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 risk of becoming more vulnerable to financial abuse as we get older can pose a significant threat to our retirement security. Larry Swedroe explores research into the scope of the problem, and then offers some steps to help guard against it. The World Health Organization reports that by 2050, 2 billion people (22% of …Read More.
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.
Wealth Advisor Jada Diedrich unpacks her toolkit for building an efficient charitable giving strategy that’s designed to help maximize the way your contribution dollars benefit not only the causes you hold most dear, but also you and your family. As we enter the holiday season, we often feel compelled to evaluate, and frequently to increase, …Read More.
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.
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.
Tim Maurer was assigned a task: put together a list of his five favorite books from the world of personal finance. He came up with 10. In this video, Maurer, director of advisor engagement for the BAM ALLIANCE, walks us through his wide-ranging library, which includes books that focus on financial planning, behavioral economics, life …Read More.
One way to evaluate an equity factor’s pervasiveness is to determine whether it provides a premium at the sector/industry level. With this metric in mind, Larry Swedroe unpacks new research that shows the value and profitability factors pass the test. In our book, “Your Complete Guide to Factor-Based Investing,” Andrew Berkin and I provide five …Read More.
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.