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Given today’s high stock market valuations, should investors wait for a correction before putting cash to work? Larry Swedroe first puts valuations into context, then explores the opportunity cost of sitting on the sidelines. With all the warnings about excessively high valuations investors have been getting from gurus and the financial media, it’s not a…

The Antidote To Stock Market Hysteria

Market forecasters capitalize on our desire to know the unknowable. Tim Maurer, Director of Personal Finance, The BAM Alliance Just for fun, Google the words “market pullback.” There are over 2.2 million results–most of them market predictions–and the first page of results is dominated by calls for an imminent market reversal that the simple desk…

Measuring Active’s Underperformance Against Investable Benchmarks

Larry Swedroe on research using ETFs to create investable benchmarks. Larry Swedroe, Director of Research, The BAM Alliance The underperformance of actively managed mutual funds compared to passive investments is well-documented in the literature—as is evidence on the lack of persistence of outperformance beyond just the randomly expected. For example, in their study “Luck versus…

Measuring Active’s Underperformance Against Investable Benchmarks

Larry Swedroe on research using ETFs to create investable benchmarks. Larry Swedroe, Director of Research, The BAM Alliance The underperformance of actively managed mutual funds compared to passive investments is well-documented in the literature—as is evidence on the lack of persistence of outperformance beyond just the randomly expected. For example, in their study “Luck versus…

What Fewer Stocks Means for Factor Premiums

Fewer stocks today may mean stock picking is dying, but will it doom factor premiums as well. Larry Swedroe, Director of Research, The BAM Alliance Jason Zweig, financial columnist for The Wall Street Journal, is one of the truly “good guys” in the world of financial media (by which I mean that he looks out…

An Integrated Investment Plan Is Key

A sound investment plan isn’t the only way to find financial security. Earlier this week, we looked at the importance of incorporating different types of risk—specifically, human capital risk—into an overall financial plan. Today I will focus on mortality and longevity risk, and using “tax alpha” strategies to improve the odds of achieving your financial goals….

How to Help Aging Parents With Their Finances

Helping aging parents with their finances. Stuart Vick Smith, ML&R Wealth Management  Role reversal: If you have aging parents, they may need help sorting out their finances. Stuart Vick Smith lays out some steps you can take to help them feel in control of their financial life. Find it on KVUE.com By clicking on any…

Understanding Different Types of Risks

Larry Swedroe on the importance of integrating all risks (not only the investment kind) into an overall financial plan. Larry Swedroe, Director of Research, The BAM ALLIANCE Harry Markowitz received the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences in 1990 for his contributions to the body of work known as “modern portfolio theory.” Probably his greatest contribution…

Understanding Different Types of Risks

Larry Swedroe on the importance of integrating all risks (not only the investment kind) into an overall financial plan. Larry Swedroe, Director of Research, The BAM ALLIANCE Harry Markowitz received the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences in 1990 for his contributions to the body of work known as “modern portfolio theory.” Probably his greatest contribution…

An Integrated Investment Plan Is Key

A sound investment plan isn’t the only way to find financial security. Earlier this week, we looked at the importance of incorporating different types of risk—specifically, human capital risk—into an overall financial plan. Today I will focus on mortality and longevity risk, and using “tax alpha” strategies to improve the odds of achieving your financial goals….

A More Complex View On Value

Larry Swedroe shows that book-to-market isn’t the only criteria for defining the value factor. Eugene Fama and Kenneth French’s 1992 paper, “The Cross-Section of Expected Stock Returns,” resulted in the development of the Fama–French three-factor model. This model added the size and value factors to the market beta factor. As my co-author, Andrew Berkin, and…

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