A recent study explores how Fama-French factors perform across various stages of recession and recovery. Arnav Sheth and Tee Lim contribute to the literature on the performance of factor-based investment strategies through their December 2017 study, “Fama-French Factors and Business Cycles.” In it, they examined the behavior of six Fama-French factors—market beta (MKT), size (SMB), …Read More.
Larry Swedroe tackles research into how managing volatility shapes outcomes and utility. There’s a large body of research demonstrating that, while past returns do not predict future returns, past volatility largely predicts future near-term volatility. For example, since 1926, the correlation of returns between adjacent 60-trading-day periods is essentially zero. In contrast, the correlation rises …Read More.
Tim Maurer tells the tale of an entrepreneur who made his passion into his profession. “This was given to me, because that was going to kill me,” entrepreneur Lee Janik told me. “That” was the job of owning and running a construction company he started in Ohio in the mid-2000s. “This” was the sacred experience of fly fishing, …Read More.
Larry Swedroe unpacks an illustration supporting factor diversification for portfolio efficiency. The holy grail of investing is the search for investment strategies that can deliver higher expected returns without increased risk, or the same expected return with reduced risk. In our 2014 book, “Reducing the Risk of Black Swans,” my co-author Kevin Grogan and I …Read More.
Savvy Ladies Founder Stacy Francis discusses insights about women’s relationship to money before, during and after divorce, as well as the four most common paths to divorce and pitfalls to avoid in the process. Stacy Francis discusses insights from her 2017 white paper, “Unveiling The Unspoken Truth: The Financial Challenges Women Face During And After …Read More.
Behavioral economics can and should reframe how we look at our interaction with money, as well as the business of financial advice. I don’t think professor Richard Thaler is going to return my calls anymore. Sure, he was gracious enough to give me an interview after his most recent book, Misbehaving, a surprisingly readable history of the field …Read More.
Mutual fund rating systems really only do a great job of “predicting” the past. Larry Swedroe reviews the research. The holy grail for mutual fund investors is the ability to identify in advance which of the very few active mutual funds will outperform in the future. To date, an overwhelming body of academic research has …Read More.
Worried about equity valuations? Trying to time the market to sit out a correction? Take Larry Swedroe’s short quiz. We have data for 91 calendar years (or 1,092 months) of U.S. investment returns over the period 1927 through 2016. The average monthly return to the S&P 500 has been 0.95%, and the average quarterly return …Read More.
BAM ALLIANCE member Stuart Vick Smith offers five tips for helping to teach your kids about money. As parents, we continually struggle to pass knowledge on to our children. Unfortunately, sometimes financial knowledge is left off the list or lost in translation. To prevent that happening, consider the following five tips to help teach your …Read More.
Larry Swedroe on research into how VRP portfolios fare in market crises. There are a multitude of alternative investments for investors to consider, largely because Wall Street is exceptionally good at creating products, and at creating demand for those products, even when there shouldn’t be. However, among the many alternatives from which to choose, there …Read More.