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The Safe Savings Rate

Key Takeaways • Where it all started–the safe withdrawal rate. • My transition to the safe savings rate—the amount of income you need to sock away for retirement. • A comprehensive financial plan is best, but off-the-shelf tools and two popular “rules of thumb” can help. The Safe Withdrawal Rate About 20 years ago, a […]

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Trade in your Squawk Box for Evidence-Based Investing

Everyone was a stock picker when I started in the financial services industry. It was 1985. In those days, no one had heard the term Evidence-Based Investing. Every morning, we would crowd around a speaker called The Squawk Box and listen to our firm’s analysts make prognostications about stocks, bonds and markets. We had no […]

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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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Why Stock Market Forecasting is Usually Worthless

Even after all these years, the debate over “active” versus “passive” management continues to be a hot button issue in the financial services industry. The idea of stock market forecasting (i.e. market timing) is a concept on which conventional wisdom is based. This belief also just happens to be supported by several powerful industries (Wall Street and the financial media) worth trillions of dollars.

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Research Confirms That Active Management Disappoints Investors

The evidence is clear, active investing offers a hollow promise of outperformance. Key Takeaways Most active managers can’t beat the markets long term. It’s not because they’re lacking in intelligence—it’s because their costs are too high and they have too much portfolio turnover. Successful fund investing is about more than picking past winners. Consider a […]

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Exploring the Human Factor

Despite everything we know about efficient capital markets and all the solid evidence available to guide our rational decisions … we’re still human. We’ve got things going on in our heads that have nothing to do with solid evidence and rational decisions – a brew of chemically generated instincts and emotions that spur us to […]

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Oldies But Goodies

We dusted off two of our most popular blogs in honor of spring cleaning and tax season. Key Takeaways Having a system you trust to find all of your key records, quickly and easily is just as important as deciding which records to retain. Remember, you run the system; the system doesn’t run you. After […]

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