¡Que lo Que!

  ¡Que lo que! Que lo que (What the what?) is the most popular slang phrase from the Dominican Republic. People use it to greet others, like “what’s up”. Jose Antonio (the man that is starting a natural juice business) is doing great! We now have a logo designed for his business and he is working towards a weekly savings plan so that he can buy a blender. He is such a hard worker. Every time we meet with him, his pulls out his notebook full of questions and comments. Last week his homework was to talk to two potential customers within a couple of days to see if they would be interested in becoming clients of his new business. Jose went above and beyond and talked to almost twenty different stores and solidified six of them as clients. He is so eager to learn and loves what we are
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Beware of this one thing . . .

With the market making all time highs seemingly every week, we’ve been asked, “When is the market going to crash?” Our immediate answer focuses on two things – No one knows when the market is going to crash. It might happen when we see excesses in the market. In this week’s podcast we discuss how excesses in the market (also known as euphoria) might be the one thing to cause the next downturn. We look back at history, the late 90’s and 2007 – 2008 to discuss what happened when excesses caused the market to crash and how indexing certainly was not the best answer. We discuss not only the excesses, but more importantly, What did we do about it back then? What are we going to do about it now? Here’s to wise investing, Iron Gate Global Advisors – SPECIAL IGGA UPDATE –  You may have noticed some different
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Week 2: Our Guardian Angels: The Dominicans

Week 2: Our Guardian Angels: The Dominicans We made it another week! We absolutely love it here. With temperatures in the 90-95°F range and 100% humidity, the freezing cold showers are something we have come to look forward to. The people here tell us we are just starting the hot season; I don’t know how much hotter it can get before we literally melt (no wonder countries like the Dominican Republic have record Coca-Cola intake levels – there is nothing better on a hot day.) Although the Dominican Republic has uncomfortably hot weather, the people make up for it. We are constantly impressed and extremely grateful for the generosity and kindness of the Dominican people. Part of our program includes traveling long distances almost every day to new places. Although we are unfamiliar with the country, we get on buses with complete confidence that someone will take care of us
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Week 1: Morning Wake Up Call……COCONUTS!

Greetings from the Dominican Republic. Our first week working here in this country has been nothing short of an adventure! We have been assigned to the area of La Romana. La Romana is on the coast, west of the capital of the Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo. Only eight months ago, La Romana was opened as the second working area of the DR. We are here with another couple, some of our greatest friends, Sydney and Josh Billings. Together we go out everyday to teach the Dominican people self-reliance skills; especially those pertaining to business. We are absolutely loving our time here. Everyone is so kind and loving. One of our favorite parts of La Romana is our friend Antonio. He sells fruit from a cart beneath the window of our second-story apartment. Every morning around 5:45 am, we wake up to him chopping coconuts with his machete yelling a few
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Dominican Republic – Here We Come!

Iron Gate Family! My name is McKenna Strong. I am the account manager here at Iron Gate Global Advisors as well as a student at Utah State University studying Finance and Economics. Starting January 15, 2020 my husband, James, and I will be in the Dominican Republic as part of the SEED (Small Enterprise Education and Development) Program hosted by Utah State University. The SEED Program focuses on helping and empowering less fortunate individuals in foreign countries to become more successful and independent by teaching them entrepreneurial skills and business principles. Please visit https://huntsman.usu.edu/seed/index to learn more about SEED. As SEED interns in the Dominican Republic we will be working with two main partners; Operation Underground Railroad and Mentors International. Operation Underground Railroad (OUR) Operation Underground Railroad (OUR) is a non-profit organization dedicated to ending sex trafficking. Their main efforts are based in rescuing individual (mainly women and children) from
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Bear markets and the individual investor

Every year, the market falls at some point.  Since World War II, the average yearly fall has been -13.8%.  But what if it falls even more? Down 20%? That, my friends, is known as a Bear Market. In today’s podcast we talk all about these ugly Bear Markets. We discuss what investors can expect, how the individual investor managing their own money typically performs, and exactly how you should prepare. You won’t want to miss this one! Here’s to wise investing, Brian, Brett, Spencer and the Iron Gate Team   The commentary on this program reflects the personal opinions, viewpoints and analyses of the Iron Gate Global Advisors, LLC employees providing such comments, and should not be regarded as a description of advisory services provided by Iron Gate Global Advisors, LLC or performance returns of any Iron Gate Global Advisors, LLC Investments client. The views reflected in the commentary are
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2019 in review, 2020 preview

Once again, the pessimists got it wrong.  Despite what was supposed to be a horrible year, the market in 2019 was excellent! In today’s podcast, we review the biggest stories of 2019 and our forecasts (kindof) for 2020, including ONE THING that we strongly believe will happen. Lastly, we share with you our process and the importance of discipline when managing money, a philosophy of Iron Gate Global that will NEVER change. Here’s to wise investing, Iron Gate Global         The commentary on this program reflects the personal opinions, viewpoints and analyses of the Iron Gate Global Advisors, LLC employees providing such comments, and should not be regarded as a description of advisory services provided by Iron Gate Global Advisors, LLC or performance returns of any Iron Gate Global Advisors, LLC Investments client. The views reflected in the commentary are subject to change at any time without
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A popular portfolio strategy is dead

Finally. A death that should have occurred a long time ago has finally come. Bank of America recently put the final nail in the coffin of one of the most popular strategies taught and implemented over the last 50 years. Odds are you’ve probably at some point in your life had this portfolio strategy implemented for you, or maybe you still do? For some reason academia and the majority of portfolio managers loved this strategy. At Iron Gate, we’ve never subscribed to the philosophy and are glad that people are realizing it. (In fact, we’re celebrating its death!) In today’s podcast we discuss why this portfolio became popular and why it doesn’t work for most people. We also discuss our philosophy which has more to do with YOU than academia or popularity. Here’s to wise investing, Iron Gate Global Advisors     The commentary on this program reflects the personal
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An attitude of gratitude

Why is everyone so darn pessimistic!? There is too much doom and gloom out in the world today. In this week’s podcast we discuss – – Why right now is the best time to be alive in history – Why what you hear in the media is only half the story – Some amazing statistics that most people don’t know . . . and why during this Thanksgiving week all of us should have an attitude of gratitude. Here’s to wise investing, Iron Gate Global Advisors       The commentary on this program reflects the personal opinions, viewpoints and analyses of the Iron Gate Global Advisors, LLC employees providing such comments, and should not be regarded as a description of advisory services provided by Iron Gate Global Advisors, LLC or performance returns of any Iron Gate Global Advisors, LLC Investments client. The views reflected in the commentary are subject
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Are You Confident in Your Financial Future?

Can you confidently answer “YES!” to the following questions? Will You Run Out of Money in Retirement? Will You Survive Another 2008 Crash? The stress that comes from the not knowing what the future holds can be a dark cloud looming over the head of too many people.  Listen to this week’s podcast to hear our advisors discuss what you can do to increase your confidence in your financial future. Here’s to wise investing, Brian, Spencer, Brett and the entire Iron Gate family       The commentary on this program reflects the personal opinions, viewpoints and analyses of the Iron Gate Global Advisors, LLC employees providing such comments, and should not be regarded as a description of advisory services provided by Iron Gate Global Advisors, LLC or performance returns of any Iron Gate Global Advisors, LLC Investments client. The views reflected in the commentary are subject to change at
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