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Play it Safe in Muni-Land

Municipal bond investing, it appears, is growing riskier. Larry Swedroe explores some of the reasons why and argues that, given fixed income’s primary role is one of safety, it’s becoming more important to focus on credit quality. While I could provide an almost endless list of forecasts that went wrong from so-called experts, among the …Read More.

The Guide to Happy Giving

The giving season is now underway, so we’re revisiting some tips from Tim Maurer about how to transform an often stressful (and, at times, guilt-ridden) element of the holidays into something life-giving and fulfilling. The giving season is underway, with the holidays and year-end bearing down on us. So how can we transform one of …Read More.

Behavioral Mistakes and Mutual Fund Managers

Research shows a mutual fund manager’s good (or bad) experience with a stock can bias the decision to repurchase it. That, Larry Swedroe writes, is another reason to favor passive vehicles not subject to such potentially harmful trading behavior. “Behavioral finance” is the study of human behavior and how that behavior leads to investment errors, …Read More.

Why Active Management Still Fails

A recent study only reinforces the important link between mutual fund costs and performance. However, as Larry Swedroe explains, its results happen to offer plenty of good news for investors on both sides of the active versus passive debate. Stock-picking pros aren’t stupid. They’re just expensive. —John Bogle, Money Magazine: 2011 Investor’s Guide   There’s a …Read More.

Be Prepared for Losses

When it comes to understanding and then accepting the nature of the investment risks that you’ll have to live with over time, forewarned is forearmed. Larry Swedroe puts the size and volatility of equity premiums into better perspective. The stock premium—the annual average return of stocks minus the annual average return of one-month Treasury bills—has …Read More.


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