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JULY 2011

K AT H L E E N A D A M S , C F P ®

Financial Advisor
Waddell & Reed, Inc.
1141 Highland Avenue
2nd Floor, Suite 211
Manhattan Beach, CA 9026
T: 310.545.7234
F: 310.545.7231
E: kathleen@wradvisors.com
www.kathleenadams.wrfa.com

THIS ISSUE
Note from Kathleen......... P. 1-2
Market in First Half............. P.2
What’s New With Us............ P.2
Japan’s Disaster Generates.......
Energy Innovations.............. P.3
Betting on America.............. P.3
In the Community................ P.4
I SSUE

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q u a r t e r l y
n e w s l e t t e r

NOTE
FROM
KATHLEEN…
As we hit the midway point of 2011 the market is finding it
difficult to stop and take a deep breath. The last few months have
been incredibly volatile and continue to react to market headlines
with little to no idea of what the future political and economic
landscape will be. Currently, Greece and Europe appear to be the
source for the majority of market fluctuations. Last quarter it was
Japan.
Two Critical Investing Lessons
“The only certainty is that nothing is certain.”
-Pliny the Elder
“It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what
you know for sure that just ain’t so.”
-Mark Twain
These are two quotes written 1,900 years apart that highlight two
important lessons for investors from the recent events in Greece.
One is that portfolios need to be constructed to expect the
unexpected and anticipate the unanticipated. The other relates to
trying to avoid a very costly trap that ensnares investors.
...cont. on page 2

Securities and Investment Advisory Services are offered through Waddell & Reed, Inc.,
a Broker/Dealer, Member FINRA/SIPC and Federally Registered Investment Advisor.
Waddell & Reed is not affiliated with Adams, Swift & Associates

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NOTE FROM KATHLEEN CONT.
LESSON 1
The only way to try to deal with the uncertainty
and manage the impact of unforeseen events is
to keep risk management as much of a priority
as performance. In our practice, we focus on
diversification, long term perspective, an intense
manager selection process, and maintaining
long term plans though short term adversity1.

LESSON 2
Avoid overconfidence. There will always be
someone who has made a big bet that has paid
off and is doing better than you as a result. A
risk-controlled investing approach seldom gives
you bragging rights on the golf course. “Big bet”
investors typically have a high degree of confidence
as their investment soars, right up until the next
disaster catches them by surprise. Research done
by University of Chicago’s Richard Thaler has
demonstrated that overconfidence is among the
mostly costly traits an investor can have. The key to
risk control is to not let a single unexpected event
cause permanent damage to your portfolio due to
lack of diversity1.

Enjoy the rest of your summer!
Warm regards,

Investing involves risk and the potential to lose principal.
Diversification and other investment strategies do not ensure
a profit or protect against loss in declining markets
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M A R K E T
P E R F O R M A N C E

I N

T H E

F I R S T

H A L F

Developed markets registered solid gains in
the first quarter, despite the setback from
March’s earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
The second quarter was a different story,
with concerns arising from growing inflation
threats in emerging markets, sovereign debt
worries in Europe and a downgrading of
growth forecasts for the global economy.

WHAT’S NEW

WITH US:
B E V E R LY H I L L S
We continue to look for ways in which we
can provide the highest level of service to our
clients and associates. Towards the end of this
year we will be opening an office in Beverly
Hills to help accommodate current & future
Westside clients.
Our Manhattan Beach office will continue to be
our main office and your source of contact.

J A PA N ’ S D I S A S T E R G E N E R AT E S

E N E R G Y I N N O VAT I O N S
Japan’s devastating earthquake and tsunami,
which destroyed a quarter of the power-generation
capacity near Tokyo and adjacent regions,
might ultimately boost energy innovation. The
government is asking households and businesses
to conserve energy during the summer months
and may offer incentives for energy-saving
technologies.
One idea is to promote solar power by paying
businesses and homeowners to feed energy into
the grid. This would encourage increased use of
solar panels, which are standard on most newly
built houses, and would result in an estimated 80
percent energy savings.
A government proposal to subsidize the cost of
LED lighting in place of traditional incandescent
bulbs could mean energy savings of 50 percent.
Even though the cost of a LED bulb is pricey –
about $60 compared to a $1 incandescent bulb –
the LED is said to last 40 times longer.
Another proposal would subsidize large,
rechargeable batteries for use in home power
generation. The batteries would draw from the
grid overnight and, when used during the day,
would reduce peak daytime demand for power.
At the moment, these are nothing but proposals
and insufficient to compensate for the energy
production lost due to damaged nuclear plants.
But Japan’s first disaster-relief bill included about
7.7 billion yen (about $95 million) for energy
conservation/innovation, and more is possibly on
the way.

BETTING ON AMERICA
Warren Buffet gives his opinion on America’s
position moving forward. Here’s an excerpt
from his letter to investors, published in
February 2011.
“Last year - in the face of widespread pessimism
about our economy - we demonstrated our
enthusiasm for capital investment at Berkshire
by spending $6 billion on property and
equipment. Of this amount, $5.4 billion - or 90%
of the total - was spent in the United States.
Certainly our businesses will expand abroad in
the future, but an overwhelming part of their
future investments will be at home. In 2011, we
will set a new record for capital spending - $8
billion - and spend all of the $2 billion increase
in the United States.
Money will always flow toward opportunity
and there is an abundance of that in America.
Commentators often talk of “great uncertainty”.
Throughout my lifetime, politicians and pundits
have constantly moaned about terrifying
problems facing America.
Yet our citizens now live an astonishing six times
better than when I was born. The prophets
of doom have overlooked the all-important
factor that is certain: Human potential is far
from exhausted, and the American system for
unleashing that potential - a system that has
worked wonders for over two centuries despite
frequent interruptions for recessions and even
a Civil War - remains alive and effective.”

(Source: The Economist)
Securities and Investment Advisory Services are offered through Waddell & Reed, Inc., a Broker/Dealer,
Member FINRA/SIPC and Federally Registered Investment Advisor. Waddell & Reed is not affiliated with
Adams, Swift & Associates

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IN T H E

C O M M U NITY…Next

Throughout the year we have been working closely
with NextStep. NextStep is an organization that brings
the latest in fitness, health, and wellness to individuals
living with paralysis and other physical disabilities in
Southern California.
In August of 2006, a tragic accident in Manhattan Beach
left Janne Kouri paralyzed. Doctors told him that he
would never walk again. Three years later, he took his
first steps which were documented on ABC’s “Good
Morning America.”
With over 6 million people in the US living with
paralysis, we all know someone, a brother, sister, friend,

Step

Fitness

neighbor, or colleague, struggling with a disability
who deserves better, and that story reminds us that
everyone should have the same chance Janne did.
While many might call this a miracle, his recovery has
not been the result of chance. He was lucky enough
to have access to the best doctors and therapeutic
techniques. Yet for most victims of paralysis even
the most basic care is too costly. In June of 2008,
Janne opened NextStep Fitness and dedicated his
life to helping others have access to the latest, most
progressive, non-invasive rehabilitation regardless of
cost.

On July 26th, we
are helping to
host an event
with NextStep to
raise money and
awareness for this
great foundation.

www.nextstepfitness.org

If you would like
to join us for this
special evening
or would like to
donate to this
great cause,
please visit

Waddell & Reed, Inc. is not affiliated with any companies, organizations or individuals mentioned herein and does not endorse or recommended
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The information contained in this newsletter is for informational purposes only. It is based on data gathered from what we believe to be reliable
sources. It is not guaranteed by Waddell & Reed, Inc. as to accuracy, does not purport to be complete and is not intended to be used as a primary
basis for investment decisions. It does not constitute a solicitation for the purchase or sale of any security. Please discuss any financial matters with
qualified professional prior to making financial decisions.

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Securities and Investment Advisory Services are offered through Waddell & Reed, Inc., a Broker/Dealer,
Member FINRA/SIPC and Federally Registered Investment Advisor.
Waddell & Reed is not affiliated with Adams, Swift & Associates


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