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Expected Sources of Premium Stock Returns Part IV: Risk Premiums, Lucky Monkeys and Patient Practice

In our series of posts so far, we’ve described how and why we have identified small-company and value stocks as likely ongoing sources for risk premiums. This begs one more question: Why not just get out of various return factors when they’re underperforming and get back in when things are looking up? The Market-Timing Myth […]

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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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Planning Concerns of Divorcing Couples – Part 2

10 “Must Know” Areas of Potential Financial Contention Please see Part 1 here: Planning Concerns for Divorcing Couples – Part 1 Child Custody, Child Support, and Alimony When parents separate and divorce, one of the most emotionally charged issues involves the children and who will live with them. Determining the extent of child support, and […]

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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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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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