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What Can Investors Learn from the Phillies?  

There is much excitement about the Phillies’ playoff run here in the Delaware Valley. Did you know there are some things the Phillies did in building their current team that apply to strategies used in investing?

At the trade deadline this year, the Phillies acquired Brandon Marsh and Noah Syndergaard.  At the time, Marsh was batting a paltry .226, and Syndergaard was not performing as well as he had in the past.   When asked why the Phillies acquired Marsh, the underperforming former first-rounder, GM Dave Dombrowski indicated they thought Marsh was an excellent player and saw something specific in his swing they thought they could fix.

Their stock was down at the time, and the Phillies bought anyway… and we’ve come to find out why they bought low.   Marsh batted .288 once he became a Phillies player, and he hit a three-run homer in the Phillies NLDS clincher.

They bought low.

For our clients who are already retired, you likely benefited from previous market dips as you were able to buy low and add to your 401(k)s. Market pullbacks can mean stocks are “on-sale” from previously higher prices.   Now can be a time for those who are still saving to invest cash or a time for retirees to lean on their bond ladder.  While these market events are painful and we take them very seriously, we see value in keeping a long-term focus… just as the Phillies did.


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