Any duffer can hit a hole-in-one with enough luck. But, as Wealth Advisor Doug Buchan writes, being a scratch golfer – like being a scratch investor – requires patience in the winning strategy and the discipline to play your game. By Doug Buchan Here’s a quick tutorial for nongolfers; the rest of you skip to …Read More.
The way that conventional wisdom treats stocks, bonds, and the risk they entail can be problematic. Wealth Advisor Doug Buchan explains why, in financial planning, sometimes the almost right word simply won’t do. By Doug Buchan Mark Twain once wrote, “The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter. ‘Tis the difference …Read More.
Do you think Warren Buffett is spending time worrying about a yield curve inversion? Larry Swedroe explains why he suspects not, and offers some reasons that you shouldn’t either. By Larry Swedroe Ever since December 3, 2018, when the yield curve inverted (with the yield of 2.83 percent on the five-year Treasury note one basis …Read More.
Marriage means saying “I do” to a shared financial life. To help you and your future spouse get on the same page regarding where you stand, Associate Wealth Advisor Kurt Wunderlich lays out what to cover in a frank and open conversation about money. Marriage, it turns out, is even more than hefty emotional commitment, …Read More.
Don’t allow relatively short periods of performance to influence long-term investment strategies. Larry Swedroe looks at how home-country bias and recency can imperil proper international diversification. I’ve been getting lots of questions about the benefits of international diversification. The questions are variations of “Why do I want to own these poorly performing investments that also …Read More.
Sick of your job? Should you simply retire? Wealth Advisor Connie Brezik looks at some of the issues, financial and otherwise, with using retirement as a way to resolve workplace angst. Recently, the “I want to retire” mantra seems to be an ever more common theme. I am even hearing a greater number of people …Read More.
This nifty little quiz from Wealth Advisor Doug Buchan helps show why setting an annual performance goal for your portfolio is not only useless, but can be hazardous to your wealth. By Doug Buchan, Wealth Advisor I’m going to start by providing some basic facts (not opinions, facts). Then, I’m going to ask you a …Read More.
Wealth Advisor Connie Brezik looks at why it can be prudent to think about your home as a personal asset, not an investment. Your home is your sanctuary. It is your comfort zone and where you spend a good deal of your time. You sleep, cook, eat and entertain at home. For some, you may …Read More.
Don’t let some important financial task get lost in the bustle and commotion as you get ready to send your child off to college. To help, Wealth Advisor Ken Rosenbaum revisits six essential to-do’s that you may have overlooked. The day has come. Your little baby has grown up and is now ready to leave …Read More.
After reviewing a study on the composition of mutual fund portfolios, Larry Swedroe concludes investors cannot rely on an active fund’s name, or even its stated objective, when seeking exposure to factor characteristics. Most of the focus of the literature on active mutual funds has been on the question about their performance and the related …Read More.