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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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Markets Work

The evidence is clear. Markets do a great job of setting prices. Markets aren’t perfect but they do such a good job that they make it nearly impossible for investors to outguess the markets and cover their costs. We, at Independence Advisors, know that this runs counter to what investors are told on a daily […]

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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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401(k) Plans: The Early Days, ERISA and Your Fiduciary Responsibility

Third in a series of articles about retirement plan costs for investors, business owners and plan administrators Key Takeaways The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) put in place guidelines to help protect retirement plan participants. The 401(k) plan, although a relatively new concept, has become the primary retirement savings vehicle for today’s […]

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401(k) Plans: Don’t Let the Fees Sneak Up on You

Second in a series of articles about retirement plan costs for investors, business owners and plan administrators Key Takeaways  You don’t have to know all the answers, just ask the right questions. 401(k) costs can have a major impact on long-term results for participants. Be aware of the costs you are incurring and be diligent […]

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401(k) Plans: There Is No Free Lunch

First in a series of articles about retirement plan costs for investors, business owners and plan administrators  Key Takeaways Think of the long-term impact when it comes to making the decision to participate in your company retirement plan. Respect the power of compounding. Time and discipline make for successful investment outcomes. This article series is […]

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