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A lot of people still have most of their portfolios in cash. They were scared by the market decline of 2008 and moved to cash. They’re waiting for the best time to invest. Even after stock indexes more than doubled, they’re still waiting. That’s why I like this post that argues against waiting for “the […]
Don’t expect 2014 to be a repeat of 2013. A key mistake people make with their finances is to expect the future to be like the best and especially for the future to be like the most recent past. It rarely works out that way. Take a look at these examples from Reuters. One of […]
The most difficult issues in retirement planning might be deciding how to spend your money and how to invest it during the spending years. One strategy that attracts people is know generally as the buckets strategy. This is when assign different amounts of your portfolio to different spending buckets and invest according to the bucket. […]
For a number of years, institutional investors have been cheerleaders for what is known as the “Yale model” of investing. Generally, this involves choosing asset classes other than basic stocks and bonds and also changing that allocation periodically to reflect changes in markets and the economy. The latest research, however, indicates that the Yale model […]
Recent market events challenge some traditional economic theory. When the Fed keeps interest rates low, that isn’t supposed to cause real long-term rates to rise. But it often does. The reason appears to be that investors need to seek higher yields to compensate for the low rates engineered by the Fed. Here’s a speech to […]
The financial crisis of 2008 had a long-term effect on America’s wealthy. Though they’ve recovered nicely from the crisis thanks to government policies that help them the most, many were on edge during the crisis. They realized they had too much debt, too many illiquid assets, and not enough cash. They’ve been reversing those trends […]
Jason Zweig’s been writing a column for The Wall Street Journal for a long time. In this edition he summarizes what he’s been trying to teach over the years. (Subscription might be required.) He summarizes it as saving investors from themselves. It’s a good piece, and includes much of what I try to teach in […]
A new study obtained data from a firm that consolidates information on a number of superwealthy families (average net worth is $90 million) and tabulated their holdings and trades. You can find a summary here (subscription might be required). The good things the rich do is they don’t trade much, invest in vehicles open only […]