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Take More Risk in Life And Less in Investing

How will you spend your tolerance for risk? Tim Maurer, Director of Personal Finance, The BAM Alliance “I just really wish I’d taken more risk in my investment portfolio,” said no one–ever–on their deathbed. That may seem like an odd observation, unless you consider the fact that I had the privilege of spending a couple…

Estate Planning Includes Preparing Your Heirs

Larry Swedroe explains how to build a successful family wealth transfer plan. Larry Swedroe, Director of Research, The BAM Alliance Prepare your assets for transition to your heirs, but also prepare your heirs to receive your assets. Larry Swedroe explains why the success of an estate plan may depend on preparing families for the transfer…

Persistent Returns for Active Managers Remain Elusive

Outperforming active funds rarely manage to repeat their success. Larry Swedroe, Director of Research, The BAM Alliance Since 2002, S&P Dow Jones Indices has published its biannual S&P Indices Versus Active (SPIVA) scorecards, which compare the performance of actively managed equity funds to their appropriate index benchmarks. Its midyear reports focus on the question of…

The Perils of Owning Individual Stocks

Hope vs. wisdom and investors’ failure to diversify. Larry Swedroe, Director of Research, The BAM Alliance Individual stock ownership offers both the hope of great returns (finding the next Google, for instance) and the potential for disastrous results (ending up with the next Lehman). Because investors are not compensated for taking the risk that their…

Europe’s SPIVA Results Are Nothing New

Larry Swedroe breaks down Europe’s SPIVA results to show active strategies aren’t likely to outperform. Larry Swedroe, Director of Research, The BAM Alliance Earlier this week, I provided some highlights of from the S&P Dow Jones Indices Versus Active (SPIVA) 2016 U.S. Scorecard. Today we’ll look at the SPIVA Europe Scorecard, which compares the performance of actively…

Hedge Funds Trail Equities

Larry Swedroe reviews how hedge funds have performed through the first quarter of 2017. Larry Swedroe, Director of Research, The BAM Alliance Hedge funds entered 2017 coming off their eighth-straight year of trailing U.S. stocks (as measured by the S&P 500 Index) by significant margins. And for the 10-year period ending 2016—one that included the…

SPIVA Survey Continues Passive Winning Streak

Larry Swedroe breaks down SPIVA Scorecard to show failure of active management’s ability to generate alpha. Larry Swedroe, Director of Research, The BAM Alliance 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 funds to their appropriate index benchmarks. For the…

An International Angle On Active Share

Larry Swedroe continues the case against active share as a source of meaningful outperformance. Larry Swedroe, Director of Research, The BAM Alliance Active share is hailed by some to be the holy grail in terms of its ability to identify future fund performance. My posts of April 24 and April 26 presented the evidence demonstrating that active share is…

Two New Books About Finance for the Average Investor

Larry Swedroe recommends two new books for the average investor. Larry Swedroe, Director of Research, The BAM Alliance There are few things I enjoy as much as reading the latest information that’s shared in the world of finance. Recently, I read two new books that I recommend to those who share my love of financial…

Financial Spring Cleaning: Life Insurance Audit

5 things to do to make sure your life insurance planning is on track. Tim Maurer, Director of Personal Finance, The BAM Alliance So much of the maintenance of our personal finances falls into the category of “boring, but important.” But when it comes to life insurance, our subconscious resistance to the topic is further…

Why Every Millennial Should Consider Funding a Roth IRA

Tim Maurer on why millennials should consider funding a Roth IRA. Much—too much—has been said and written about the relative superiority of Roth IRAs versus Traditional IRAs. The debate over which is better too often involves the technical numerical merits. In truth, the Roth wins in almost every situation because of its massive behavioral advantage: a…

An Integrated Investment Plan Is Key

A sound investment plan isn’t the only way to find financial security. Earlier this week, we looked at the importance of incorporating different types of risk—specifically, human capital risk—into an overall financial plan. Today I will focus on mortality and longevity risk, and using “tax alpha” strategies to improve the odds of achieving your financial goals….

Understanding Different Types of Risks

Larry Swedroe on the importance of integrating all risks (not only the investment kind) into an overall financial plan. Larry Swedroe, Director of Research, The BAM ALLIANCE Harry Markowitz received the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences in 1990 for his contributions to the body of work known as “modern portfolio theory.” Probably his greatest contribution…

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