May 6, 2015

Investments

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

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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Marotta’s 2014 Gone-Fishing Portfolio Review

The fishes

A review of last year’s 2014 gone fishing portfolio returns.

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Marotta’s 2015 Gone-Fishing Portfolio Calculator

The fishes

A gone-fishing portfolio has a limited number of investments with a balanced asset allocation that should do well with dampened volatility.

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November 2014 Returns for Our 6 Asset Classes

November 2014 Returns -6 Asset Classes

Here are the returns for our six Asset Classes from November 2014.

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August – October 2014 Returns for Our 6 Asset Classes

6 Asset Classes - 8-10-14

Here are the returns for our six Asset Classes from August 2014 – October 2014.

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Bogle’s Best Advice: Don’t Peek

Don't Peek

When it comes to finances, just shut your eyes and keep them closed.

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If You Wouldn’t Buy It, Why Keep It?

Lego Shop

The stock market is one of the few places that when things go on sale we are less likely to want to buy.

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Should You Be Building Bond Ladders In This Lower Rate Environment?

Ladder from above

There was an interesting article by Joseph Lisanti in Financial Planning Magazine entitled, “Should You Be Building Bond Ladders?” which read in part: As with many strategies, laddering works best for clients with sufficient assets to benefit fully from it. “It is a tried-and-true strategy,” says Morris Armstrong of Armstrong Financial Strategies, an RIA in [...]

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Advisors Focus On Panic Prevention In Volatile Market

Panic Button

Our brains are not wired well for handling the fluctuations in the stock market. Could a financial advisor help?

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Active vs. Passive: Where Money’s Flowing

Fish flow

Here is the number one criteria you should use in your fund screen.

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How To Diversify Highly Appreciated Stock

Dog and Turtle

Exchange funds, also know as swap funds, can provide investors with one highly appreciated security a way to trade it for an equivalently valued but more diversified portfolio.

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Driving Emotions From Your Investment Process: A 12-Step Program

Brain Scan

Don’t let short term volatility ruin a brilliant long term investment strategy.

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What Asset Allocation Should I Have For My Schwab Donor Advised Fund?

Pie Chart

Keeping your donor advised fund invested could result in more benefit to the charities you support.

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AAII 2014

David John Marotta presenting

The articles associated with David John Marotta’s presentation at the DC Metro chapter of the American Association of Individual Investors.

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Style Box Annualized Returns For The Past Three Years

Morningstar 3-year stylebox returns 2014-08

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

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

Mutual Funds Scrabble

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

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Mailbag: What Is The One Fund Should I Invest In?

Rainbow Stars

Here’s how to earn a slow million.

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Why a Monkey Throwing Darts Could Boost Your Returns

Mandrills are the world's largest monkey.

Not aiming for where the money is should boost returns.

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The Efficient Frontier Of Investing

Blended Efficient Frontier

Many investors don’t appreciate asset allocation or understand intuitively how a diversified portfolio can exceed the sum of its parts.

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Freedom Investing Since 2000

Freedom Investing 2000-2016-06

Recently we did an analysis of the returns of the MSCI Country Specific Indexes

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The Wealth Of Nations Is Their Freedom

Berry Hard Work

“When institutions protect the liberty of individuals, greater prosperity results for all.” – Adam Smith

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