The Market Has No Memory

By David Booth Executive Chairman and Founder at Dimensional Fund Advisors I have worked in finance for over 50 years, and it seems that every January the same thing happens. Lots of folks look back at last year’s performance to draw conclusions they can use to predict what markets will do in the year to…

The Uncommon Average

May 2019 “I have found that the importance of having an investment philosophy—one that is robust and that you can stick with— cannot be overstated.” — David Booth The US stock market has delivered an average annual return of around 10% since 1926.[1] But short-term results may vary, and in any given period stock returns…

Revisiting the Benefits of International Diversification

Ever since the Great Financial Crisis of 2007-2008, when the correlation of all risky assets rose toward 1, investors have been hearing that because of globalization, the world has become flat and the benefits of diversification are gone. The explanation is generally that the world market has become more integrated and financial markets more globalized….

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