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Our Holiday Photo Shoot

This year, we bet on good weather for our holiday photos, and it paid off!

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Out of hundreds of pictures taken, these were the best.

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Season's Greetings from everyone at Norris, Perne & French.  We hope your holidays will be filled with joy and laughter through the New Year. 

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Things that Go Bump in the Night: What Fear Means for Investment Portfolios

“The fact that people will be full of greed, fear, or folly is predictable. The sequence is not predictable.” – Warren Buffett

Breaking News: The stock market is going to go down. Probably by at least a little, possibly a lot. If you’ve been reading our letters for a while, you’ve heard our common refrain: “10% once a year, 20% every five years and 30% (or more) every ten years” is a reasonable estimate for how much you can expect the stock market to drop from a peak to a new low before starting to work its way back up again. We don’t know when the drops will occur, we just know they will happen, and the key is that it always seems to climb its way back up (eventually). As our opening quote indicates, the market sentiment pendulum has a tendency to swing from extreme greed to extreme pessimism. That much we can know for sure.

  ftJune 27, 2019 – Norris, Perné & French (NPF) is pleased to announce it has been named to the 2019 edition of the Financial Times 300 Top Registered Investment Advisers (RIAs). The list recognizes top independent RIA firms from across the U.S.

This is the sixth annual FT 300 list, produced independently by the Financial Times in collaboration with Ignites Research, a subsidiary of the Financial Times that provides business intelligence on the asset management industry.  The Financial Times is an international business newspaper headquartered in London with over five million readers.

Food From The Heart

On June 17, NPF team members gathered with 751 other volunteers at Van Andel Arena for Heart of West Michigan United Way’s fourth-annual Food From the Heart. In two hours, volunteers packed more than 150,000 nutritious meals that got distributed to food pantries and other hunger-relief agencies throughout Kent County.

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Norris, Perné & French (NPF) is pleased to announce the appointment of two new partners: Strategy Lead/Portfolio Manager Marilee K. Bartl and Portfolio Manager Daniel J. Lupo were welcomed into the firm’s partnership on January 1, 2019.

“I’m excited to be a part of the incredible legacy here,” says Dan, who joined NPF as a Research Analyst in 2012, eager to delve into the traditional, long-term investment philosophy that has guided the firm since 1933. As his responsibilities expanded and evolved, he came to appreciate the role of local ownership in perpetuating this approach.

On November 9th, NPF team members Tyler Bosgraaf, Chad Dutcher, Glenn Hefner and Dan Lupo attended the Grand Valley State University Scholarship dinner as part of our endowed scholarship in the Seidman School of Business finance department.

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We are pleased to introduce you to Glenn Hefner, the newest member of the Norris, Perné & French (NPF) team. Glenn joined the firm in August 2016 as Portfolio Manager.

As NPF grows and diversifies its investment opportunities, we continue to make strategic talent acquisitions that complement and extend our strengths. Glenn’s institutional investment experience and international perspective will benefit our company and our clients in many ways.

Norris, Perné & French (NPF) is proud to announce the promotion of Daniel J. Lupo to the position of Portfolio Manager. Dan joined NPF as a Research Analyst in October 2012 and he assumed his new duties in July 2016.

“My passion is in the investment selection process,” says Dan. “But I also like working with people to help them realize their financial goals. As a Portfolio Manager, I get the best of both worlds—I’m able to draw on my research experience to help clients better understand the investment strategies that address their unique needs.”

The team at Norris, Perné & French (NPF) would like to introduce you to Marilee K. Bartl. Marilee joined the firm on September 28, 2015 as Managing Director, Portfolio Manager.

As NPF’s client base multiplies, we continue to seek talented professionals who will strengthen and deepen our competencies in key areas.

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Our Mission: Partnering with our clients to grow and preserve their wealth through clear, sound, and trusted investment counsel.