Tim Maurer lays out the ways you can sidestep interruptions and productivity detours by focusing your time and energy on doing the work you do best when you’re at your best. Being busy doesn’t necessarily mean you’re getting work done — or doing it well. Tim Maurer lays out the ways you can sidestep interruptions …Read More.
BAM ALLIANCE member Michael Evans on factors to consider when weighing certain financial advantages to holding a mortgage, and whether it makes sense for you. I believe it’s time to take a fresh look at a timeless question: Is it better to own your home outright or maintain a mortgage? Given all the factors involved, …Read More.
Failing to properly plan for the costs associated with aging can have dire consequences for the retirement you envision. Larry Swedroe unpacks a resource to help investors navigate the many financial aspects of elder and long-term care. In planning for retirement, most people—and their advisors—consider issues such as: How much savings will be needed to …Read More.
Does the current empirical evidence still suggest there’s a significant benefit to including emerging markets stocks in a globally diversified portfolio? Larry Swedroe makes his case for the prudent investment strategy. Thirty years ago, emerging markets made up only about 1% of world equity market capitalization, and just 18% of global GDP. As such, the …Read More.
Larry Swedroe on a study showing why performance chasing rarely succeeds. There is a considerable body of evidence demonstrating that the post-hire performance of active managers tends to be disappointing relative to their pre-hire performance. Specifically, managers’ performance tends to regress toward zero after adjusting for expenses, risk, exposure to common factors and survivorship bias. …Read More.
Larry Swedroe looks at recent research into payout policies and the long-run drivers of expected equity returns. In their famous 1961 paper, “Dividend Policy, Growth, and the Valuation of Shares,” Merton Miller and Franco Modigliani theorized that investors should be indifferent about whether they receive distributions via dividends or buybacks, as well as how they …Read More.
Tim Maurer on why finding our path to contentment may have little to do with the dichotomy set up between the pursuit of less and the pursuit of more, scarcity versus acquisition. Having the privilege of walking through life with people vocationally, aiding in the acquisition, maintenance and dispossession of earthly resources as a financial …Read More.
Larry Swedroe unpacks the research and explores the benefits of tax-aware, long/short funds. Among the “smart beta” strategies that recently have become popular are funds that go long securities with favorable characteristics and short those with unfavorable characteristics. For example, to capture the value premium, a fund would go long value stocks and short growth …Read More.
Larry Swedroe concludes it’s premature to give up on the value factor, but also that its premium has only been earned by investors disciplined enough to stay the course through sometimes long periods of underperformance. As the director of research for Buckingham Strategic Wealth and The BAM Alliance, I’ve been getting lots of questions about …Read More.
A Larry Swedroe unpacks these findings, and explains why they offer yet another reason investors should avoid a loser’s game. As I recently observed, hedge funds began 2018 coming off their ninth-straight year of trailing U.S. stocks (as measured by the S&P 500 Index) by significant margins. And for the 10-year period ending 2017—one that included …Read More.