Tuning Out The Noise For investors, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed by the relentless stream of news about markets. By filtering out the noise to help manage your emotions and biases, you can maintain perspective, remain calm, and look beyond the concerns of today.
Are Fees and Gimmicks Squandering Your Returns? Why do we invest? Most of us need to invest in order to fulfill our financial and retirement goals. Unfortunately, most investors still don’t know which actions can help their odds of investment success. There is just too much noise and nonsense out there intended to confuse, scare, and nudge us into making the wrong decisions.
Why We Chose Dimensional Fund Advisors In our effort to provide superior investment strategies, we developed a relationship with Dimensional Fund Advisors, an investment management firm based in Austin, TX. We strongly believe this relationship can help address your investment objectives and help you pursue a better and more successful investment experience.
Fiduciary Standard Best Practices Best Practices are professional conduct standards that outline what the Best Practices Board at the Institute For The Fiduciary Standard believes fiduciary advisors should do for clients. The practices seek to uphold a high standard of transparent and objective advice.
How Much Should You Save For Retirement? Most people ask themselves this question at some point in their working life (hopefully, relatively early). With the continued shift toward defined contribution plans, future retirees are being asked to take on more responsibility for their retirement outcomes than in the past. So the question is of vital importance. But is there a good answer?
Behavioral Finance: Remaining Disciplined Any solid investment plan will only work if it is adhered to during varying market environments. In the face of market turmoil, some investors may find themselves tested, making impulsive decisions that go against their investment plan. Although markets have rewarded discipline, humans are unfortunately not wired for disciplined investing.
Behavioral Finance: Recognizing Our Biases People struggle to separate their emotions from their investment decisions. Following a reactive cycle of excessive optimism and fear may lead to poor decisions at the worst times. Investors are much better off investing with discipline for the long term, rather than trying to speculate the market in the short term.
The Stupidest Thing You Can Do With Your Money From this recent episode of Freaknomics Radio–A study found that only the top 2 to 3 percent of active-fund managers had enough skill to cover their cost. It’s hard enough to save for a house, tuition, or retirement. So why are we willing to pay big fees for subpar investment returns?
Measuring Chance: Luck versus skill in mutual fund performance From Chicago Booth Review (May 01, 2012): Managers of active funds aim to outperform the stock market by picking what they think are the hottest stocks. When these managers succeed in beating the market, it may seem to investors that this is a sure sign of talent. But according to a recent study by Chicago Booth professor Eugene F. Fama and Kenneth R. French of Dartmouth College, it is impossible to tell whether an active fund manager’s stellar performance is due to skill or just sheer luck. In fact, Fama and French show that most active fund managers do not do better than would be expected by chance.
The Free Dividend Fallacy From Chicago Booth Review (March 06, 2017): Dividends are not free money (though lots of investors seem to think they are). In a yield-starved economy, many stock investors look to cash dividends as a source of income. Yet retail and professional investors alike misunderstand the value and role of dividends, leading to suboptimal portfolios and market distortions, research suggests.
The added value of financial advisors. Recent Vanguard research shows that your advisor not only adds peace of mind, but also may add about 3 percentage points of value in net portfolio returns over time (2014).