September 18, 2014

Morningstar 3-year stylebox returns 2014-08

Style Box Annualized Returns For The Past Three Years

Morningstar data for the 3-year annualized returns based on style boxes shows us three interesting lessons.

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Mark Marotta

Why Do Physicians Permit, If Not Encourage, Futile Medical Care?

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We can only afford to allow others the freedom to strive against death when we are not trying collectively to subsidize it.

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Money Pills

Radio: More on the Economics of Healthcare

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Individuals should be free to weight the healthcare costs and benefits, risks and savings, and make the decision that best fits their circumstances.

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2014-08-27 Letter

Mailbag: Screenings useful in cancer fight

Again, we were asking if such screening saved insurance companies money, and the answer is, “No.”

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Real returns favor holding stocks

Real Returns Favor Holding Stocks

There are several important lessons to learn from this graph.

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Piggy Bank on Money

Skin in the Game of Health Care

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“Shouldn’t patients and their families have some skin in the game as a brake on the profligate spending of other people’s money for health care?”

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Wise Old Owl

Most Americans Want Financial Advice From Humans

An article title caught my eye recently: “Survey: Most Americans want financial advice from humans.” The teaser linked to an article by Lydia Saad for Gallup which found that although there is great buzz about the rise of “Robo-Advisors” a majority of Americans prefer to work with a dedicated advisor, advisory firm, or at least [...]

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Eyechart

Cryptic Medical Bills And Health Insurance

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Next time you receive an unintelligible medical bill, remember how hard it is for your doctor to get paid.

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Chaos Lab

Failed Experiment at the SEC

Those who don’t understand or experience regulatory capture wrongly believe in a team of angels at these federal agencies tirelessly working for the common good.

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Mutual Funds Scrabble

Mailbag: What Cost Basis Method Do I Want For Vanguard Mutual Funds?

In our example, your gain/loss could vary from -$1,000 to +$3,500 depending on the method used.

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