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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 they…

Larry Swedroe on Bloomberg’s ETF IQ: Shrinking Pool of Investors Hits Active Investing

Larry Swedroe talks to Bloomberg ETF IQ host Scarlet Fu in an interview that tackles topics ranging from the Yale endowment to passive fixed income funds and the hurdles facing active managers. Diversify broadly across unique sources of risk and return, Larry Swedroe tells Bloomberg ETF IQ host Scarlet Fu in an interview that tackles…

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…

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….

Mutual Fund Ratings and “Category Kings”

Larry Swedroe explores how awarding star ratings and crowning “category kings” can influence investor (and manager) decisions. To date, an overwhelming body of academic research (including on active share as a predictor) has demonstrated that a mutual fund’s past performance not only fails to guarantee its future performance (as the required SEC disclaimer states), but…

Does Past Performance Matter?

Larry Swedroe tackles new evidence showing that hiring recently outperforming managers and firing recently underperforming ones remains a losing strategy. Despite most investors’ belief that past performance matters, a large body of academic research has found little-to-no evidence that more managers than would be randomly expected persistently outperform the market on a risk-adjusted basis. While…

Discipline Is Critical to Successful Investing

Will disciplined value investing be rewarded long term? Larry Swedroe on the evidence, and current stock valuations. Having a well-thought-out investment plan is the necessary condition for successful investing. However, it’s not sufficient. The sufficient condition is having the discipline to stay the course during the virtually inevitable periods when a strategy underperforms. That, of…

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