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Welcome to LeConte Wealth Management.

We are an independent financial firm that has been helping the good people of East Tennessee establish and maintain their long-term financial goals since 2007.

If you’re a current client, you’ll find links to access your account, make appointments with us, get up-to-date information about the stock markets, and view useful resources that can help empower you to be a more knowledgeable investor (the kind we like!).

If you’re not currently acquainted with our firm, we’ve established this Web site as a way for you to get to know us and understand how we can help you get to that point where you don’t have to worry about whether your money is doing right by you.

Join us on our blog, Financial Friction for our take on investment and economic topics written from our independent, plain spoken perspective.


This is How We Help Clients

The Role of Your Financial Advisor

  • The Evolution of Advice

    During the past twenty years, things have changed in the world of financial services. Investors have shifted away from relying on stock brokers to make their investment decisions. Though equity and insurance brokers certainly provided access to a variety of great products, they were salesmen looking for commissions on trades and offering advice only secondarily. The client who needed advice regarding taxation, for instance, had to consult a CPA. And, when somebody needed help planning for retirement, many stockbrokers struggled to assist.
    As investment products have become increasingly complex and investor needs have expanded, clients have turned from brokers to financial professionals. Individuals who used to pay for products and get guidance for free now pay for guidance while still getting best-of-class products. Because we believe that the trend toward guidance conforms to our client-first philosophy, we offer ourselves to you as wealth consultants.

  • Re-Defining Wealth Management

    Wealth management is about replacing products with process. Instead of picking the hottest stocks, we rely on a strict investment methodology to ensure that our clients’ portfolios are aligned with their best interests. Instead of trying to sell a particular product, we assess your personal goals and needs before considering what sort of investment might be appropriate. Instead of turning you away when you ask us to develop a plan, we embrace you. Wealth management is a process driven strategy that provides total professional services.

  • Independence

    Independence lies at the core of wealth management. With no obligation to sell a particular product, we suggest the best suited product. Knowing that there is no one-size-fits-all solution to personal finance, we strive to find the proper solutions for you. Our services range from coordinating an estate plan to managing investment risk, from income distribution planning, to business succession planning. We have partnered with accountants and attorneys to provide solutions to all of your financial needs, and we promote our clients, not a product.
    As a process driven, independent wealth manager, we seek to provide invaluable financial guidance to high net worth individuals with complex planning needs. Our goal is to help you achieve your goals. Our strategy is wealth management.

A Bear, A Bear!

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While we have issued our own warning about bond risks, the semi-official list of Bond Haters continues to grow:

Bill Gross – “Most short to intermediate Treasury yields, however, are dangerously close to the zero-bound which imply little if any room to fall: no margin, no air underneath those bond yields and therefore limited, if any, price appreciation.”

Warren Buffett – “They are among the most dangerous of assets”

Jeremy Grantham - "We are literally running out of superlatives to describe how much we hate bonds," GMO says. "Yields are pitiful, dangers of even a slight recovery that could wreak havoc for long-duration portfolios loom, and monetary policies globally certainly have added to the specter of rising yields."

Larry Fink, Blackrock – “Investors who seek the safety of treasury bonds will have minimal returns and will not be able to meet their needs with the U.S. Federal Reserve expected to keep interest rates low, said Fink, who in 1988 co-founded the New York-based manager with $3.5 trillion of assets. By contrast, equities are trading at the lowest valuations in 20 or 30 years.”

For balance, here is the counterpoint to the Bond Bears:

“This recovery has not been a great recovery with regard to income gains, and income gains are a function of both growth in wages and jobs,” Jeffrey Rosenberg, the chief investment strategist for fixed-income at BlackRock Inc., the world’s biggest money manager, said in a Feb. 1 interview in New York. “Why can’t you pass price increases through to consumers? It’s because consumers aren’t seeing income gains.”

Read the full article here.

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