Welcome to Joel Isaacson & Co.
Joel Isaacson & Co. LLC is a leading independent wealth management firm in New York City—with the knowledge and resources to plan for our clients’ needs. For over 20 years, we have been providing comprehensive fee-only wealth management services to our clients. Our independence means that our focus is clearly on our clients’ best interests. We are not attached to any big institutional firms and we maintain our objectivity at all times to provide our clients with our best possible advice to help them achieve their personal and business goals.
Our difference: A unique combination of sophisticated planning, investment management and highly integrated tax strategies set Joel Isaacson & Co. apart from our competition.
The benefits to our clients are clear: We provide long-term, innovative wealth management and truly individualized personal service, year after year, from generation to generation.
Joel Isaacson & Co. is registered as an investment adviser with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Will 2014 Follow 2013's Lead
An improving global economy as well as the Federal Reserve’s supportive policies helped propel stocks higher during the fourth quarter and for the full year. Large cap U.S. stocks rose 32%, their best annual gains since 1997, while small cap stocks soared even higher. As economic conditions in Europe and Japan showed some signs of improvement, developed international stocks were strong as well, returning 22% for the year. In contrast, emerging-markets stocks were negative, as investors reacted to softer economic growth and potential changes in U.S. monetary policy.
Looking ahead, the Fed’s tapering can be viewed as a vote of confidence on the economy. However, its intention to keep the federal funds rate near zero for the foreseeable future reflects its view that risks remain. Even as we recognize economic improvements here and globally, we continue to see excessive global debt, continued sluggish wage and income growth, unprecedented monetary policies with uncertain exit plans, and questions about the strength of economies around the globe, including the eurozone, China, and Japan.
In short, while there have been fundamental improvements in the macro environment over the past year, many big-picture risks remain as we look out over the next five years. Therefore, we believe it is prudent to manage portfolios with these risks—and their potentially significant market impacts—firmly in mind.
We appreciate your confidence and trust, and extend our best wishes for a happy, healthy, and prosperous new year.