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May 09

The Uncommon Average: Long-Term Context on Annual Returns

The US stock market has delivered an average annual return of around 10% since 1926. But short-term results may vary, and in any given period stock returns can be positive, negative, or flat. When setting expectations, it’s helpful to see the...

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Mar 13

Getting to the Point of a Point

A quick online search for “Dow rallies 500 points” yields a cascade of news stories with similar titles, as does a similar search for “Dow drops 500 points.” These types of headlines may make little sense, given that a “point” for the Dow and...

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Mar 06

Déjà Vu All Over Again

Investment fads are nothing new. When selecting strategies for their portfolios, investors are often tempted to seek out the latest and greatest investment opportunities.
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Jan 03

The Flat-Out Truth

When Stocks are Volatile, People Tend to Get More Curios About Bonds

Let's start with a yield curve, and why investors are interested in its shape. A yield curve gives a snapshot of how yields vary across bonds of similar credit quality, but... read more →
Sep 19

Learn the ABCs of Education Investing

With school back in session in most of the country, many parents are likely thinking about how best to prepare for their children’s future college expenses. Now is a good time to sharpen your pencil for a few important lessons to help tackle the...

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Aug 22

Where’s the Value?

From 1928–2017 the value premium[1] in the US had a positive annualized return of approximately 3.5%.[2] In seven of the last 10 calendar years, however, the value premium in the US has been negative.

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Aug 08

What You Pay, What You Get: the Price and Expected Returns Junction

It has been more than 50 years since the idea of stock prices containing all relevant information was put forth. Information might come in the form of data from a company’s financial statements, news about a new product, a change in the...

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Jun 04

The Impact of Inflation

When the prices of goods and services increase over time, consumers can buy fewer of them with every dollar they have saved.

This erosion of the real purchasing power of wealth is called inflation. Inflation is an important element of investing....

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May 02

Behavioral Bias A to Z: Conclusion

We’ll end today where we started, with our original premise:  Behavioral bias in finance can have disastrous and costly consequences. Knowing ourselves and having an outside advisor can be essential to seeing through your biases.

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Apr 23

Doing Well and Doing Good?

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