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‘Passive’ Market Efficiency Works

Over the past few decades, there has been a substantial shift from active to passive investment strategies. Larry Swedroe unpacks new research into its potential repercussions for liquidity, volatility and market efficiency. Over the past few decades, there has been a substantial shift from active to passive investment strategies. Active strategies give managers discretion to…

Active Management’s Impact on Returns and Volatility

After unpacking new research into how expense ratios and turnover impact returns and their dispersion, Larry Swedroe explores how the study’s findings inform what we know about active mutual funds, active share, and volatility. A vast body of research provides powerful evidence of the failure of active management to generate persistent alpha (risk-adjusted outperformance). For…

Does Money Buy Happiness?

Behavioral research has found that happiness tends to increase along with income—up to a point. Larry Swedroe looks at why understanding how wealth affects happiness can play such an important role in retirement planning. There’s a cliché that money can’t buy happiness. Is that true? Thanks to research from Nobel Prize-winning economist Daniel Kahneman and…

R.I.P. Book Value?

Using book value to sort stocks into value and growth categories has come under assault. Given the questions this may raise, Jared Kizer explores whether price/book as a value measure truly is discernibly inferior to other common metrics. If you’re familiar with factor investing, you’re likely aware that value investing, particularly in the U.S. market,…

Index Investing’s Market Impact

In a look at the latest literature, Larry Swedroe unpacks new research into the impact that the rise of passive investing has had on securities lending, which plays an important role in stock market efficiency. Over the past few decades, there has been a substantial shift from active to passive investment strategies. The shift has…

Qualified Plan Loans

2019 – 04/24 In an Information Letter, the IRS advised that, while the U.S. tax code imposes certain requirements on qualified employer plans that offer loans to participants, such plans don’t have to offer loans at all. And even if they do, they may restrict the loans to certain situations, such as “hardships.” The IRS…

The Risk Warrior

In the most recent Investment Advisor cover story, Janet Levaux sits down with Larry Swedroe to get his latest thinking on asset allocation and portfolio diversification. Janet Levaux, editor-in-chief with Investment Advisor, sits down with Larry Swedroe to get his latest thinking on asset allocation and portfolio diversification. Find it on InvestmentAdvisorDigital.com By clicking on…

Evidence-Based Investing Captures What Traditional Indexing Leaves Behind

Accepting tracking error risk and integrating evidence-based investing within your philosophy, you’re able to take advantage of what indexing brings to the table. Ryan Jennings highlights a few areas where this approach can capture what traditional indexing leaves behind. Prior to joining Buckingham Strategic Wealth, I worked with institutional clients educating them and supporting their…

Preparing Yourself for the ‘Retirement Apocalypse’ 

Is there a ‘Retirement Apocalypse’ approaching? Larry Swedroe talks with Scarlet Fu on Bloomberg TV about the four issues investors nearing retirement are facing and the argument for passive vs. active management. Is there a ‘Retirement Apocalypse’ approaching? Larry Swedroe talks with Scarlet Fu on Bloomberg TV about the four issues investors nearing retirement are…

2018’s Active Vs. Index Scorecard

New report, same old story. Larry Swedroe unpacks highlights from the most recent SPIVA scorecard that offer still more powerful evidence of active management’s continued failure to persistently outperform. Since 2002, S&P Dow Jones Indices has published its S&P Indices Versus Active (SPIVA) Scorecard, which compares the performance of actively managed equity mutual funds to…

InFocus:  Retirement View

In financial services, retirement, ironically, is the topic that never gets old. But there is good reason for that—it’s an inevitable financial milestone for us one way or the other. How we look at retirement may have everything to do with how successful we are at planning for it AND enjoying it when the time…

The Basics of a Spend-Down Strategy

For a more secure retirement, think larger than simply trying to pay the least amount in taxes each year. Wealth Advisor Bill Morgan outlines the process for building an overarching spend-down strategy designed to minimize taxes over a lifetime. Almost every client we talk with emphasizes one primary, overriding goal: having enough money in retirement….

Tale Of 2 Stock Markets

There is clear evidence the political climate affects investors’ views of the economy and the stock market. Larry Swedroe encourages investors to separate political affiliations from investment decisions. The fourth quarter of 2018 was a pretty miserable one for investors, with the S&P 500 Index losing 13.5%. And it was looking a lot worse on…

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