July 1, 2015

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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How to Get Out of Debt: Monitor and Adjust

Driftwood on the Beach

Real life rarely goes according to plan. Set aside time periodically to assess your progress.

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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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Radio: Knowing When to Realize Capital Gains

Old Radio

David Marotta was interviewed on the radio discussing how to figure out know when to realize capital gains and how much to realize when you do.

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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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How to Get Out of Debt: Implement Your Plan

Group Trekking Through Sand

Now that you know where you are headed and the steps you want to take to get out of debt, it is time to take action!

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A Guide to Your W-4

A Guide to Your W-4

All new employees have to fill out form W-4, but despite its ubiquity, most people don’t understand it.

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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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How to Get Out of Debt: Make a Plan

Chairs in the Desert

To get out of debt, you need an emergency cushion, a budget, and a plan of attack.

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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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How to Get Out of Debt: Assess Your Situation

Desert Stormclouds

Make a list of all your debt and figure out where your money is going every month.

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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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How to Get Out of Debt: Recognize the Problem

Sun Blasts Dunes

Most people are comfortable with having some debt (like a mortgage, for example). But how much is too much?

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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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Radio: Employment Tips for Recent Grads

UVA Grad

David John Marotta and Megan Russell were interviewed on the radio discussing ways recent graduates can make themselves more attractive to employers in today’s tough job market.

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Free eBooks for Lovers of Classic Literature

Free eBooks for Lovers of Classic Literature

If you’re not wedded to the idea of owning a hard copy, there are many options to find classics for free as ebooks.

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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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How to Get Jobs for “Unemployable” Degrees

How to Get Jobs for "Unemployable" Degrees

The list of jobs for a History major seems quite short: Historian and Historic Preservation come quickly, then maybe Politics, if you think particularly hard about it.

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A Golden Nugget from the Berkshire Hathaway’s Golden Anniversary

A Golden Nugget from the Berkshire Hathaway's Golden Anniversary

This year’s golden nugget goes to Buffett’s definition of risk.

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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 A’s of Government (2012 Budget)

The A's of Government (2012 Budget)

This is a complete list of the budgets and purposes of the federal agencies that begin with the letter A.

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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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Radio Interview: Ideas for Success

Rocket Flight

David John Marotta was recently interviewed on radio 1070 WINA’s Schilling Show discussing success, and how to structure your life for greater chances of success.

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Can I Contribute to a Roth IRA?

Fountain in Springtime

How do you know if you can contribute to a Roth IRA? See this flowchart for answers.

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Why Liberals Should Hate Real Estate Taxes

Why Liberals Should Hate Real Estate Taxes

Taxes hurt ordinary folks before the extraordinary ones, and it can hurt them badly.

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Three Insights About Bad 401(k) Plans From Recent Lawsuit

Three Insights About Bad 401(k) Plans From Recent Lawsuit

“America’s leader in financial planning” is ill-serving its own employees.

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Branding, Marketing, and Selling: An Interview with Scott Deming

Branding, Marketing, and Selling: An Interview with Scott Deming

Branding is so much more important than advertising.

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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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Best Credit Card for 2015

Best Credit Card for 2015

We are not normally fans of credit card offerings, but this one might be worth using as your primary card.

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How to Be a Good Executor

boxwood hedge maze

You’ve been named the executor of a relative’s will – now what?

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Investors Greatly Undervalue Safeguarding Their Money

Investors Greatly Undervalue Safeguarding Their Money

Ten principles of safeguarding your money applied to the latest investment scandal.

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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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How Do I Structure My Accounts for Automatic Savings?

Inside Umbrella

Often the needs and wants of the present take our attention at the expense of the future. You want a system that will prioritize saving without needing your constant attention.

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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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Tax by Fiat: Legacy of Alexander Hamilton

Tax by Fiat: Legacy of Alexander Hamilton

Hamilton, like our current president, sees people as temporary holders of wealth until such time as the government decides to expand.

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Radio: Twelve Tax Planning Agenda Items To Do Before April 15

birds in snowstorm

It is better to do tax planning all throughout the year, but here are 12 things to do (or plan to do in the coming year) before April 15.

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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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Tax by Fiat: Legacy of James Wilson

Tax by Fiat: Legacy of James Wilson

The arguments for greater government power have always been the same.

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Preparing Your “Digital Estate” – Hardware and Digital Property

Preparing Your "Digital Estate:" Hardware and Digital Property

You probably have dozens of online accounts and possibly hundreds of dollars of digital property. What happens to it when you die?

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Vanguard Sends A Letter To Directors, Will A Stick Follow?

Vanguard Sends A Letter To Directors, Will A Stick Follow?

A board of directors is supposed to be accountable to the shareholders but sometimes they need a reminder.

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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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