Wealth Insights

Market Update: OPEC and Equity Market Volatility

Global equity markets tumbled Monday, continuation of concerns around the growth of the COVID-19 virus, and new fears of a price war between Saudi Arabia and Russia after the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) failed to come to a consensus around oil production. On Saturday, Saudi Arabia slashed official crude oil selling prices for April and is preparing to increase production, indicating a sudden shift from their previous stance to support the oil market as global demand weakened from coronavirus fears. The price cut comes after a breakdown in OPEC talks last week, with Russia rejecting additional cuts. Oil had its worst day since 1991 during the Gulf War, diving more than 30% at intra-day lows, causing additional uncertainty and volatility in global markets.

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Volatile market events create unexpected opportunities for wealthy investors

Fear and uncertainty regarding the spread and impact of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak have created widespread volatility across various investment markets beginning in late February of 2020. And while many news outlets and headlines focus on the risks the virus poses to the general population and drastic drops in domestic markets, there have also been unexpected market opportunities created in the wake of the virus that may benefit wealthy investors.

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Team Member Spotlight: Melissa Lamb

Each member of the diversely talented team at Waldron leverages his or her unique skillset and experience to help our clients solve their immediate challenges and achieve their long-term goals.

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The Entrepreneurial Journey: Nothing happens in business until a sale is made

Successful entrepreneurs tend to progress through four phases of the business lifecycle: survival, growth, maturation and the day after. Each phase has its own set of challenges, both financial and emotional. And while no journey is the same, there are many commonalities, and awareness of these commonalities will allow you to prepare your business and yourself to deal with them. One common challenge in the survival phase is the need for a steadfast belief in the service or product that you are bringing to market.

In the very beginning of an enterprise, think of a home brewer who has produced a perfect case of oatmeal stout, there are a lot of emotions. Excitement and confidence that this product is not only better than the competition, but something that you know people want. Maybe the initial proving ground was only friends or colleagues, but you feel it in your gut – this is going to work. Worry and concern are likely there too, that you will have to lay out a significant amount of money or take on significant debt to produce and market your product. Then there’s anxiety about timing and logistics – have you registered your business, do you have the necessary licenses, are you in compliance with all the relevant ordinances? There are a lot of planning and financial issues to work through, not to mention the related taxation and legal considerations. And whether you have saved up sufficient capital to hire professionals to identify these issues and help you develop a strategy to work through them, or whether you are flying by the seat of your pants and financing and managing everything on your own – there will likely be expenses and challenges you didn’t anticipate anyway, which will only amplify the emotions you are already dealing with.

But if you truly believe and are able to press on and launch your business, you give yourself a chance to succeed. The key is to be aware that along with a great product and an intelligently composed business plan, you need emotional balance as well. It will be a wild ride, especially in the survival stage, with the pendulum swinging from fear because of debt you’ve taken on to exuberance and perhaps overconfidence from a key initial sale. Not letting the highs get too high and or the the lows get too low will allow you to see more clearly and make objective, sound decisions. But to get to the point where your business begins bringing in revenue, you have to be willing to take that leap of faith and maintain confidence in the face of uncertainty.

For more information about The Entrepreneurial Journey or to read an excerpt from the book, click here.


Interested in learning more about business sale strategies? View our additional resources and get a free copy of John Waldron’s “The Entrepreneurial Journey” below.


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After a great year like 2019, should I be taking risk off the table?

2019 was an extraordinary year for capital markets. 

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The Entrepreneurial Journey: Getting your new business off the ground

Three years ago, I asked a key member of my leadership team to head up a data collection project. The goal was to interview a wide range of our successful business owner clients to identify common attributes, experiences and insights from their journeys through each stage of the business lifecycle. It’s worth noting that throughout the history of our firm, we have helped hundreds of business owning families to simplify the financial complexities they face, from succession planning, to pre and post-transaction planning, to tax planning to next generation wealth planning and education, and that each client faces unique challenges and has unique goals they wish to achieve. So in many ways, each journey is entirely different. The intent of the research was to understand the emotional and technical aspects of their challenges, unearth the root causes and identify best practices which other entrepreneurs could use to guide them on their own journeys.

What I learned from our clients, and the insights I gained reflecting on my experience starting and growing Waldron Private Wealth, was the inspiration to write The Entrepreneurial Journey.

The starting point for any entrepreneur is an idea. Seeing something that doesn’t exist that should, a better way of delivering a service or a more efficient way to deliver a product. An opportunity that hasn’t been discovered yet. This is where most journeys begin, and also where many end, because two other essential components are needed to get an idea off the ground: The belief that your idea is valuable and the drive to take the idea from concept to deliverable. Doubt. Fear. Even comfort can work against you at this stage. Counteracting these emotions can be the biggest challenge to your venture, bigger than competition in the marketplace or prevailing economic factors because without a clear belief in your idea and the drive to realize your vision, no idea, no matter how great, has a chance.

This is the first in a series of posts introducing topics and takeaways from The Entrepreneurial Journey. This series will explore the lessons learned from entrepreneurs who clearly understood what it takes to be successful.

For more information about The Entrepreneurial Journey or to read an excerpt from the book, click here.


Interested in learning more about getting your business off the ground? View our additional resources and get a free copy of John Waldron’s “The Entrepreneurial Journey” below.


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Technology, Tequila and Trends Impacting Businesses in Western Pennsylvania

The rate at which technology is impacting business is accelerating. And the breadth of that impact is expanding as well.

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Clemente’s 3,000th hit: Celebrating Clemente’s amazing life and milestone

On September 30, 1972, Roberto Clemente faced NY Mets starter Jon Matlack in the bottom of the 4th inning of a scoreless game when Roberto reached for on off-the-plate curve ball and smacked it into the gap for a double.

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Strategies to help your children build great credit

The importance of having good credit reaches far beyond the ability to buy a car. 

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Waldron Outside The Office: Volunteering in Caledonia

A massive tarantula crawling through our luggage. A “bad” (poisonous) snake slithering under our seats during an outdoor church service. 100 degree temperatures with no air conditioning. And, wait for it…no flushing toilet paper down the toilet! Garbage can it is! But these things pale in comparison to the amazing experience that my team and I had in Belize.

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