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Why Active Management Still Fails

A recent study only reinforces the important link between mutual fund costs and performance. However, as Larry Swedroe explains, its results happen to offer plenty of good news for investors on both sides of the active versus passive debate. Stock-picking pros aren’t stupid. They’re just expensive. —John Bogle, Money Magazine: 2011 Investor’s Guide   There’s a…

Market Volatility and Equity Performance

When stock markets drop, it can be tough to see past the pain and recall that your investment plan incorporates such risks. To help you take the long-term view, Chief Investment Officer Jared Kizer puts October’s market moves into perspective. When the stock market drops, it can be tough to see past the immediate pain….

Why It’s so Hard to Be a Disciplined Investor

It’s the inability to ignore market “noise” that, for many investors, leads to poor results. Larry Swedroe on some tools for avoiding the twin mistakes of recency and resulting, even when the market serves up an extended period of underperformance. In a June 1999 interview with Businessweek, Warren Buffett is quoted as saying, “Success in…

Tariff Talk and Trade Troubles

Economic and geopolitical news surrounding U.S. tariffs and an escalating trade war with China has produced a decent degree of turmoil (and even more headlines), but the prudent course of action remains to adhere to your long-term financial plan. News of an escalating trade war between the United States and China dominated headlines late last week as…

Estimating Underperformance Probabilities

Jared Kizer crunches the data to get a more realistic sense of the odds that four common factors will underperform over various periods. Professors Eugene Fama and Kenneth French and my colleague Larry Swedroe have done work highlighting the point that even premia with positive long-run expected returns can still underperform for long periods of…

Investing Lessons from a Poker Player

When it comes to markets, there are no clear crystal balls. Like in poker, the best you can do is put the odds in your favor and then invest (or bet) accordingly. Larry Swedroe on what poker players can teach investors about evaluating decisions. As expert poker player Annie Duke explains in her book, “Thinking…

Is a Million Bucks Enough to Retire?

Tim Maurer offers a simple retirement stress test and asks what is perhaps the better question: What number works for you? “Wow, those guys must be millionaires!” I can recall uttering those words as a child, driving by the nicest house in our neighborhood—you know, the one with four garages filled with cars from Europe. The…

The Financial Perils of Old Age

Failing to properly plan for the costs associated with aging can have dire consequences for the retirement you envision. Larry Swedroe unpacks a resource to help investors navigate the many financial aspects of elder and long-term care. In planning for retirement, most people—and their advisors—consider issues such as: How much savings will be needed to…

Active Management Can’t Crack Inefficient Markets

Larry Swedroe unpacks the newly released year-end 2017 SPIVA report and its look at active management’s underwhelming performance. Since 2002, S&P Dow Jones Indices has published its S&P Indices Versus Active (SPIVA) scorecards, which compare the performance of actively managed equity mutual funds to their appropriate index benchmarks. The 2017 report includes 15 years of data. Following…

Taxes Are Everywhere, But So Are Planning Opportunities

Wealth Advisor Bill Morgan shares some ways to implement efficient tax strategies as you work your way toward your financial goals. Just hearing the word “taxes” can cause anxiety. After all, taxes are often among the most significant expenses you will face. However, William Morgan, a longtime CPA and a wealth advisor with Buckingham Strategic…

Investing Lessons from 2017

Larry Swedroe unpacks lessons one through three from 2017. Every year, the markets provide us with lessons on the prudent investment strategy. Many times, markets offer investors remedial courses, covering lessons it taught in previous years. That’s why one of my favorite sayings is that there’s nothing new in investing—only investment history you don’t yet…

Bitcoin: Investment or Bubble?

Larry Swedroe explores whether bitcoin is a worthwhile investment or is still purely speculative. As the director of research at Buckingham Strategic Wealth and The BAM Alliance, it’s not surprising that I’ve been getting lots of calls lately about investing in bitcoin. Just seven years ago, bitcoins were trading at about 10 cents. Four years…

Mutual Fund Ratings and ‘Category Kings’

Larry Swedroe explores how awarding star ratings and crowning “category kings” can influence investor (and manager) decisions. To date, an overwhelming body of academic research (including on active share as a predictor) has demonstrated that a mutual fund’s past performance not only fails to guarantee its future performance (as the required SEC disclaimer states), but…

Bitcoin: Investment or Bubble?

Larry Swedroe explores whether bitcoin is a worthwhile investment or is still purely speculative. As the director of research at Buckingham Strategic Wealth and The BAM Alliance, it’s not surprising that I’ve been getting lots of calls lately about investing in bitcoin. Just seven years ago, bitcoins were trading at about 10 cents. Four years…

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