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Think You Can’t Contribute to a Roth? Think again: Advantages of a 401(k) Roth Option

Key Takeaways The Roth option in 401(k) retirement plans eliminate IRS income limits applied to Roth IRAs. Participants in plans offering the Roth 401(k) option can split their contributions between both traditional and Roth accounts–thus, building two buckets of money to fund their nest egg. There are no income limits for Roth 401(k) accounts, and […]

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Expected Sources of Premium Stock Returns Part III: Capturing Return Premiums Requires Resolve

In our last post, we described how small-company and value stocks have served as a source for premium returns in the past. Today, we’ll explain how capturing these returns has rarely been as easy or obvious as 20/20 hindsight might lead us to believe. Figure 2 Consider Figure 2, from 1928–2014. It illustrates three critical […]

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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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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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Staying in the Stream – the Key to Fishing (and Investment) Success

Key Takeaways: Just like fishing conditions, markets are also virtually impossible to predict consistently. Investing for the long-term and consistently rebalancing helps to reduce the uncertainty of the markets and put investors in the best position to succeed. Market timing is not a reliable method for fishing, or investment returns. Fly fishing is a captivating […]

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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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