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Your Home Is a Personal Asset

Wealth Advisor Connie Brezik looks at why it can be prudent to think about your home as a personal asset, not an investment. Your home is your sanctuary. It is your comfort zone and where you spend a good deal of your time. You sleep, cook, eat and entertain at home. For some, you may …Read More.

Factors Are For Holding

We have met the enemy, and he is us. Larry Swedroe unpacks some new research that suggests individuals do invest in successful factor-based strategies, but destroy returns through their poor trading behavior. In their June 1992 Journal of Finance article, “The Cross-Section of Expected Stock Returns,” professors Eugene Fama and Kenneth French revolutionized the way …Read More.

The Trouble with Convenience

Mindful spending can be awfully tough when purchases are just a click, swipe or tap away. Associate Wealth Advisor Kurt Wunderlich looks at strategies for leveraging convenience in a way that enhances, not diminishes, your financial life. Young professionals beginning to accumulate wealth have grown up alongside some stunning advances in personal technology. Many such …Read More.

The Toll of New Trade Tensions and Your Portfolio

New tariffs and an escalating trade war with China are once again dominating headlines. But while resurgent trade tensions may have indeed roiled markets, the prudent course of action remains to adhere to your long-term financial plan. It was hard to miss the headlines about escalating trade tensions between the U.S. and China this week—and …Read More.

Stock Volatility and Trade Tensions

Remember, volatility is a natural feature of the market, not a flaw. Tim Maurer appears on Nightly Business Report to discuss steps investors should, and shouldn’t, consider taking in response to stock market turbulence amid trade tensions. Remember, volatility is a natural feature of the market, not a flaw. Tim Maurer appears on Nightly Business …Read More.

‘Passive’ Market Efficiency Works

Over the past few decades, there has been a substantial shift from active to passive investment strategies. Larry Swedroe unpacks new research into its potential repercussions for liquidity, volatility and market efficiency. Over the past few decades, there has been a substantial shift from active to passive investment strategies. Active strategies give managers discretion to …Read More.

Does Money Buy Happiness?

Behavioral research has found that happiness tends to increase along with income—up to a point. Larry Swedroe looks at why understanding how wealth affects happiness can play such an important role in retirement planning. There’s a cliché that money can’t buy happiness. Is that true? Thanks to research from Nobel Prize-winning economist Daniel Kahneman and …Read More.

R.I.P. Book Value?

Using book value to sort stocks into value and growth categories has come under assault. Given the questions this may raise, Jared Kizer explores whether price/book as a value measure truly is discernibly inferior to other common metrics. If you’re familiar with factor investing, you’re likely aware that value investing, particularly in the U.S. market, …Read More.

Index Investing’s Market Impact

In a look at the latest literature, Larry Swedroe unpacks new research into the impact that the rise of passive investing has had on securities lending, which plays an important role in stock market efficiency. Over the past few decades, there has been a substantial shift from active to passive investment strategies. The shift has …Read More.