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August 2022 Client Newsletter

Hello Again! 

First Some Announcements: 

  • Your Investment Partners with Paul and Garrett is officially launched.  If you have a minute come join us for an in depth conversation about all things financial.   We have covered what to do when the market is down and out unique planning process The CLIMB® Process.   To listen: Click Here 
  • Recent Blog Posts include: Retirement Strategy: Planning Your Retirement Lifestyle, FHA vs Conventional Home Loans, Protecting Your Parents: Identifying and Preventing Elder Financial abuse in 2022, Thinking About Paying Off Your Child’s Student Loans? 5 Things to Consider, and more. To read visit: Click Here  
  • Recent YouTube Videos include: Dollar Cost Averaging, Five Ways to Find Financial Independence This Year, and Ideas to Prevent Cyber Crime, and more! To watch: Click Here.  


  • We will be having our annual review time in August through October of this year.  We will be reaching out to schedule a time with you.  If you would like to meet before that time, please call or reply to this email and let’s schedule a time. When you do come in for a review, please remember to bring last years taxes as well as any financial statements that may be helpful.   

What to do during a downturn in the market 

          With the launch of our new podcast, we wanted to highlight a recent episode where we talked about what to do when the market is in a correction.  We covered a range of ideas, but we wanted to highlight just three things you can do during the volatility.

  1. Go Bargain Hunting
  2. Add to Current Positions
  3. Do Nothing

Bargain Hunting can be a lot of fun during an otherwise stressful time.  When markets trend down there is often sectors, areas, or companies that get sold regardless of good underlying fundamentals.  We often talk about the “forced seller” where there is an individual or a company that needs to get out of their position regardless of cost, often due to taking on more debt or risk then necessary.  When the baby gets thrown out with the bathwater, so to speak, there can be companies that trade at prices well under their market value.   

Another idea we covered was simply to add additional long-term money to current positions.  There is a reason we own what we own, because we think they will be great long-term companies, meaning, they will have the ability to grow overtime a little faster than inflation.  Anytime we can buy quality at a discount, that’s a good thing in the long run. 

A last idea is simply do nothing.  As long as your goals or situation hasn’t changed then going about and living your life can be great.  The work we do in the months and years previous is what prepares ourselves, our plans, and our portfolio in times of stress.  Market selloffs are always a surprise but never surprising, we know every few years the market pulls back.   

To listen to the full episode click here because we cover more ideas to help weather times of market stress.  If you found this letter or podcast useful, please share with your family and friends.  And if you are nervous, give us a call, let’s have a chat.   


-Until next time,

Paul & Garrett



Garrett G. Smith

Financial Advisor

Ascend Investment Partners


Paul M. Norman, CFP®

Senior Financial Advisor

Ascend Investment Partners





214 South Main Street

Logan, UT 84321

Tel: 801-476-1200

Fax: 801-476-1207



175 Historic 25th Street

Suite 200

Ogden, UT 84401

Tel: 801-476-1200

Fax: 801-476-1207 


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