Larry Swedroe looks at research into the anomaly that exists in the relationship between default risk and equity returns. The most basic of asset pricing theories is that riskier assets should command higher expected returns. Clearly, financial distress is a risk characteristic, but it’s one that presents a dilemma, as there has not been a …Read More.
Tim Maurer in Forbes on how advisors (or anyone else, for that matter) can better receive, and respond to, sad news. I recently received a text message from my mother that I’ll never forget, letting me know a long-time family friend was checking her mail when a tree branch fell and killed her, instantly. Her legacy is …Read More.
It’s always helpful to put volatility in perspective, especially after last week’s market swings. It’s always helpful to put volatility in perspective, especially after last week’s market swings. The BAM ALLIANCE’s Chief Investment Officer Jared Kizer and Director of Investment Strategy Kevin Grogan offer an insightful reminder about the importance of keeping a long-term view …Read More.
Larry Swedroe on why, before some dire forecast causes you to panic over risk in your bond holdings, it’s well worth recalling that the collective wisdom of the market is a very tough competitor. As director of research for Buckingham Strategic Wealth and The BAM Alliance, one of the most-asked questions I’ve been getting lately …Read More.
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 …Read More.
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 …Read More.
Manisha Thakor and David Ressner discuss saving for college, financial aid, calculating costs and even how to identify the right (priced) college. Demystify planning for college costs: Manisha Thakor and David Ressner discuss saving for college, financial aid, calculating costs and even how to identify the right (priced) college. By clicking on any of the …Read More.
Larry Swedroe unpacks a recent study suggesting that, when selecting active mutual funds, investors confuse loading on common factors with managerial skill. Extensive and readily available data show that the persistence of active managers’ outperformance is well below what we would expect from pure chance (randomness). Making matters worse is that the equity managers who …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.
Larry Swedroe explores how awarding star ratings and crowning “category kings” can influence investor (and manager) decisions. To date, an overwhelming body of academic research (including on active share as a predictor) has demonstrated that a mutual fund’s past performance not only fails to guarantee its future performance (as the required SEC disclaimer states), but …Read More.