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Are You Nervous about Money?

Investors become nervous when markets do well, thinking that the inevitable “other shoe” is about to drop. This is normal and understandable. A key to becoming an “all the time” investor is appreciating the power of the collective market. Even more important, clearly understanding that there is no such thing as a future fact. Regardless […]

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Investment Lifetime

What’s Your Investing Lifetime?

“Far more money has been lost by investors preparing for corrections or trying to anticipate corrections than has been lost in corrections themselves.” – Peter Lynch (Former Fidelity Magellan Manager)  We sometimes see clients that have an investing theory all worked out that inevitably leads to a coming  market decline.  Financial markets indeed move up […]

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Defeat

Is Passive Investing “Defeatist”?

Is investing in a way to capture asset class/market returns akin to “giving up”? Hardly. Passive investing in actuality is about expecting to win  at investing over time. Conversely, mountains of research demonstrate that the active manager approach to investing is mostly destined to fail. Active investment management relies on the belief that a combination of nimble […]

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Destruction

How to Avoid Wealth Destruction

Professor Ken French has estimated that $80 billion per year is transferred from the pockets of investors to brokers and active fund managers. Others, including Vanguard founder John Bogle, have estimated that the majority of the investment returns provided by the financial markets are skimmed off the top by the mighty Wall Street marketing machine. […]

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Prize Worthy

 For the main, Nobel Prize winners elicit little response. One of the winners this week in economics is a noteworthy exception. Professor Eugene Fama of the University of Chicago, father of the Efficient Market Hypothesis, was one of three U.S. economists to share in the award this year. Markets are informational exchanges and Dr. Fama […]

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A Profitable Philosophy

“The most important part of any investment philosophy is to have one…and then to follow it.” – David Booth, Co-founder Dimensional Fund Advisors The home or landing page of our newly refreshed website (almost ready to go live), contains four rectangular boxes where the viewer can access information according to specific interest. The first box […]

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