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Is Survivorship Bias Haunting Your Investment Choices?

I’ve written before about behavioral biases, and how they can trick you into abandoning your investment resolve. For example, it’s easy to succumb to recency bias, giving breaking news more weight than it deserves in your financial plans. Or we regularly see investors fall for herd mentality, chasing and fleeing popular but ill-fated trends. As if our human foibles weren’t enough, the data we […]

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401(k) Investment Choices: Pros and Cons of Proprietary Funds

When it comes to employer-sponsored 401(k) retirement plans, there is a wide range of fund offerings and costs to consider. Depending on whom the plan sponsor is, as well as the size of the plan and the custodial platform used, plans can offer participants anywhere from 10 funds to choose from to five-dozen or more. […]

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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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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 Traditional contributions allow participants to defer tax until funds are withdrawn, while Roth contributions allow participants to pay tax up front, so there’s no tax obligation upon withdrawal.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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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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Charitably Inclined
Making the most of your charitable giving

Key Takeaways Before giving money away, research your intended charities carefully on Charity Navigator–a free site that can help you give more intelligently. Charitable gifts are tax-deductible provided you are a taxpayer who itemizes deductions. However, there is a limit imposed on the amount you can deduct, and other adjustments may be required. Tax-free charitable […]

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