The decisions we make surrounding family wealth and lifestyle planning can oftentimes be uncomfortable. Wealth advisor Jeff Johnson breaks down where and how you might want to start your family’s next important conversation about money. I’ve been a close observer of the way families make, communicate and implement financial decisions for most of the last …Read More.
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.
Mastering money decisions. Tim Maurer on how to make the Elephant (emotion) and Rider (reason) work together. The most compelling findings regarding financial decision-making are found not in spreadsheets, but in science. A blend of psychology, biology and economics, much of the research on this topic has been around for years. Its application in mainstream …Read More.
There’s a vastly different, more rewarding way to accomplish what we call “work” than how many of us have been taught. Tim Maurer asks: What would it look like if we did our job, profession or calling as an artisan? You likely feel as though you don’t have enough time to watch a video that is …Read More.
Larry Swedroe takes a look at the two premiums that help to explain the performance of bond portfolios. In my previous blog, we looked at the size and volatility of the three equity premiums of beta, size and value. Today we turn our attention to the two premiums that help explain the performance of bond portfolios, …Read More.
In an open letter to his children, Wealth Advisor Tad Gray shares some important financial lessons for young professionals just starting their careers. In particular, he writes, the right mindset is a crucial tool for developing good money habits. Wealth Advisor Tad Gray, CFP®, penned the following article, an open letter to his children, for …Read More.
The low-beta anomaly may be persistent and pervasive across the globe, but, research shows its returns are explained well by other now-common factors and its premium is dependent on certain circumstances. As director of research for Buckingham Strategic Wealth and The BAM Alliance, I’ve been getting lots of questions lately regarding the advisability of investing …Read More.
In a follow-up to his overview of the asset location decision, Kevin Grogan takes a more comprehensive look at how a security’s expected return and risk characteristics can change based on the tax treatment of the savings vehicle in which it’s held. Our recommendation on asset location is to prefer holding tax-inefficient assets in tax-advantaged …Read More.
Once you’ve chosen the mix of assets appropriate for you, the next step involves determining which type of investment account will hold them. Kevin Grogan breaks down the asset location decision and how it can help maximize after-tax returns. The first decision you make with respect to your portfolio is its asset allocation, or the …Read More.
Pension plan sponsors engage investment consultants even though the evidence clearly shows their recommendations fail to add value. Why? Larry Swedroe examines research that concludes there’s an agency problem (that is, a conflict of interest) at work. It seems logical to believe that if anyone could beat the market, it would be the pension plans …Read More.