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Take the Guesswork Out of Investing

Why might a person’s portfolio return less than the market?  This is a common question among investors – let’s look at an example along with a potential explanation. Let’s take an investor’s portfolio that is made up of 60% stocks and 40% bonds. For this example let’s say the S&P 500 Index returned 9%, and is […]

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Managing Household Records

Spring cleaning and tax season go together like peanut butter and jelly. Every year we are faced with decisions about what to keep and what to throw away. How long do I need to keep my tax returns? Receipts? Brokerage trade confirmations? Having a system to find all of these records is just as important […]

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How We Select Investments

When introducing evidence-based investing, we like to begin by explaining why we feel it’s the right strategy for those who are seeking to build or preserve their wealth in wild and woolly markets. Of course sensible strategy is best followed by practical implementation, so it’s also worth describing how we select the funds we typically […]

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My Daughter’s Surprise 18th Birthday Present: Not what she expected, but it will keep on giving

Key Takeaways Once your child turns 18, the law prevents you from making certain important financial decisions on his or her behalf. Purchase basic estate documents for your child: will, durable POA, healthcare POA. Help your child select a credit card (with reasonable limits and rates) to establish a credit history. For further reading on […]

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Rainy-weather Investing: A Lesson From a Fishing Adventure

The weather promised to be unpleasant: cold winds with occasional rain. Such conditions are bad news for just about every activity you might want to do during a Yellowstone Park adventure … with the exception of fly fishing. When we arrived at Yellowstone’s Soda Butte Creek parking area, we were the only fishermen there. This […]

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Market Volatility and Investment Challenges

When is it easy to earn market returns? This is a trick question, because the answer is, “Never.” This is in part because volatility – the up and down movement stock markets experience – is more often distracting than it is cause for changing your investment strategy. The market’s volatile range of returns in any […]

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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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