Letter From The CEO

March 12, 2010

As history turned the page on another decade a few weeks ago, the word that may best describe the
last 10 years is survival.  After all, a huge percentage of “dot com” companies did not make it
through the technology bust early in the decade, 2002 saw corporate accounting scandals drive
WorldCom and Enron to the brink, and the recession of 2008-2009 resulted in some of the most
storied companies falling victim to the financial crisis.  Through it all, it is likely not surprising to
many that the S&P 500 Index began the new millennium in 2000 at 1469 and closed the decade at
1115.  One of the primary reasons of the difficult decade for investors was the fact that the 10-year
time period was book-ended by two major recessions.  

But 2010 starts a new decade and perhaps a new paradigm.  Emerging from the worst recession since
the Great Depression, economic recovery appears to be the theme for the coming few years.  The
housing market has begun to stabilize, employment is moving towards net positive jobs, and
corporate profitability has been on the rise.  As a result, the start of this new decade will see a very
different tone, as companies are poised to transition from a strategy of surviving to one of fueling

While past performance is no indicator of future results, market downturns have provided
exceptional opportunities for people who remain committed to their long-term investment goals.  By
staying fully invested, you will have a better chance of capturing the performance of the market’s
best days, while riding out the downturns over time.  We have helped to guide our domestic &
foreign clients through these uncertain times and we remain committed in this new decade to
identify the best investment opportunities to fit each of our clients’ needs.

At Atlantic Wealth Management, we assist high net worth families make more informed decisions
about their wealth & the growth and protection of their assets and estate.  We will take advantage of
market opportunities, without taking unnecessary risks. We can offer access to a tailored mix of
investments to help you work toward your goals.

Operating in a challenging environment can be difficult, but it shall never be
an excuse for the lack of performance in your portfolio. Risk & volatility will never
go away, but strategic asset allocation can help to minimize these risks, and
help you to better navigate these uncertain times.

I’d like to thank you for taking the time to visit our site and I hope that you have
found the information here helpful. If you feel that there is an opportunity for us to
assist you with your personal or company’s portfolio, please contact us at any


Alex Martinez
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