Why Does Active Investing Flourish?

Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to run an educational workshop at the SPA/AAP Pediatric Anesthesiology 2015 Meeting. The workshop was entitled “Evidence-Based Investing and Financial Planning.” We covered the 12 most important insights about evidence-based investing and how those insights can be applied to a rational financial planning process. Evidence-Based Investing is the […]

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Using 529 Plans for College Funding – Part 2 Real world case study

Key Takeaways When it comes to 529 plans for our clients, we recommend those that meet our firm’s overall philosophy about investments—and costs. The earlier you start saving the better. If you wait until your child is say, 10 years old, you would need to sock away $14,000 a year to have $150,000 on hand […]

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Using 529 Plans for College Funding – Part 1

Key Takeaways 529 plans are tax-advantaged education savings accounts operated by state or educational institutions. In most types of 529 plans, earnings are tax-deferred while in the account, and tax free when withdrawn for qualified education expenses. Some states, including Pennsylvania, allow your contributions to be deductible at the state level. As with so many […]

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What is the Backbone of an Evidence-Based Portfolio?

An accumulation of studies since the 1950’s has identified three risk factors that form the backbone of an evidence-based portfolio. They are:  The Equity Premium – The additional return investors should expect to earn for taking the risk of investing in stocks rather than short-term bonds. (6.27% per year since July, 1926)*  The Small Cap […]

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Traditional versus Roth contributions: What to consider – PART 2

See Part 1 of this blog post here.[PR1]  What’s best for me? When determining which contribution is a better fit for you, understand that there is no single right answer for everyone.  The contribution that’s best for you will be determined by your personal situation.  Ask yourself the following 5 questions before making your decision: […]

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Traditional Versus Roth Contributions: What to Consider – PART 1

Key Takeaways The decision to make Traditional or Roth contributions to retirement plans adds an extra layer of complexity to investing. Traditional contributions allow participants to defer tax until funds are withdrawn, while Roth contributions allow participants to pay tax up front, so there’s no tax obligation upon withdrawal. When deciding what type of contribution […]

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My Mother is a Fantastic Teacher

She is retired now but for years she taught critical thinking in the classroom and at the dinner table to my brother, sister and me. Most importantly, she taught us to ask questions. I am thankful that she did. Good questions, it turns out, are a core component of good research. Good research is at […]

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