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A New Year Conversation

A New Year Conversation

This is no surprise. The world is enormous. To cope with information overload, we engage in what behavioral psychologists refer to as heuristics. These are rules of thumb or mental shortcuts that take

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Evidence-Based Investing in Brief

Evidence-Based Investing in Brief

How do you invest your money over the long term? If you’ve read much of our work, you’ve probably noticed we embrace evidence-based investing. But what does that mean?

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Why a Stock Peak Isn’t a Cliff

Why a Stock Peak Isn’t a Cliff

Reaching a new high doesn’t mean the market will retreat. Stocks are priced to deliver a positive expected return for investors, so reaching record highs regularly is the outcome one would expect.

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Myth-Busting with Momentum: How to Pursue the Premium

Myth-Busting with Momentum: How to Pursue the Premium

While both simulated and real-world data suggest momentum may not be suitable as a driver of long-term asset allocations, we believe momentum considerations can be integrated in a cost-effective way to

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When It Comes to SMAs, How Do You Measure the Impact of Personalization?

When It Comes to SMAs, How Do You Measure the Impact of Personalization?

Many investors want their portfolios to do more than just pursue reliable premiums. They may also want to seek tax efficiency; reflect their environmental, social, and governance (ESG) values; respect

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Reading Fed Tea Leaves? Watch Market Prices Instead

Reading Fed Tea Leaves? Watch Market Prices Instead

Yields reflect the aggregate expectations of all market participants, including opinions on how and when the Fed will act. And even if a crystal ball could reveal the timing and direction of the Fed’s

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The Ever Changing World Goes On

The Ever Changing World Goes On

“News is, by definition, something that doesn’t last. It exists for only a moment before it changes. … It’s not important to living a good life. It’s not going to help you make better decisions.

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Will Inflation Hurt Stock Returns? Not Necessarily.

Will Inflation Hurt Stock Returns? Not Necessarily.

Since 1991, one-year returns on US stocks have fluctuated widely. Yet weak returns occurred when inflation was low in some periods, and 23 of the past 30 years saw positive returns even after adjusting

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Tuning Out the Noise

For investors, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed by the relentless stream of news about markets. Being bombarded with data and headlines presented as affecting your financial well-being can evoke strong

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Which Country Will Outperform? Here’s Why It Shouldn’t Matter.

Which Country Will Outperform? Here’s Why It Shouldn’t Matter.

Investment opportunities exist all around the globe, but the randomness of global stock returns makes it exceedingly difficult to figure out which markets are likely to be outperformers. How should investors

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Tax-Wise Investment Techniques

We view effective tax planning as a way to reduce your lifetime tax bill—or beyond, if you’re preparing for a tax-efficient wealth transfer to your heirs.

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When Everything Screams Inflation

When Everything Screams Inflation

After last year’s economic shocks, we shouldn’t be surprised to see prices rebounding. But the potential for inflation is one among many factors investors take into account when agreeing on a price

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Tax Planning in Turbulent Times

Tax Planning in Turbulent Times

How do we plan when we cannot know? The particulars may evolve, but it seems there are always an array of tax breaks to encourage us to save toward our major life goals—such as retirement, healthcare,

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Swing in Small Value Stocks Shows Benefits of Staying the Course

Value stocks, or those with low relative prices, have outperformed higher-priced growth stocks in the US over the long term. Similarly, the stocks of smaller companies have fared better than the stocks

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Is Inflation Haunting Your Financial Dreams?

Is Inflation Haunting Your Financial Dreams? (Part 2)

The Federal Reserve has been suggesting rising rates should wane. We hope they’re right. But we also know the future remains uncharted. Nearly any outcome is possible, and none is inevitable. This means

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Is Inflation Haunting Your Financial Dreams?

Is Inflation Haunting Your Financial Dreams? (Part 1)

Recent headlines have been reporting a noticeable uptick in inflation. Superlatives like “best” and “worst” grab the most attention, so outlets have been abuzz with reports of how a 5% May consumer

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Don’t Let A Market Timer Gamble with Your Life Savings

Don’t Let A Market Timer Gamble with Your Life Savings

The prediction game may be a losing one for many investors, and each year there are published reports that highlight the difficulties conventional managers face.

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Why Investors Might Think Twice About Chasing the Biggest Stocks

As companies grow to become some of the largest firms trading on the US stock market, the returns that push them there can be impressive. But not long after joining the Top 10 largest by market cap, these

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Tax Planning In Retirement

There is one major tax-planning principle that changes in retirement that is often overlooked by retirees and their advisors alike, which results in paying more taxes than necessary. Entering retirement,

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What Is Fiduciary Investment Advice, and Why Does It Matter (Now More Than Ever)?

Having a fiduciary duty to our clients puts us on similar footing with other professional consultants, such as physicians or attorneys. You hire us partly because we have dedicated our career to understanding

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The More Things Change

“If there is a unifying theme to all this, it is that investors big and small showed no fear of risk-taking to start 2021. In fact, they embraced it.” – Wall Street Journal

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SPACS, NFTs, and Flourishing in the Economic Jungle

“The American marketplace is an economic jungle. As in all jungles, you easily can be destroyed if you don’t know the rules of survival. … But you also can come through in fine shape and you

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How Has Market Behavior Evolved For Emerging Markets Investing?

How Has Market Behavior Evolved For Emerging Markets Investing?

Understanding market behavior and evolution are just as important for emerging markets as for developed markets, as emerging markets are an important part of a well-diversified global equity portfolio.

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When It’s Value Stocks vs. Growth Stocks, History Is on Value’s Side

When It’s Value Stocks vs. Growth Stocks, History Is on Value’s Side

Recently, growth stocks have enjoyed a run of outperformance vs. their value counterparts. But while disappointing periods emerge from time to time, the principle that lower relative prices lead to higher

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Top Heavy Market? Giant Firms on Top Is Nothing New

Top Heavy Market? Giant Firms on Top Is Nothing New

A top-heavy stock market with the largest 10 stocks accounting for over 20% of market capitalization and a marquee technology firm perched at No. 1? This is not new. A breakdown of the largest US stocks

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Under the Macroscope: When Stocks and the Economy Diverge

Under the Macroscope: When Stocks and the Economy Diverge

What’s going on in the market when stocks and the economy diverge? It can be puzzling when a bleak economic report emerges from the press, only to be accompanied by a positive surge in the stock market.

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Strategic vs. Tactical Asset Allocation: Does It Matter?

Strategic vs. Tactical Asset Allocation: Does It Matter?

Strategic vs. tactical asset allocation … they both sound pretty good as an investment strategy, don’t they? There’s only one problem: I may have left you guessing as to what I’m even talking

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