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TUCSON, AZ – May 7, 2023 – Mission Management & Trust Co. (Mission Trust), a leading financial services firm, announced the appointment of Ben Fredlake, CFP®, as its new Senior Portfolio Manager. In his new role, Fredlake will collaborate with the Mission Trust investment team in strategic portfolio design, manage client portfolios, and provide comprehensive [...]
The Asterisk Era Sports fans with at least a little grey hair remember well the steroid era in baseball, ranging from the late-1900s into the early-2000s. Performance-enhancing steroids were outlawed but commonly used, and sluggers like Mark McGuire, Sammy Sosa and Barry Bonds were shattering decades-old home run records. Fans with respect for cleanly earned [...]
Fundamentals vs. Technicals Over the past century, U.S. securities market technical conditions have been in agreement with fundamental conditions most of the time. As we enter 2024, fundamentals and technicals are clearly at odds with one another, creating highly uncertain prospects for investors (for readers unfamiliar with those terms, see Appendix A for explanations). Financial [...]
TUCSON, AZ – December 19, 2023 – Mission Management & Trust Co. (Mission Trust) proudly unveiled its new logo and brand image on December 11, 2023. The updated visual identity represents a collaborative spirit that has flourished since member-owned Notre Dame Federal Credit Union acquired Mission Trust in 2022. In a recent statement, Mission Trust [...]
Bull Market or Bear? The markets have just concluded a weak quarter, a mixed year-to-date, a mostly strong trailing 12 months, and a significantly negative period overall since the end of 2021. The worst fixed-income decline in U.S. history has been unfolding for more than three years. In the minds of many, however, it is [...]

Bridget O’Brien Swartz, Vice President and Fiduciary Counsel for Mission Management & Trust Co., was recently named the 36th President of the National Association of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) Board of Directors. In addition to being an experienced lawyer, Bridget is a strong, compassionate leader, and one of the nation’s leading practitioners in special needs […]

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In our April Quarterly Commentary (please visit 2023 1st Quarter Market Commentary - Mission Management & Trust Co.), I analyzed Warren Buffett’s counsel that in the short run the stock market is a voting machine, while in the long run, it’s a weighing machine. In the recently concluded second quarter, voters clearly dominated. Excitement and [...]
The bear markets that began for all major US stock indexes between November 2021 and April 2022 got a reprieve in this year’s first quarter. The bear markets for domestic investment quality fixed income indexes began even earlier, from early to mid-2020, but likewise saw returns improve in this year’s first quarter. The worst returns [...]