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Conflicting Interests in Commercial Banks’ Investment Management

Do the managers of commercial bank-affiliated mutual funds act in ways that serve their parent organizations’ interests at the expense of investors? Larry Swedroe unpacks research into this double agency problem and its affect on funds’ performance. About 40% of mutual funds are run by asset management divisions of groups whose primary activity is commercial banking. This …Read More.

Bear Markets to Be Borne With Equanimity

When faced with stock market volatility, it’s critical to take the long view. Larry Swedroe helps keep things in perspective with a look at why disciplined investors have been rewarded for their patience. The holiday season is supposed to be about good cheer. Given the economic news, you might think investors would have plenty to …Read More.

Do You Want to Buy What’s Cheap or Expensive?

In a new look at why global diversification remains the prudent strategy, Larry Swedroe writes that equity valuations today suggest investors are likely to be disadvantaged if they underallocate to emerging market stocks. You have a choice to invest in asset class A, which has a one-year forward-looking price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of 10.6; or asset …Read More.

Putting Panic Into Perspective

There’s always something to worry about when it comes to the stock market, but panic selling all-too-often ends in disaster. That, Larry Swedroe writes, is why it’s so crucial for investors to have a prudent, well-thought-out financial plan in place. As the director of research for Buckingham Strategic Wealth and The BAM Alliance, whenever markets …Read More.

Play it Safe in Muni-Land

Municipal bond investing, it appears, is growing riskier. Larry Swedroe explores some of the reasons why and argues that, given fixed income’s primary role is one of safety, it’s becoming more important to focus on credit quality. While I could provide an almost endless list of forecasts that went wrong from so-called experts, among the …Read More.