Tim Maurer on the irony (or not) of fiduciaries supporting a fiduciary rule. The Trump administration’s move to delay implementation of the Department of Labor’s fiduciary rule has inspired me to delay implementation of my commitment to remain silent on matters of public policy and politics. It’s that important. It seems pretty obvious that those… Read More
Larry Swedroe checks the research on socially responsible vs. “vice” investing. Socially responsible investing (SRI) has been referred to as “double-bottom-line” investing. The implication is that investors are seeking not only profitable investments, but investments that meet their personal standards. For instance, some investors don’t want their money to support companies that sell tobacco products,… Read More
Manisha Thakor brings Buckingham’s Steve Weiss on the MoneyZen Podcast to discuss some of the ins and outs of Social Security. Manisha Thakor brings Buckingham’s Steve Weiss on the MoneyZen Podcast to discuss some of the ins and outs of Social Security, including strategies for claiming benefits and optimizing them to fit your life and financial… Read More
Feedback on investment decisions helps improve investor performance: Larry Swedroe unpacks the research. It’s been well documented that, on average, retail investors are “dumb” money. For example, on average, the stocks they buy go on to underperform, and the stocks they sell go on to outperform. Sadly, investors even manage to underperform the very mutual… Read More
Turns out the “smart money” often isn’t. Larry Swedroe on who, exactly, exploits market anomalies. Institutional investors are generally considered “smart money” that exploits the behavioral biases of “dumb” retail money. However, there have been some holes poked in that idea recently. For instance, Roger Edelen, Ozgur Ince and Gregory Kadlec, authors of the study… Read More
Larry Swedroe compiles his list of financial predictions to watch for the year. Every year, I like to keep track of the predictions “gurus” and other market observers make for the upcoming year, specifically the ones they say are “sure things.” It seems like no one in the financial media holds them accountable (which is… Read More
For some, fiduciary is just a headline. For us, “It’s who we are.” The word fiduciary has been in the news a lot of late, from Wall Street to Washington, but it’s a word that has always been part of our daily dialogue. Advisors who act as fiduciaries, as we do, are legally required to put the… Read More
Diseconomies of scale and their impact on active manager performance. There is a large body of overwhelming evidence that past performance is at best a poor predictor of active managers’ future performance. That is why the SEC requires that common and familiar disclaimer. There are many explanations for the difficulty that active managers face in… Read More
Larry Swedroe unpacks research on the impact that short-selling a firm’s stock can have on that company’s bond returns.
STL Today columnist Jim Gallagher enlists Larry Swedroe to discuss some reasons why investors shouldn’t trust market forecasts.