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.
After a look at the historical evidence, Larry Swedroe makes the case that investors haven’t been adequately compensated for taking on the various risks, implementation issues and other planning requirements associated with corporate bonds. It’s important that investors understand all risky assets can experience long periods of underperformance. My favorite example that makes this point …Read More.
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.
For a more secure retirement, think larger than simply trying to pay the least amount in taxes each year. Wealth Advisor Bill Morgan outlines the process for building an overarching spend-down strategy designed to minimize taxes over a lifetime. Almost every client we talk with emphasizes one primary, overriding goal: having enough money in retirement. …Read More.
The risk of becoming more vulnerable to financial abuse as we get older can pose a significant threat to our retirement security. Larry Swedroe explores research into the scope of the problem, and then offers some steps to help guard against it. The World Health Organization reports that by 2050, 2 billion people (22% of …Read More.
A recent study only reinforces the important link between mutual fund costs and performance. However, as Larry Swedroe explains, its results happen to offer plenty of good news for investors on both sides of the active versus passive debate. Stock-picking pros aren’t stupid. They’re just expensive. —John Bogle, Money Magazine: 2011 Investor’s Guide There’s a …Read More.
When stock markets drop, it can be tough to see past the pain and recall that your investment plan incorporates such risks. To help you take the long-term view, Chief Investment Officer Jared Kizer puts October’s market moves into perspective. When the stock market drops, it can be tough to see past the immediate pain. …Read More.
Tim Maurer was assigned a task: put together a list of his five favorite books from the world of personal finance. He came up with 10. In this video, Maurer, director of advisor engagement for the BAM ALLIANCE, walks us through his wide-ranging library, which includes books that focus on financial planning, behavioral economics, life …Read More.
One way to evaluate an equity factor’s pervasiveness is to determine whether it provides a premium at the sector/industry level. With this metric in mind, Larry Swedroe unpacks new research that shows the value and profitability factors pass the test. In our book, “Your Complete Guide to Factor-Based Investing,” Andrew Berkin and I provide five …Read More.
Are corporate bonds additive to portfolios that already own stocks and government bonds? Jared Kizer revisits this question with a look at the historical justification for, and some facts and fiction regarding, the investment-grade credit premium. The above title may well end up being my most significant marketing achievement. Yet, it is a good descriptor …Read More.