Diversification has been called the only free lunch in investing. This idea is based on research showing that diversification, through a combination of assets like stocks and bonds, could reduce volatility without reducing expected return or increase expected return without increasing volatility … [Read more...] about Alternative Reality – Do Alternatives help investors?
This guest post was written by David Booth, Executive Chairman and Founder of Dimensional Fund Advisors. David discusses the lessons from 2019 that investors can apply to … [Read more...] about The Market Has No Memory
The year 2019 served up many examples of the unpredictability of markets. Interest rates that US policy makers expected to rise fell instead. American consumers’ confidence weakened as the year began,1 and news headlines broadcast fears of an economic slowdown. But investors who moved onto the … [Read more...] about Hindsight Is 20/20. Foresight Isn’t.
The first decade of the 21st century, and the second one that’s drawing to a close, have reinforced for investors some timeless market lessons: Returns can vary sharply from one period to another. Holding a broadly diversified portfolio can help smooth out the swings. And focusing on known drivers … [Read more...] about A Tale of Two Decades: Lessons for Long‑Term Investors
I came to America as an 8-year old refugee from the Vietnam War, along with my five brothers, my parents, and my grandmother. My parents were broken in spirit, but still retained enough pride to refuse food stamps and welfare assistance from our new homeland. They reminded us often that we have the … [Read more...] about Asian Philosophy and Retirement Planning
The week before I walked across the stage to receive my college diploma, I sat through an optional one-hour seminar on how to manage my student loans after graduation. I was handed a single sheet of paper with only three pieces of information on it: my name, my anticipated 1989 graduation date, and … [Read more...] about Financial Literacy – The new core curriculum for New Jersey middle schools