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Why Market Prediction Is Harder than You Think

Imagine The Wall Street Journal ran a contest for its subscribers in which each subscriber viewed 100 photos of various men and women. To participate in the contest, each subscriber must pick the six most attractive people. The subscriber that choses the photos voted for most often will win $1 Read more…

How to Build the Right Portfolio Benchmarks

A version of this article originally appeared on WSJ.com. Most people don’t know how to properly evaluate their financial advisor and overly rely on performance as the sole measurement of success. This is problematic because people tend to evaluate their portfolio over very short time horizons in Read more…

Don’t Predict. Plan.

People check their portfolios way too frequently, which increases their chances of seeing a loss. Losses aren’t necessarily a problem – in fact, they are a crucial part of a well-functioning market – but the emotions that losses invoke cause us to make mistakes. Read more…

Monsanto Employees, Here’s What to Do with Your Bayer Merger Payout

In the midst of any merger, it can be hard to see past the near term. Changes to organizational structure, culture, and roles and responsibilities are at the forefront of everyone’s minds. Read more…

Reduce Tax Liability with These Tips

The end of the year is an exciting time for most of us. Crisper weather, holiday celebrations, family time ... And year-end tax planning. What's not to love? Read more…

5 Things to Know in Case You Outlive Your Spouse

While women certainly seem to be taking a greater role in making household financial decisions, men still make the majority of them. The unfortunate reality is that women are much more likely to become widowed. In fact, more than 60 percent of women between the ages of 75 and 84 are single or Read more…

Democrats vs. Republicans: Who Is Better for the Stock Market?

Credit: AP Photo/Andrew Harnik Have you ever wondered whether the stock market does better when the President of the United States is a Republican or Democrat? Read more…

The Importance of a Fiduciary Standard of Care vs. Suitability

Today the Department of Labor released new rules regarding retirement savings advice.  We will post a more detailed analysis in the future, but today I want to explore the different standards in place and provide an initial reaction to the new rules. Read more…

The Failure of Active Management

For the past 11 years, the S&P Indices Versus Active (SPIVA) Scorecard has been the de facto scorekeeper of the active versus passive debate, and last month they released their mid-year update. Below is a graphic of active funds that failed to beat their respective index.  As you can see, the Read more…

Do It Yourself or Hire an Advisor?

A common dilemma that everyone faces at one time or another is the choice of whether to manage your own investment portfolio or hire the help of a financial professional. As an investment professional myself, I am biased towards seeking out help, but I’d like to share a story to help frame this Read more…