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Belling the Cat – Using research to time markets

 Sometimes even the best of ideas are only good in theory because they are impossible to implement in practice.  This holds true to the financial world as well. Academic financial research generates hundreds of research papers each year highlighting potential ways for investors to get a possible insight on the direction of the stock market.  Many […]

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DFA Portfolio Design

Ken French is a member of the Board of Directors of Dimensional Fund Advisors LP (DFA), and provides consulting services to the firm.  In this conversation with DFA Chairman  and Co-Chief Executive Officer  David Booth,  Ken provides insight on how Dimensional designs their various investment portfolios.  The portfolio design delivers the specific market exposure while reducing […]

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The Incredible Power of the Capital Markets

The power of free capital markets can be hard to understand.  Often,  people believe incorrectly that there needs to be a central governing power in order to overcome the human challenges as they occur. However, when people (and their capital markets) are able to work to improve their own lives, they are able to overcome the challenges […]

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Investing Like a Bee

What can a hive teach us about playing the market? Plenty, if you know where to look for industriousness, dedication and a clear message delivery. First, I hate bees. I’m highly allergic and after a life-threatening sting sent me to the hospital, I endured shots for the past seven years to insure that I can […]

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The Future of Global Trade

The future of global trade is bright.  Another sign of the continuing growth of global trade appeared recently at a dock at the port of Bayonne, New Jersey.  On June 26, 2016, the long-awaited expansion of the Panama Canal was completed.  The expansion was necessary in order to accommodate so-called mega-ships.  These mega-ships are able to […]

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GDP Growth and Equity Returns

Recent headlines discuss “disappointing” gains in the U.S. GDP (Gross Domestic Product).  The Gross Domestic Product or GDP is a measure of all of the services and goods produced in a country over a specific period, classically a year.  The GDP had a limited gain in the 2nd quarter 2016 of 1.2%.  Many investors look […]

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Research Integrity: DFA Video

It’s amazing what you can accomplish when you do not care who gets the credit. Harry Truman Why is credit (the receiving of it) important? Even if it is your idea, would you rather be right, or get the idea implemented?  How much do you value your pride? Fortunately, at our investment partner Dimensional Fund Advisors (DFA), the […]

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Commerce in an Internet Minute

While we all use the internet for our daily lives, the grand scale of human activity which occurs on the internet each day is hard to comprehend.  The graph highlights what happens in an “internet minute” in 2016.  The pace will only grow in the coming decades.   Several items to note:  Several of these companies […]

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Hollywood and Wall Street

Hollywood is at it again.  It seems the financial services industry is a favorite topic for Hollywood writers who discuss the spectacular failures of trust that have occurred in the industry.  While these failures certainly make for good movies and television, there are many in the industry who provide a tremendous benefit to their clients and […]

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Will saving poor children lead to overpopulation?

This post contains two short videos from Hans Rosling who is  is a Swedish medical doctor, academic, statistician, and public speaker. He is the Professor of International Health at Karolinska Institute, a medical university in Stockholm, Sweden, and is one of the largest and most prestigious medical universities in the world. In this 3 minute video, he discusses […]

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