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A Guide to Starting Family Financial Conversations

Families sometimes struggle with reasonable, open and constructive dialogue around a range of wealth and life planning matters. To help, Wealth Advisor Jeff Johnson offers some strategies for planning your family’s next important conversation about money. I’ve been a close observer of the way families make, communicate and implement financial decisions for most of the…

How much is enough? It’s a broad question, yet it’s easy to find specific guidance on the amount of money you need to achieve a fulfilling retirement. Tim Maurer says instead of chasing an arbitrary figure, start by asking a better financial-planning question: What do you want out of life? How much is enough? It’s…

Investing for the Long Term amid Stock Market Volatility

In a look at the historical data on stock returns following periods of negative performance, Jared Kizer explores why revisiting the market’s longer-term properties can help put last quarter’s volatility into broader context. From March 2009 through September 2018 — a period encompassing almost 10 years and the aftermath of the Great Financial Crisis —…

Bear Markets to Be Borne With Equanimity

When faced with stock market volatility, it’s critical to take the long view. Larry Swedroe helps keep things in perspective with a look at why disciplined investors have been rewarded for their patience. The holiday season is supposed to be about good cheer. Given the economic news, you might think investors would have plenty to…

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…

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