market-insights

Long/Short Portfolios Can Improve Tax Efficiency

Is the conventional wisdom that equates turnover and shorting with tax inefficiency actually right? Larry Swedroe unpacks research showing that relaxing quantitative tax-aware strategies’ long-only constraint can drastically increase tax benefits. “Conventional wisdom” can be defined as ideas that are so accepted they go unquestioned. Unfortunately, conventional wisdom is often wrong. Two good examples are …Read More.

Are Corporate Bonds Worth the Risk?

After a look at the historical evidence, Larry Swedroe makes the case that investors haven’t been adequately compensated for taking on the various risks, implementation issues and other planning requirements associated with corporate bonds. It’s important that investors understand all risky assets can experience long periods of underperformance. My favorite example that makes this point …Read More.

The Basics of a Spend-Down Strategy

For a more secure retirement, think larger than simply trying to pay the least amount in taxes each year. Wealth Advisor Bill Morgan outlines the process for building an overarching spend-down strategy designed to minimize taxes over a lifetime. Almost every client we talk with emphasizes one primary, overriding goal: having enough money in retirement. …Read More.

Temperament Trumps Intellect in Investing

Larry Swedroe offers his seven keys to remaining a patient and disciplined investor over the long haul. Legendary investor Warren Buffett famously stated: “Success in investing doesn’t correlate with IQ. Once you have ordinary intelligence, what you need is the temperament to control the urges that get other people in trouble investing.” The reason temperament …Read More.

More Evidence of Shrinking Alpha

Larry Swedroe unpacks a review of SPIVA persistence scorecard data that indicates, over time, it’s been increasingly difficult for active equity funds to stay at the top. In 1998, Charles Ellis wrote “Winning the Loser’s Game,” in which he presented evidence that while it is possible to generate alpha and win the game of active …Read More.

Market Volatility and Equity Performance

When stock markets drop, it can be tough to see past the pain and recall that your investment plan incorporates such risks. To help you take the long-term view, Chief Investment Officer Jared Kizer puts October’s market moves into perspective. When the stock market drops, it can be tough to see past the immediate pain. …Read More.

Time Is Not on Active Management’s Side

Larry Swedroe summarizes the recently released mid-year 2018 SPIVA report, which once again offers powerful evidence regarding active management’s inability to persistently outperform. Since 2002, S&P Dow Jones Indices has published its biannual Indices Versus Active (SPIVA) reports, which compare the performance of actively managed equity funds to their appropriate index benchmarks. The 2018 midyear scorecard includes …Read More.

Re-Examining Emerging Markets Equity

Jared Kizer offers five lessons that reinforce some of the reasons investors should remain committed to a long-term emerging markets equity allocation. Emerging market equities have substantially underperformed the S&P 500 Index in 2018, with the S&P 500 up 6.5 percent and emerging markets down 4.4 percent through July. As I detailed in a recent …Read More.


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