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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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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 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 Traditional contributions allow participants to defer tax until funds are withdrawn, while Roth contributions allow participants to pay tax up front, so there’s no tax obligation upon withdrawal.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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For Better Investment Results, Rely on the Evidence

Understanding the source of investment returns is an important part of being a successful long-term investor. Unfortunately, far too many investors are under the impression that successful investing requires predicting markets. More than 60 years of academic research says otherwise. Still, investors are often distracted from the focus on their long term goals by the […]

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Does Diversification Still Make Sense?

    After a year like 2014 when one asset class (S&P 500) outperformed almost every other, investors naturally ask themselves whether broad global diversification still make sense. The simple answer is yes. Broad diversification remains one of the best risk management tools available to investors. However, a broadly diversified portfolio’s returns will never be […]

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Estate Planning Checklist

Make sure family members know where to find your essential documents and contact information. Key Takeaways Sometimes it’s the simplest, but most important things that get overlooked in estate planning. Don’t be overwhelmed by the amount of essential information you need to share with loved ones. These and other checklists can help get you organized. […]

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New Legislation Extends Popular Tax Provisions

In one of its final actions, the 113th Congress passed the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014 and the President signed it on December 19th. This legislation extends for one year a host of popular tax provisions (commonly referred to as “tax extenders”) that had expired at the end of 2013. The following provisions were […]

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