Asset allocation and asset location are both important decisions when building an investment portfolio. Kevin Grogan, director of investment strategy, focuses on the asset location decision and how it can affect your after-tax returns. The first decision you make with respect to your portfolio is its asset allocation, or the mix of stocks and bonds. …Read More.
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.
There is clear evidence the political climate affects investors’ views of the economy and the stock market. Larry Swedroe encourages investors to separate political affiliations from investment decisions. The fourth quarter of 2018 was a pretty miserable one for investors, with the S&P 500 Index losing 13.5%. And it was looking a lot worse on …Read More.
Not all financial planning—or financial planners—are equal. Tim Maurer explores how you can go beyond just sharing knowledge with your clients to truly inspire understanding and wisdom. Not all financial planning—or financial planners—are equal. The Certified Financial Planner™ Board has done much to standardize a substantive base level of knowledge for aspiring advisors. But the value of …Read More.
Investors should focus on fees, global diversification, tilting toward small and value stocks, along with a focus on high credit quality and safe fixed income. Kevin Grogan shares these tips with Robert Powell on The Street’s Retirement Daily Podcast to help make up the elements of a sound investment strategy. Investors should focus on fees, …Read More.
There can be large differences in passively managed funds, even those within the same asset class. Larry Swedroe looks at 3 small value funds and shows how their performance is explained by exposure to factors-asset pricing models. Index funds and structured passive asset class funds are similar in the way that rectangles and squares are …Read More.
How did hedge funds fare in 2018? Larry Swedroe takes a look at the mixed results across asset classes and shows why market efficiency has won again. Hedge funds entered 2019 coming off their ninth-straight year of trailing U.S. stocks (as measured by the S&P 500 Index) by significant margins. And for the 10-year period …Read More.
Prices will not change if the expected happens. It is the unexpected that causes prices to move. Larry Swedroe shares some examples where good news has led to bad results and vice versa. French economist Louis Bachelier long ago remarked: “Clearly the price considered most likely by the market is the true current price: if …Read More.
Many consider factor-based investment strategies to be highly complex, more expensive, and ones that provide negative returns over long periods. Larry Swedroe digs into the myths and provides guidance for those worried about how they could affect their overall portfolio. As the chief research officer for Buckingham Strategic Wealth and the BAM Alliance, I receive …Read More.
For investors who have experienced these poor recent results, a natural question is how value stocks have tended to perform relative to growth after periods of poor performance. Jared Kizer examines the data and shares his insights to help investors see the bigger picture. In the U.S. stock market over roughly the last 10 years, …Read More.
From number crunchers to relationship builders, the role of wealth manager has transformed over the last 20 years. Wealth Advisor, Adam Yofan, comments in this article that gets to the heart of how modern advisors are more immersed than ever in their clients’ lives. From number crunchers to relationship builders, the role of wealth manager …Read More.
Women face all the same issues that men face in retirement, plus they have additional complicating factors. Larry Swedroe and Katie Keary address these factors and offer tips to help even the scales. Women face all the same issues that men face in retirement, plus they have additional complicating factors. Larry Swedroe and Katie Keary …Read More.
After an historically long furlough for federal-government workers, paychecks are finally starting to hit bank accounts. Now, how do those same workers manage the debt built while out of work? Wealth Advisor Kent W. Schmidgall comments in this MarketWatch article that addresses that very question. After an historically long furlough for federal-government workers, paychecks are …Read More.
How much is enough? It’s a broad question, yet it’s easy to find specific guidance on the amount of money you need to achieve a fulfilling retirement. Tim Maurer says instead of chasing an arbitrary figure, start by asking a better financial-planning question: What do you want out of life? How much is enough? It’s …Read More.
In the third and final installment of his annual look at what the markets taught investors over the prior year about prudent investment strategy, Larry Swedroe concludes his list with 2018’s lessons eight through 11. Every year, the markets provide us with lessons on the prudent investment strategy. I’ve so far covered what they taught …Read More.