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About Brick Financial Management, LLC

Brick Financial (about us) specializes in providing investment management services to individuals, families, organizations and institutions. We implement highly focused stock, bond, and balanced portfolios using an investment approach commonly referred to as value investing. We can also serve your financial planning needs through our comprehensive Wealth Management program.

We are influenced by many great investment thinkers namely Benjamin Graham. Mr. Graham was a highly respected professor of finance (Columbia Business School) as well as an investment manager. Mr. Graham laid the foundation of our investment style in his seminal work, co-authored with David Dodd, Security Analysis (1934). Mr. Graham’s investment principles have influenced today’s most successful investors, including Warren Buffett. Although this investment philosophy has been known for three quarters of a century it is practiced by very few in the investment field. As a result, the portfolio of the value investing practitioner will be contrary to the portfolio of the typical investor. This contrarian condition provides superior performance results in the long term for patient and diligent investors.

We at Brick Financial consider ourselves your “Wealth Building Concierge”. In line with our Mission, it is our goal to manage your investments so that they might eventually increase your wealth. We do this by strictly adhering to our own Guiding Principles, following a value investment philosophy and avoiding the mistakes of the typical investor. This is not just lip service as we have a substantial portion of our own net worth invested in the portfolios we run thus aligning our interests with those of our clients.

Please feel free to explore our website to find out more about us, our philosophy, our performance, and our ethical standards.  Also be sure to peruse our letters to our clients and our other commentary (articles, blog). Finally, we encourage you to join us on our quest toward wealth by becoming a client today. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Letters to Our Clients

The Latest Client Letter:

 

December 2007 Client Letter  (PDF)

- February 17, 2008

Our Core Model Portfolio returned to the winner’s column this year besting each of the benchmark indices for 2007.

 

Highlights>>

Our performance “report card” and 2007 in review

From the table below it’s easy to see that over the last one, three, five years and since inception we have increased our capital. In addition, our Core Portfolio has beaten the market and the average domestic equity mutual fund over that time. We would generally say that meeting either of our performance expectations would garner us a grade of at least a B. With annualized returns of 17.9%, we’ve exceeded our performance expectations of 12-15% and outperformed the market since inception by about 6.6%. In other words, we think we have performed respectively over the last 5-plus years (ending 12/31/2007) and we have earned a grade of B+.

 

 

Since Inception

Core Portfolio

17.9%

S&P 500

11.3%

Margin of victory/(defeat)

6.6%

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Articles of Interest
Benchmarking Your Portfolio's Performance
by Benjamin B. Taylor

Dear Robert Kiyosaki
by Benjamin B. Taylor

Know Your Net Worth
courtesy of Financial Planning Association
 
You Ought to be Rich
by Benjamin B. Taylor


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