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Persistence Among Active Funds Is Hard To Come By

New report, same old story. Larry Swedroe unpacks highlights from the most recent SPIVA scorecard that offer still more powerful evidence of active management’s continued failure to persistently outperform. Since 2002, S&P Dow Jones Indices has published its biannual Indices Versus Active (SPIVA) reports, which compare the performance of actively managed equity funds to their appropriate index…

Maintaining a Globally Diversified Portfolio

Given their long underperformance relative to U.S. stocks, some investors may be questioning whether it makes sense to own international equities. Jared Kizer looks at five reasons why you should remain committed to a globally diversified approach. Since the financial crisis of 2008, U.S. equities have earned substantially higher returns than international equities. Ken French’s…

Mutual Fund Benchmark Discrepancies Can Fool Investors

Some active mutual funds have prospectus benchmarks that understate risk and, thus, overstate relative performance. Larry Swedroe unpacks a study that explores how such funds benefit from that overstatement at investors’ expense. Evaluating the performance of actively managed mutual funds generally involves comparing a product’s results with some passive benchmark (the SEC requires that funds…

Is a Million Bucks Enough to Retire?

Tim Maurer offers a simple retirement stress test and asks what is perhaps the better question: What number works for you? “Wow, those guys must be millionaires!” I can recall uttering those words as a child, driving by the nicest house in our neighborhood—you know, the one with four garages filled with cars from Europe. The…

The Financial Perils of Old Age

Failing to properly plan for the costs associated with aging can have dire consequences for the retirement you envision. Larry Swedroe unpacks a resource to help investors navigate the many financial aspects of elder and long-term care. In planning for retirement, most people—and their advisors—consider issues such as: How much savings will be needed to…

Does Active Management Pay in Bond Markets?

Larry Swedroe examines a new study that highlights the negative relationship between activity and performance in bond funds. Does it pay to be active in fixed-income markets? To help answer that question, Martin Rohleder, chair of Finance and Banking at the University of Augsburg, examined the performance of active fund managers in his December 2017…

The Four Horsemen of Your Portfolio

When it comes to secure retirement, today’s investors face some major hurdles. Larry Swedroe unpacks the threat, and offers some solutions to help improve financial outcomes. A common axiom is that those who fail to plan, plan to fail. And while most people would never start a business without a business plan, many investors manage…

Fixed Income Quick Take: In-State vs. Out-of-State Bonds

Fixed Income Advisor Steve Wiechel explains how the fixed income desk determines which is best for each individual client. In-state or out-of-state municipal bonds? Fixed Income Advisor Steve Wiechel explains how the fixed income desk determines which is best for each individual client.   By clicking on any of the links above, you acknowledge that…

Active Management Can’t Crack Inefficient Markets

Larry Swedroe unpacks the newly released year-end 2017 SPIVA report and its look at active management’s underwhelming performance. Since 2002, S&P Dow Jones Indices has published its S&P Indices Versus Active (SPIVA) scorecards, which compare the performance of actively managed equity mutual funds to their appropriate index benchmarks. The 2017 report includes 15 years of data. Following…

Value May Be Down, But It’s Not Out

Larry Swedroe concludes it’s premature to give up on the value factor, but also that its premium has only been earned by investors disciplined enough to stay the course through sometimes long periods of underperformance. As the director of research for Buckingham Strategic Wealth and The BAM Alliance, I’ve been getting lots of questions about…

Persistence Among Active Managers Remains Elusive

The latest SPIVA scorecard is out, and Larry Swedroe unpacks results that show persistence in performance beyond the randomly expected remains out of reach for active managers. Since 2002, S&P Dow Jones Indices has published its biannual Indices Versus Active (SPIVA) reports, which compare the performance of actively managed equity funds to their appropriate index benchmarks….

Active Management Fails in Fixed Income

Larry Swedroe explains why active bond fund managers not only fail to outperform, but may also offer investors only the illusion of portfolio diversification. There is a myth that active bond fund managers want and need you to believe. It goes something like this: “Sure, active stock picking isn’t likely to work, but in fixed…

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