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Passive Investing

Mutual Funds:  Costs Matter

Mutual Funds: Do You Really Get What You Pay For?

By | Active Investing, Expense Ratios, Mutual Funds, Passive Investing | No Comments

We have all heard the old adage “You get what you pay for” at one point or another in our lives.  We understand the adage to generally mean that inexpensive items and services tend to be inferior, or of lower quality, than more expensive items or services.  We understand that with most things in life you have to pay a…

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A new fifteen year study finds that passive investing strategies beat active investing strategies.

Passive Investing Beats Active Investing Over 15 Year Timeframe

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“Just wait until next year” was the lament of faithful Chicago Cubs’ fans for over 100 years before last season.  From 1908 until their victory over the Cleveland Indians in the 2016 World Series, fans of “the Lovable Losers” would lick their wounds from the previous season while optimistically looking forward to next spring when the Cubs would begin the…

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Investors Can Learn a Lot from Farmers!

What Lessons Can Investors Learn from Farmers?

By | Financial Planning, Investing Lessons, Investment Returns, Passive Investing, Patience, Retirement Planning, Retirement Savings, Returns | No Comments

Spring is my favorite season of the year.  I suspect many of you feel the same way based on the amount of outdoor activity I have observed in recent days.  For me, spring means the start of the Major League Baseball season, hours of therapeutic and relaxing lawn care and landscaping activities, and the opportunity to watch my daughter Erin…

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Warren Buffett has declared himself the winner of the "Million-Dollar Bet."

Warren Buffett Declares Himself the Winner of the “Million-Dollar Bet”

By | Active Investing, Hedge Funds, Investing Lessons, Investment Returns, Passive Investing, Warren Buffett | No Comments

They do not call him the “Oracle of Omaha” for nothing; Warren Buffett knows a good bet when he sees one.  Nine years into a ten-year wager, now referred to as the “Million Dollar Bet,” Buffett has declared himself the winner. What exactly is the “Million-Dollar Bet?”  In 2007, Buffett engaged in a wager with asset management firm Protégé Partners…

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The 'average' investor earned slightly more than 5% in their investment portfolio in 2016.

How Did the Average Investor Do in 2016?

By | Active Investing, Behavioral Finance, Investment Returns, Passive Investing, Real Returns, Stock Markets | No Comments

Openfolio, a company dedicated to providing information and transparency to investors, recently released some data about how investors performed in 2016.  Openfolio aggregates the performance data from over 70,000 subscribers who voluntarily and anonymously share their investment portfolio information with Openfolio.  The idea is that sharing data among its users should help them realize better investment performance.  We will discuss…

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Over one, five and ten year periods over 80% of actively-managed funds under-perform their benchmarks.

Active Managers Trounced Again in First Quarter of 2016

By | Active Investing, Passive Investing, Stock Markets | No Comments

Volatile markets are generally viewed as a prime opportunity for active managers to shine and demonstrate their stock-picking and market-timing skills and prowess.  Equity markets don’t get much more volatile than they were in the first quarter of 2016, but the investment results for active managers were disappointing. How volatile did equity markets get?  Well, consider that the S&P 500…

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