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The Three Most Dangerous Words in Investing: “We All Know …”

In my 30-plus years of experience in investment management, the three most dangerous words I hear are those found in observations that begin with, “We all know…” We all know … that stocks are overpriced (or underpriced). We all know … that interest rates are about to rise (or fall). We all know … that […]

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Take This First Step to a Better Investment Experience: Give Up

What is one of the best first steps you can take to becoming a better investor? Embrace the power of market pricing. Me and You Against the World If you look at all the stock trades placed by all of the world’s traders in 2014, the daily average trading volume exceeded $300 billion. That’s 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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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 Traditional contributions allow participants to defer tax until funds are withdrawn, while Roth contributions allow participants to pay tax up front, so there’s no tax obligation upon withdrawal.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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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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