Michael Yoshikami, Ph.D., CFP®, is CEO and Founder of Destination Wealth Management and Chairman of DWM's Portfolio Strategy Committee. Founded in 1986, Destination is a San Francisco Bay Area-based independent firm that provides fee-based wealth management services to institutional and individual investors. Michael was named by Barron's1 as one of the "Top 100 Independent Financial Advisors", six years in a row (2009 – 2014).
Michael has over 30 years of experience in the investment management and financial planning field. He oversees the economic viewpoints of the firm and the integration into client portfolios. As Chairman of the Portfolio Strategy Committee, he oversees the macro tactical asset allocation weightings for client portfolios. Additionally, he works with Destination's investment team in integrating behavioral investing strategies with the firm's core fundamental perspective.
Michael provides commentary to Reuters, Dow Jones, the Wall Street Journal, and other international publications and publishes a weekly investment market/investing report that examines the macro environment and its impact on investment decisions. He is a finance professor at National University of Singapore, holds a Ph.D. in education, and has earned the Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) designation.
There's a change at the top for General Motors as the U.S. government (and the Board) flexes its muscles and dictates company policy. As we have said on many occasions, assistance from the U.S. government comes with a high price and lack of independence is at the top of the list. So Fritz is out.
Dubai is now the next domino to fall as the fragility of the world's banking system comes under further pressure.
In U.S. President Barack Obama's speech to Asia-Pacific leaders at the APEC Summit in Singapore over the weekend, he highlighted the importance of a strong China economy in the context of global growth.
It appears that Washington is about to enact sweeping legislation that will be the greatest shift in public policy in decades. Yes, we can bemoan the lack of a completely private enterprise driven system but the reality is Big Brother is here and he's not going away. Without a doubt there will be implications for investors that need to be considered; and it's not all bad news from an investment perspective.