Q1 2024 Market Commentary

In this Q1 2024 Tall Oak Capital Advisor Client Report, we highlight the pivotal role of Powers of Attorney, discuss market highlights, the impact of AI adoption, and portfolio positioning.

At a glance

    Wealth Advisory Highlight – Powers of Attorney (POA)

    • CBD podcast highlighting Dr. Mary Jarratt’s personal experience on the importance of POA.
    • Tall Oak Capital Advisors provides holistic advice, including discussions on risk management and estate planning often helping client’s navigate their affairs ensuring their POA and wills are up to date.
    • POA is a legal document authorizing someone to manage money and property, vital for future planning and decision-making. With this comes two primary types: Property and Personal Care, each serving distinct purposes.
    • POA for property is usually effective immediately, while POA for personal care activates when the grantor is unable to make decisions.
    • When choosing an attorney, it is important to consider trusted individuals with your best interests at heart, discussing responsibilities and ensuring willingness to accept them.
    • Responsibilities: Attorneys manage finances, make important decisions, and consult with family members. Tall Oak Capital Advisors assists clients by keeping records and facilitating access to documents.

    Market Highlights

    • Markets saw continued growth driven by strong earnings in AI-focused companies.
    • US market rose by 10.56%, despite challenges posed by high inflation measures delaying expected Fed rate cuts.
    • The Canadian market experienced a 6.62% rise, driven primarily by strong performance in the energy and healthcare sectors.
    • Investment Focus: Investment themes centered on the emerging AI boom, with a shift of attention from “Magnificent 7” to other AI-beneficiary companies.

    The Impact of AI

    • Strong AI exposure enhanced client portfolios, reflecting current AI adoption trends and strategic leveraging. Rapid AI adoption drives innovation and strains power resources.
    • Generative AI is gaining momentum by prioritizing operational efficiency.
    • There is immense medical potential for AI to revolutionize healthcare by improving margins, and tech adaption.
    • 2024 is labeled the “Year of AI Adopters,” emphasizing scaling businesses with AI adoption.
    • There are revisions being made to valuation models due to increased power demand that anticipate a “catch-up” for power companies.

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