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Factor Human Capital Into Your Financial Plans

The value of your labor should be considered when making investments. When designing an investment plan and deciding on the appropriate asset allocation, you should make sure to consider your unique ability, willingness and need to take risk. The latter two considerations are fairly straightforward. The more “stomach acid” you can absorb during bear markets…

What Is Enough? – with Dr. Kate Levinson

Answering the age-old question of “What is enough?” with Manisha Thakor and Kate Levinson in MoneyZen podcast. How do you answer that age-old question: What is enough? Manisha Thakor poses the question to Dr. Kate Levinson, a licensed therapist who has spent more than 20 years studying the interface of money and psychology. By clicking…

Political Biases Can Impact Your Investing

Larry Swedroe reviews the evidence on how political biases can affect your investing. “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light,…

Moral Hazard In Hedge Fund Fees

Larry Swedroe on how a systematic approach can help mitigate the problem. The typical hedge fund fee structure includes a management fee, calculated as a fixed percentage of a fund’s net asset value, plus an incentive fee, calculated as a percentage of its trading profits. Some hedge funds use both hurdle rates and a high-water-mark…

Financial Calm and Confidence

Manisha Thakor on the importance of building relationships in financial planning. The best financial relationships occur when your wealth advisor is interested not just in investing your money, but in investing in your life. Manisha Thakor on helping clients achieve financial clarity, calm and confidence through the process of true wealth management. By clicking on…

Why Busyness Isn’t Good Business

Tim Maurer asks 12 thought leaders for techniques to stop the cycle of “busyness.” It’s old news that we’re busy and that we wear our busyness as a badge of honor. But a new study found that Americans, in particular, are actually buying it. Specifically, the study concluded that Americans who always say they’re “busy” are actually seen…

When Vice Outperforms Virtue

Larry Swedroe checks the research on socially responsible vs. “vice” investing. Socially responsible investing (SRI) has been referred to as “double-bottom-line” investing. The implication is that investors are seeking not only profitable investments, but investments that meet their personal standards. For instance, some investors don’t want their money to support companies that sell tobacco products,…

Investors Respond to Feedback

Feedback on investment decisions helps improve investor performance: Larry Swedroe unpacks the research. It’s been well documented that, on average, retail investors are “dumb” money. For example, on average, the stocks they buy go on to underperform, and the stocks they sell go on to outperform. Sadly, investors even manage to underperform the very mutual…

Turns Out the “Smart Money” Isn’t

Turns out the “smart money” often isn’t. Larry Swedroe on who, exactly, exploits market anomalies. Institutional investors are generally considered “smart money” that exploits the behavioral biases of “dumb” retail money. However, there have been some holes poked in that idea recently. For instance, Roger Edelen, Ozgur Ince and Gregory Kadlec, authors of the study…

‘Sure Things’ to Watch for in 2017

Larry Swedroe compiles his list of financial predictions to watch for the year. Every year, I like to keep track of the predictions “gurus” and other market observers make for the upcoming year, specifically the ones they say are “sure things.” It seems like no one in the financial media holds them accountable (which is…

“A State of Heart” Featuring Tim Maurer

For some, fiduciary is just a headline. For us, “It’s who we are.” The word fiduciary has been in the news a lot of late, from Wall Street to Washington, but it’s a word that has always been part of our daily dialogue. Advisors who act as fiduciaries, as we do, are legally required to put the…

The Impact of Scale on the Performance of Active Managers

Diseconomies of scale and their impact on active manager performance. There is a large body of overwhelming evidence that past performance is at best a poor predictor of active managers’ future performance. That is why the SEC requires that common and familiar disclaimer. There are many explanations for the difficulty that active managers face in…

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