising Interest Rates Impact Your Wealth?
By Mark K. W. Gim / March 21, 2017
It's important to understand how movements in markets can affect your wealth management goals. Here's a brief summary of some of the effects of rising interest rates on investments, and how your strategies may need to change with the financial environment.

What Effects Will the Trump Administration Have On Investing?
By Mark K. W. Gim / February 6, 2017
With a new President in office, what will the investment landscape look like in 2017? Here’s what we think so far.

How to Position Your Investments in Today’s Markets
By Mark K. W. Gim / December 5, 2016
From Brexit, to Presidential elections to interest rates, there are countless changing factors to consider when investing.

5 Easy Steps to Building an Efficient Investment Portfolio
By Mark K. W. Gim / November 7, 2016
Building an investment portfolio is a lot like constructing a house…it takes a solid foundation and a lot of careful planning.

Perspectives on the Market’s Volatility - January 7, 2016
By Washington Trust / January 7, 2016
Financial markets have had a difficult start to 2016 to say the least. Similar to last August, the proximate cause for the market swoon has been a weakening of the Chinese currency, which in theory is pegged to the dollar. Monetary authorities in China, who are in the process of opening up their economy and financial system, have had little choice but to ratchet the peg lower due to slowing economic growth or risk being overwhelmed by market forces.

Points to Consider About Active Management
By Washington Trust / December 11, 2015
Are you better off investing in an actively managed account or a passively managed index fund? That question has been the subject of much debate.

The opinions expressed in this blog are those of the author and may not reflect those of Washington Trust Wealth Management. The information in this report has been obtained from sources believed to be reliable, but its accuracy and completeness are not guaranteed. Any opinions expressed herein are subject to change at any time without notice. Any person relying upon this information shall be solely responsible for the consequences of such reliance. Performance is historical and does not guarantee future results.

Such information does not constitute legal or professional advice as all situations are unique and are based on individual facts and circumstances.

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