Jack Bogle: Investing Outside The United States
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“We still have plenty of problems, but we’re much better than France, Britain and Germany.”

What Does It Mean To Be A Fee-Only Fiduciary?
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Most investors are not aware of an important separation in the professionals of the financial services industry.

Twitter’s Reign of Terror
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“They find whatever is different and peck it to death.”

Mailbag: Is There An Advantage For Me To Do A Roth Conversion?
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My wife and I are 65 years old and I am newly retired. Is there any advantage in doing a Roth conversion this year?

Oil Price Predictions Are Essentially Meaningless
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“The most important thing I learned from my research was never to attempt to forecast the price of oil.”

“Citizenfour” Reminds Us We Should Still Be Outraged
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The domestic spying of the executive branch deserves our outrage. Efforts like “Citizenfour” that keep the issue in the public eye deserve our support.

What Happened To The Australian Dollar?
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At first glance, AUNZ did not have great returns in 2014. But is that the whole story?

Mailbag: Confused by Google And Yahoo Finance
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Q&A: “I don’t understand how to explain what happened to the share price. What was going on in the fund?”

Three Reasons To Engage In Gift Giving
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The new holiday cliché is to complain about hyper-materialism, but gifts and gift giving help shape our identities.

The President’s Impact
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Obama evidently believes that politicians are elected to make a difference in the lives of Americans. The problem is that no one can opt out of a federal impact.

What Is The Alternative To An Annuity?
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An immediate fixed annuity is not an investment; it is an insurance product.

Wealth Redistribution and the Most Social President
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The loudest tend to drown out competitors regardless of whose reasoning is better.

Video: My Experience with The Drudge Report
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A short documentary film showing how the media thrives on misleading headlines.

Radio: What Did Well in 2014 and What Might Happen in 2015
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David John Marotta and radio host Rob Schilling discuss what did well in the market as well as the online security of investments.

One Hidden Way the IRS Hurts the Bereaved
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It is often said that the only two certainties in life are death and taxes. The IRS takes that truism to heart.

The Success of Freedom Investing
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It is a simple thought experiment. Would you rather invest in South Korea or in North Korea?

What Is The US Dollar Index?
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How is the change in the value of the dollar computed?

Fiduciary Fight Part 5: Lobbyists Won’t Help
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“We’d be fools to underestimate their tenacity and creativity when it comes to protecting their executive bonus pools.”

Returns from the Countries with Economic Freedom
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Freedom investing beat the EAFE Foreign index by 7.92% in 2014.

2014 Returns for Our 6 Asset Classes
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When asset classes are not correlated that means they often move in different directions.

Understanding Cash Flow Is Critical
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Regardless of income level, overspending causes poverty.

Does Past Performance Have Anything To Do With Future Results?
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Is there a correlation which would justify talking about “the momentum of the markets”?

Fiduciary Fight Part 4: Fiduciary Oath
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“Take a version of this fiduciary oath to the brokers down the street and ask them to sign it. If they refuse, ask why.”

The Delirious Happiness of Free Market Choice
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Here is one of the most brilliant breakthroughs in all of food science and how it relates to almost every aspect of life.

Does Market Volatility Cause Post-Traumatic Stress?
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The best antidote to the stress of market volatility is to understand that the markets are inherently volatile.

Fiduciary Fight Part 3: Distinguish Between Brokers And Advisors
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I love that Bob Veres thinks that labeling someone as a broker or advisor would help bring clarity. It shows his optimism.

Guess What Statistic Has The Highest Correlation With The S&P 500?
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David Leinweber calls this technique, “torturing the data until it screams.”

Marotta’s 2015 Gone-Fishing Portfolio
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A gone-fishing portfolio keeps investing simple.

Marotta’s 2014 Gone-Fishing Portfolio Review
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A review of last year’s 2014 gone fishing portfolio returns.

Marotta’s 2015 Gone-Fishing Portfolio Calculator
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A gone-fishing portfolio has a limited number of investments with a balanced asset allocation that should do well with dampened volatility.

Jorge Posada And Jose Contreras Failed To Safeguard Their Finances
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Their attorney, New York-based Barry Lax, says the two ballplayers are the latest professional athletes abused by predatory financial advisors.

Obama Acts Like a Mob Boss, But There Is a Solution
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A mob boss exercises absolute control over his many followers and profits from the often criminal activities of his organization.

Radio: The Rising Debt of College Education
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David John Marotta and Rob Schilling discussed the ways current policy makes college more unaffordable, and what students and parents can do about it.

Fiduciary Fight Part 2: Additional Congressional Regulatory Oversight Can’t Be Trusted
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Congress cannot protect you from the financial sharks who contribute to their campaigns, but they may protect the sharks.

Ken Elzinga
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Kenneth G. Elzinga. Ken is both a nationally renowned economist as well as a locally celebrated professor here in Charlottesville at the University of Virginia.

Contact Lens Regulations Cost Consumers Billions
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It is illegal to sell contacts in the United States without requiring a prescription. A Federal Trade Commission regulation provides penalties of up to $11,000 per violation.

Inversion Is The Latest Corporate Tax-Cutting Strategy
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The United States is the only country that imposes a tax on all income the company makes whether it is earned within or outside the country.

Interviews And Articles With Ken Elzinga
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“Markets have made possible the prospect of the bulk of an economy’s population not being poor and oppressed.”

Fiduciary Fight Part 1: The Fight Over The Fiduciary Label
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The fight is on! Everyone wants to be known as a fiduciary, but not everyone deserves the title.

Interview with Ken Elzinga by Marotta On Money
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Ken Elzinga writes the popular Henry Spearman mystery novels under the pen name of Marshal Jevons. We caught up with Professor Elzinga for the following interview.

How Not to Promote College Innovation
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These noble-sounding goals intuitively appear useful, but the federal government has only two ways to encourage change and neither of them helps in this case.

The Mystery Of The Invisible Hand
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Read an excerpt from Ken Elzinga’s latest Henry Spearman mystery novel.

November 2014 Returns for Our 6 Asset Classes
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Here are the returns for our six Asset Classes from November 2014.

August – October 2014 Returns for Our 6 Asset Classes
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Here are the returns for our six Asset Classes from August 2014 – October 2014.

Radio: Charlottesville Real Estate
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David John Marotta appeared on the radio discussing Charlottesville real estate, interest rates, and how you should not let a daunting pile of mortgage paperwork stop you from purchasing a home.

How To Buy A College Degree
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Unfortunately, Obama’s good intentions are thwarted by the economic principle formulated by banker Charles Goodhart.

What Investors Really Want
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“In reflecting on our experiences as advisers and investors, we’ve come up with what we believe are the key and often unspoken wants and needs of our investors.”

The Economics of a Thanksgiving Turkey
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The average factory-farmed frozen turkey from a grocery story is sold for as little as $0.67 per pound. Economics can offer five explanations.

Five Principles Of Spending
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How to judge if your money was well spent.

Ten Red Flags Of Emails Trying To Steal Your Identity
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Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.

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