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Expect Volatility

Dips in the stock market over the last few days jolted a lot of investors. But, as Buckingham’s Sue Stevens explains, volatility is normal, and the best course of action right now is simply to do nothing. The past two years have seen an unusually low level of volatility in the stock market. That can…

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Larry Swedroe explains why new research into the volatility of equity risk premiums shows that patience and factor diversification are crucial. “Success in investing doesn’t correlate with IQ. Once you have ordinary intelligence, what you need is the temperament to control the urges that get other people in trouble investing.” — Warren Buffett In my more…

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How to Manage Your Money in 2018

Tim Maurer visits with the TODAY show to discuss managing debt, saving for the future and investing long-term. With markets hitting record highs and a new tax plan in place, there’s a lot in play when it comes to balancing your finances. Tim Maurer visits with the TODAY show’s Sheinelle Jones and Craig Melvin to…

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Don’t Write Off Value

Larry Swedroe takes a look at the data and builds his case for why investors should continue to expect a value premium going forward. Recency bias—the tendency to give too much weight to recent experience and ignore long-term historical evidence—underlies many of the mistakes commonly made by investors. It’s particularly dangerous because it causes investors…

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Bitcoin: Investment or Bubble?

Larry Swedroe explores whether bitcoin is a worthwhile investment or is still purely speculative. As the director of research at Buckingham Strategic Wealth and The BAM Alliance, it’s not surprising that I’ve been getting lots of calls lately about investing in bitcoin. Just seven years ago, bitcoins were trading at about 10 cents. Four years…

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Discipline Is Critical to Successful Investing

Will disciplined value investing be rewarded long term? Larry Swedroe on the evidence, and current stock valuations. Having a well-thought-out investment plan is the necessary condition for successful investing. However, it’s not sufficient. The sufficient condition is having the discipline to stay the course during the virtually inevitable periods when a strategy underperforms. That, of…

Understanding Different Types of Risks

Larry Swedroe on the importance of integrating all risks (not only the investment kind) into an overall financial plan. Larry Swedroe, Director of Research, The BAM ALLIANCE Harry Markowitz received the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences in 1990 for his contributions to the body of work known as “modern portfolio theory.” Probably his greatest contribution…

An Integrated Investment Plan Is Key

A sound investment plan isn’t the only way to find financial security. Earlier this week, we looked at the importance of incorporating different types of risk—specifically, human capital risk—into an overall financial plan. Today I will focus on mortality and longevity risk, and using “tax alpha” strategies to improve the odds of achieving your financial goals….

How to Help Aging Parents With Their Finances

Helping aging parents with their finances. Role reversal: If you have aging parents, they may need help sorting out their finances. Stuart Vick Smith lays out some steps you can take to help them feel in control of their financial life. Find it on KVUE.com By clicking on any of the links above, you acknowledge…

Private Equity Adds Risk, Little Return

Larry Swedroe on how the risk of private equity doesn’t always equal higher returns. The term “private equity” is used to describe various types (e.g., buyout funds and venture capital funds) of privately placed (nonpublicly traded) investments. Even though buyout (BO) funds and venture capital (VC) funds have similar organizational and compensation structures, they are…

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…

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