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Talking Dollars Makes Sense

It’s not easy having conversations about money. Carl Richards, director of investor education for the BAM ALLIANCE, says they can “leave us feeling confused, misunderstood, and even angry.” That doesn’t mean you are better off not having these talks. In his book, “The Behavior Gap: Simple Ways to Stop Doing Dumb Things With Money,” Carl writes …Read More.

An Analytical Evaluation of Rising Glidepath Claims

Multifactor World

Last year, a piece by Michael Kitces and Wade Pfau made the claim that mechanically increasing the equity allocation during retirement — which they term a “rising glidepath” — could reduce the likelihood that a retiree outlives his or her assets and could decrease the magnitude of shortfall when capital market returns disappoint. Specifically, the …Read More.

Investing Against the Odds, and the Facts

New York Times

Earlier this summer, I was on a hike with a friend and mentioned that while we’d started at about 9,000 feet, we’d reach an elevation of 12,000 feet by the end of the trail. My friend replied, “That’s a fact I just don’t believe.” Yes, it sounds silly, and of course, we laughed about it. …Read More.

Forecasters Persistently Fail Us


A large majority of investors have seen their portfolios underperform simple buy-and-hold strategies, despite having followed the stock-picking and market-timing advice of so-called experts. These “experts” include pundits, gurus and forecasters such as Bill Gross, John Hussman, Nouriel Roubini, Meredith Whitney and, yes, even Jim Cramer. Investors confronting subpar returns are left wondering, “What went …Read More.

Why Some Anomalies Persist


The academic literature is filled with challenges to the efficient markets hypothesis. Perhaps the greatest among these challenges involves the existence of momentum and the poor performance of small-growth stocks and high-beta stocks. Beta is defined as the measure of the systematic risk of a security or a portfolio in comparison to the market as …Read More.

Here’s the latest failing grade for active funds

CBS News

No one has a clear crystal ball allowing them to accurately forecast the future. So, it’s a good thing that predicting the results of Standard & Poor’s twice-yearly active-versus-passive scorecard doesn’t seem to require one. It’s a pretty safe bet that the results in each new scorecard — officially called the S&P Indices Versus Active …Read More.

This Is Your Single Biggest Investment Mistake

Research shows these funds are not producing enough returns to cover trading and operating expenses. I’m not going to make you wait for the punch line. Your single biggest investment mistake is owning any actively managed funds. That’s where the fund manager, through stock picking and market timing, attempts to beat the returns of a …Read More.

Don’t Invest Without Discipline


A well-thought-out financial plan is necessary for successful investing, but even the greatest plan won’t bear fruit if an investor doesn’t have the discipline required to stay the course, rebalancing and tax-loss-harvesting as needed. Unfortunately, even thorough and intelligent plans will sometimes end up in the trash heap because investors lose heart when their strategy …Read More.

Your Mutual Fund Manager Will Retire Before You Do

Huffington Post

Your mutual fund manager has a solid plan for retirement. So far, it’s working beautifully. Your fund manager is fortunate to be part of a growth industry. Since 2004, assets under management have grown 124 percent. The number of U.S.-based stock and fixed income mutual funds has grown to more than 5,000. Collectively, they manage …Read More.

Overview of Mortgage Backed Securities

Q: What are mortgage-backed securities? A: Investors of mortgage-backed securities (MBS) own an undivided interest in a pool of mortgages that serves as the underlying asset for the security, and these investors then receive a share of the resulting cash flows. A nationwide network of lenders — such as mortgage bankers, savings-and-loan associations and commercial …Read More.

Back To School — Back To Financial Fundamentals For 3 Generations

As kids head back to school, adults spanning several generations set their sites on getting their financial house back in order. What are the most important financial planning considerations in three major demographics—Millennials, Generation X and Empty Nesters? Millennials: First things first – Before making any big financial commitments, like buying a house, figure out …Read More.

Beware Tactical Asset Allocation


The financial crisis of 2008 has led to another surge in demand for funds using a tactical asset allocation (TAA) investment strategy. Morningstar currently classifies about 332 funds as tactical asset allocation funds. That’s up from just eight in 2007. The objective of TAA, which originally gained popularity in the 1980s, is to provide better-than-benchmark …Read More.

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