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.
We have met the enemy, and he is us. Larry Swedroe unpacks some new research that suggests individuals do invest in successful factor-based strategies, but destroy returns through their poor trading behavior. In their June 1992 Journal of Finance article, “The Cross-Section of Expected Stock Returns,” professors Eugene Fama and Kenneth French revolutionized the way …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.
A new study suggests that U.S. stock returns are now less about economic growth and more about shareholders. Larry Swedroe unpacks the research, and what it implies for the equity risk premium going forward. Investors in U.S. equities have been well-rewarded in the post WWII era. For example, over the 70 calendar years from 1949 …Read More.
Mindful spending can be awfully tough when purchases are just a click, swipe or tap away. Associate Wealth Advisor Kurt Wunderlich looks at strategies for leveraging convenience in a way that enhances, not diminishes, your financial life. Young professionals beginning to accumulate wealth have grown up alongside some stunning advances in personal technology. Many such …Read More.
New tariffs and an escalating trade war with China are once again dominating headlines. But while resurgent trade tensions may have indeed roiled markets, the prudent course of action remains to adhere to your long-term financial plan. It was hard to miss the headlines about escalating trade tensions between the U.S. and China this week—and …Read More.
A recent study investigated how mutual funds respond when investors call for climate responsibility. Larry Swedroe unpacks its results and what they mean for investors who express their social preferences through fund selection. The 2015 Paris Agreement recognized finance as an important element to successfully transition to a low carbon economy. Policymakers hoped to achieve this …Read More.
Remember, volatility is a natural feature of the market, not a flaw. Tim Maurer appears on Nightly Business Report to discuss steps investors should, and shouldn’t, consider taking in response to stock market turbulence amid trade tensions. Remember, volatility is a natural feature of the market, not a flaw. Tim Maurer appears on Nightly Business …Read More.
After unpacking new research into how expense ratios and turnover impact returns and their dispersion, Larry Swedroe explores how the study’s findings inform what we know about active mutual funds, active share, and volatility. A vast body of research provides powerful evidence of the failure of active management to generate persistent alpha (risk-adjusted outperformance). For …Read More.
Over the past few decades, there has been a substantial shift from active to passive investment strategies. Larry Swedroe unpacks new research into its potential repercussions for liquidity, volatility and market efficiency. Over the past few decades, there has been a substantial shift from active to passive investment strategies. Active strategies give managers discretion to …Read More.
Behavioral research has found that happiness tends to increase along with income—up to a point. Larry Swedroe looks at why understanding how wealth affects happiness can play such an important role in retirement planning. There’s a cliché that money can’t buy happiness. Is that true? Thanks to research from Nobel Prize-winning economist Daniel Kahneman and …Read More.
Using book value to sort stocks into value and growth categories has come under assault. Given the questions this may raise, Jared Kizer explores whether price/book as a value measure truly is discernibly inferior to other common metrics. If you’re familiar with factor investing, you’re likely aware that value investing, particularly in the U.S. market, …Read More.
In a look at the latest literature, Larry Swedroe unpacks new research into the impact that the rise of passive investing has had on securities lending, which plays an important role in stock market efficiency. Over the past few decades, there has been a substantial shift from active to passive investment strategies. The shift has …Read More.
Not all financial planning or financial planners are equal. Tim Maurer explores why it’s so important for wealth advisors to go beyond just sharing knowledge with their clients to truly inspiring wisdom and understanding. Not all financial planning—or financial planners—are equal. The Certified Financial Planner™ Board has done much to standardize a substantive base level …Read More.