July 1, 2015

Investments

Investments are at the core of what we do, and here is some commentary on various aspects of the financial markets.

The Markets Are Inherently Volatile

Does Past Performance Have Anything To Do With Future Results?

Most investors don’t understand what that means.

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Marotta’s 2015 Vanguard Gone-Fishing Portfolio Calculator

Marotta's 2015 Vanguard Gone-Fishing Portfolio Calculator

If you are using Vanguard, we have created a gone fishing portfolio using only low-cost Vanguard mutual funds to help save money on transaction costs.

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What Is The Relationship Between Turnover Rate and Returns?

What Is The Relationship Between Turnover Rate and Returns?

A high turnover rate is not something you want in a stock fund.

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What To Do When The Stock Market Drops 1800 Points

What To Do When The Stock Market Drops 1800 Points

What should you do before a market correction? What about after? The answer is the same.

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How to Select Securities

How to Select Securities

Your investment strategy is critically important but the implementation requires wise fund selection.

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What Is The Correlation Of Freedom Investing?

What Is The Correlation Of Freedom Investing?

Should we have a “Free Countries Asset Class” or a “Foreign Stock Asset Class?”

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What Is The Relationship Between Number Of Holdings and Returns?

What Is The Relationship Between Number Of Holdings and Returns?

There is no such thing as “over diversification.”

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Tax Alpha: How to Fix a Client Portfolio

Tax Alpha: How to Fix a Client Portfolio

Good financial planners can be worth their weight in gold in helping clients build a tax-efficient portfolio.

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Defining Your Sectors

Defining Your Sectors

The process of defining your sectors is an attempt to identify the quintessential features of your strategy and formalize your selection criteria.

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Will Preferred Stocks Hypnotize With Yield?

Will Preferred Stocks Hypnotize With Yield?

Despite the appearance of stability, preferred stocks can become especially volatile when markets are reeling.

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What Is The Relationship Between Turnover Rate And Number Of Holdings?

What Is The Relationship Between Turnover Rate And Number Of Holdings?

The greater the number of holdings the lower the turnover rate with one surprising exception.

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Do Resource Stocks Deserve Their Own Asset Class?

Do Resource Stocks Deserve Their Own Asset Class?

Resource stocks represent one of the most interesting collections of diverse indexes as they do not always move in sync with one another.

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What Is Turnover Rate?

What Is Turnover Rate?

Beware the turnover rate. It’s much wiser to invest in funds managed by people you trust.

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The Crowd Is Usually Wrong

The Crowd Is Usually Wrong

Stocks less frequently traded have better returns.

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What Is the Correlation Between Value, Growth, Large and Small Cap Stocks?

What Is the Correlation Between Value, Growth, Large and Small Cap Stocks?

The higher the correlation the greater the justification to put them in the same asset class.

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The Asset Allocation Within Your Asset Allocation

The Asset Allocation Within Your Asset Allocation

It is good to take the two categories which are most similar and use them as underlying sector divisions within the same larger asset class.

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Hidden Fees in Private Equity

Hidden Fees in Private Equity

“Every pension plan in the nation is paying too much [for private equity], and it’s being hidden.”

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Are Healthcare and Technology The Best Performing U.S. Sectors?

Are Healthcare and Technology The Best Performing U.S. Sectors?

Should they be over weighted in your portfolio?

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Your Asset Allocation Should Be Priceless

Your Asset Allocation Should Be Priceless

The value of not running out of money when making withdrawals cannot be measured.

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What Is The Correlation Between US Stocks and Foreign Stocks?

What Is The Correlation Between US Stocks and Foreign Stocks?

Correlations over the past year have been very low, while correlations over the past 10 years have been higher.

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The Art of the Rebalancing Bonus

The Art of the Rebalancing Bonus

Portfolio design and rebalancing is both a science and an art. Knowing that rebalancing boosts returns is useless unless you as the investor follow through.

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What Is Correlation?

What Is Correlation?

The correlation between two investment is used in portfolio construction and rebalancing.

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The Science of the Rebalancing Bonus

The Science of the Rebalancing Bonus

Rebalancing can both boost returns and lower volatility, but most investors do not understanding how.

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Looking Beyond the Bottom Line

Looking Beyond the Bottom Line

The Principles for Responsible Investment is leveraging its network in noteworthy ways.

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Cost-Benefit Analysis for Financial Planning

Cost-Benefit Analysis for Financial Planning

The cost of commission-based advisors are so hidden that you may be paying more than you realize.

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First Quarter 2015 Returns: Our 6 Asset Classes

Q1 2015 6 Asset Class Returns

Each quarter brings a different set of returns for each asset class and subcategory.

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Nobel Prize Worthy Advice On Investing

Nobel Prize Worthy Advice On Investing

Here’s how a good advisor should respond when you call about losses in your account.

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Is Lawsuit Funding A Good Investment?

Is Lawsuit Funding A Good Investment?

“Lawsuit lenders do not advertise prices; they advertise convenience.”

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Investment Strategies That Do Not Make Our Cut: Low Volatility

Investment Strategies That Do Not Make Our Cut: Low Volatility

There are three rules that we follow when looking for an investment strategy and the low volatility strategy fails two.

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Schwab Intelligent Portfolios: Incomplete Rebalancing Algorithm

Schwab Intelligent Portfolios

See our review of the two pros and nine cons of how Schwab monitors and rebalances portfolios.

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Investing Lessons from the Birth and Death of the Virginia Company

Investing Lessons from the Birth and Death of the Virginia Company

Investing in America began with the bankruptcy of the hottest stock in England.

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Schwab Intelligent Portfolios: Built on a Faulty Premise

Schwab Intelligent Portfolios: Built on a Faulty Premise

It is a great marketing campaign, and the service is a wonderful idea, but the asset allocations of SIPs aren’t actually that intelligent.

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Are Socially Responsible Investing (SRI) Funds Better Investments?

Are Socially Responsible Investing Funds Better Investments?

“What do you think of the idea of Socially Responsible Investing (SRI) implemented simply by investing in something like the Domini Social Equity Fund (DSEFX)?”

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Stock Ownership Is a Bad Strategy for Social Change

Stock Ownership Is a Bad Strategy for Social Change

You cannot help a company by buying its stock.

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Jack Bogle: The Value Of An Advisor Who Sticks To A Long Term Plan

Jack Bogle: The Value Of An Advisor Who Sticks To A Long Term Plan

“Advisers need to sell their value as keeping their clients from doing the wrong thing at the wrong time.”

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Warren Buffett Extends His Lead in Hedge Fund Wager

Warren Buffett Extends His Lead in Hedge Fund Wager

With three years remaining on a ten year $1 million bet, Buffett is sitting pretty to win it.

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Jack Bogle: Investing Outside The United States

Jack Bogle: Investing Outside The United States

“We still have plenty of problems, but we’re much better than France, Britain and Germany.”

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Oil Price Predictions Are Essentially Meaningless

Oil Price Predictions Are Essentially Meaningless

“The most important thing I learned from my research was never to attempt to forecast the price of oil.”

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What Happened To The Australian Dollar?

What Happened To The Australian Dollar?

At first glance, AUNZ did not have great returns in 2014. But is that the whole story?

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Mailbag: Confused by Google And Yahoo Finance

Mailbag: Confused by Google And Yahoo Finance

Q&A: “I don’t understand how to explain what happened to the share price. What was going on in the fund?”

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What Is The Alternative To An Annuity?

Question hole

An immediate fixed annuity is not an investment; it is an insurance product.

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Radio: What Did Well in 2014 and What Might Happen in 2015

Old Radio

David John Marotta and radio host Rob Schilling discuss what did well in the market as well as the online security of investments.

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What Is The US Dollar Index?

What Is The US Dollar Index?

How is the change in the value of the dollar computed?

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Returns from the Countries with Economic Freedom

Freedom Countries - 2014 Returns

Freedom investing beat the EAFE Foreign index by 7.92% in 2014.

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2014 Returns for Our 6 Asset Classes

6 Asset Classes - 2014 Returns

When asset classes are not correlated that means they often move in different directions.

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Does Past Performance Have Anything To Do With Future Results?

Does Past Performance Have Anything To Do With Future Results?

Is there a correlation which would justify talking about “the momentum of the markets”?

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One-Fund Investing

Old Globe

Either of these funds would be a good choice for a one-fund investment if you really want to keep it simple, and you could invest in both of them if you want a two-fund strategy.

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Does Market Volatility Cause Post-Traumatic Stress?

Does Market Volatility Cause Post-Traumatic Stress?

The best antidote to the stress of market volatility is to understand that the markets are inherently volatile.

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Guess What Statistic Has The Highest Correlation With The S&P 500?

Guess What Statistic Has The Highest Correlation With The S&P 500?

David Leinweber calls this technique, “torturing the data until it screams.”

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Marotta’s 2015 Gone-Fishing Portfolio

Fog Fishing

A gone-fishing portfolio keeps investing simple.

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