Stephen Taddie

Personal Finance, Retirement, Investing
“Stephen Taddie, a 30 year veteran in the investment industry is the Managing Partner and Chief Economist for Stellar Capital Management. His investment responsibilities include applied economic research which influences sector and industry weightings.”

Stellar Capital Management, LLC

Job Title:

Managing Partner


Stephen Taddie is co-founder and Managing Partner of Stellar Capital Management. His primary investment responsibilities involve establishing the firm's economic outlook and forecast and using that research to provide input to the Investment Committee regarding asset allocation, sector, and industry weighting decisions for stocks, and yield curve analysis for bonds.

Stephen has over 30 years of professional experience in the investment field. Beginning his career as a Merrill Lynch Financial Consultant in Arizona, he finished his brokerage industry tenure in branch management with Prudential Securities on the East Coast. In the early 1990's he established a Phoenix, Arizona branch office for a mid-sized investment advisory firm, and in the late 1990's established S.J. Taddie, Inc., Investment Counsel, prior to co-founding Stellar Capital Management in July of 2000. He has worked with a select group of clients ranging from publicly traded corporations, government entities, and Native American Indian Tribes, to high net worth individuals and families across the country. He is frequently asked to speak on economic and investment management trends, has authored numerous articles and has often been quoted on the same subjects.

Stephen is a member of the National Association for Business Economists (NABE), a Panelist for the NABE Outlook (National Forecast) and the NABE Financial Industry Roundtable, the Western Blue Chip Economic Panel, the Arizona Blue Chip Economic Panel, and a member of the Arizona Legislative Finance Advisory Committee. He is a member and Past President of the Arizona Economic Round Table, a member and Past President of the Central Arizona Estate Planning Conference, a member of the CFA Institute and the Phoenix CFA Society, and an Arbitrator for FINRA. He is a past member of the Economic Club of Phoenix, the Western Pension & Benefits Conference, Arizona Town Hall, and the Madison School District Financial Oversight Committee. He has served on the Executive Board of the Desert Botanical Gardens Foundation, the Advisory and Executive Boards of the Foundation for Burns & Trauma, the Executive Boards for the Foothills Foundation, the Phoenix Camelback Rotary Club, and the Finance Committee for the Desert Botanical Gardens. He has also volunteered with Junior Achievement and coached youth sports teams.

Stephen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Economics from Lehigh University, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. He has earned The Certified Business Economist™ (CBE™), which is the certification in business economics, and data analytics developed and owned by the National Association for Business Economics, and the Certified Financial Manager (CFM), which is the certification in financial management issued by the Merrill Lynch Institute, Donald T. Regan School of Advanced Financial Management.


BS, Economics, Lehigh University
MBA, University of Phoenix

Assets Under Management:

$355 million

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A bear market can happen in stocks, bonds, or commodities, and of course, it is never announced in advance.  In any case, if you think one is coming, you have to define how large of a valuation drop constitutes a bear market (many opinions on this), and how long the bear will stay around.

Deciding to defend against a bear market can be complicated if your invested assets are in a taxable account. Uncle Sam will want a piece of your realized gains if you sell investments and go to cash, the piece he takes depends on whether the gains are long-term or short-term, and what your marginal tax rate will be.  

The most direct answer would be, investors move some money to cash, not so much to defend, but to create the ability to be opportunistic, and this move is ideally made prior to a market being defined as a "bear market" by the press. I say defend, because most "investors" remain mostly invested for the long-term, because constantly jumping in and out of the market is often ineffective and expensive from the standpoint of opportunity cost, transaction cost, and tax cost.

Long-term investors would seek to offset some of the general market risk by adjusting allocation to less at-risk sectors of the specific market they are invested in. e.g. favoring government bonds over corporate bonds, short term maturities over long term maturities, value stocks over growth stocks, underweighting and/or overweighting specific sectors, etc., etc.

If you are a long-term investor, and can lose less when the markets retreat, and stay with the market when markets advance, typically you win the game.

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