Diversification: Alternatives – Risk Reduction or Added Complexity and Costs

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If there’s one thing you can count on, both in life and investing, its’ uncertainty. That’s why we save and invest to begin with. We save and invest today, hoping our money will grow. We act on our aspirations for a bright financial future, but we never know for sure.

It stands to reason, then, if there were a credible, evidence-based way to ...

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Nine Experts, Four Surprises, and One Million Dollar Bet

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Dimensional Fund Advisors

 

January 2018

DOWN TO THE WIRE

In 2017, we were again reminded of the importance of following an investment approach based on discipline and diversification vs. prediction and timing. As we gear up for the new year, we can look at several examples during 2017 that provide perspective on what guidance investors ...

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2017 Market Review

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At the beginning of 2017, a common view among money managers and analysts was that the financial markets would not repeat their strong returns from 2016. Many cited the uncertain global economy, political turmoil in the US, implementation of Brexit, conflicts in the Middle East, North Korea’s weapons buildup, and other factors. The global equity markets defied their predictions, with major equity indices in the US, developed ex-US, and emerging markets posting strong returns for the year.

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Are You Prepared for the Next Market Correction?

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If you enjoy a good read, we recommend Warren Buffett’s annual Berkshire Hathaway shareholder letters, dating back to 1965. While financial reports are rarely the stuff from which dreams are made, Buffett’s way with words never ceases to impress. His most recent 2016 letter was no exception, including this powerful insight about market downturns:

“During such scary periods, you should never forget two things: First, widespread fear is your ...

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Election: 70 Days and Counting – Presidents, Politics and Your Portfolio

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election option Last week I visited Gettysburg and toured the battlefields which represent the turning point of the civil war and reaffirmed the principles of which the United States is built. Over 150 years later those fields still speak as loudly as they did when Abraham Lincoln memorably spoke about a “new birth of freedom” for America in the Gettysburg Address. ...

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Parenting Your Wealth in Uncertain Times

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In the face of political drama at home and violence abroad, it’s certainly been a summer for trying our patience, hasn’t it? For anyone who has ever been a parent or a child – that is, for everyone – there are several comparisons we can draw between good parenting and good wealth management. For both, plenty of patience is one of the most important qualities to embrace.

Patience Is Your ...

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Real Estate Investing

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Just as the world around us comes from the elements found in the periodic table, capital markets are made up of asset classes, broadly organized into stocks, bonds, alternatives and hard assets like commodities and real estate. As elemental as asset classes are to investing, it often makes sense to include some real estate investments in your globally diversified portfolio.

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Investing for Retirement Income: Part II: High-Yield Bonds

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In Part I of our three-part series on investing for retirement income in a low-rate environment, we explained why we don’t advise bulking up on dividend-yielding stocks as a reliable way to generate retirement cash flow. Like the Three Little Pigs’ straw house, dividend-yielding stocks can disappoint you by exhibiting inherent risks just when you most need dependability instead.

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Investing for Retirement Income: Part I: Dividend-Yielding Stocks

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If ever there were an appropriate analogy for how to invest for retirement, it would be the classic fable of The Three Little Pigs. As you may recall, those three little pigs tried three different structures to protect against the Big Bad Wolf. Similarly, there are at least three kinds of “building materials” that investors typically employ as they try ...

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How we Choose the Funds for You

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A question we are often asked: How do we choose the funds we use?

In order to understand how we go about choosing the funds we use it is important to start with the awareness that investments are personal. Starting with a plan is the key to develop the right investment strategy to fit your unique situation. The investments must be structured in a manner that is consistent ...

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