Dimensional’s 2018 analysis of US-based mutual funds shows that only a small percentage of funds have outperformed industry benchmarks after costs—and among top-ranked funds based on past results, only a small percentage have repeated their past success.
As the famous quote by Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli states: “There are three kinds of lies – lies, damned lies, and statistics”. In this installment of Financial TIPs we will focus on the third type of “lie”, statistics. One trick of the trade we must watch for when accepting or rejecting a performance analysis is survivorship bias; using statistics to mislead.
What Is Survivorship Bias?
Only the strong survive. This is a familiar adage because it’s often true ...Continue Reading →
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 with your goals, risk tolerance and time frame not to ...Continue Reading →