One of the more common investing myths is the idea that indexing is necessarily “average”.¹ It makes sense at first. If you bought all of the stocks in the market [ … ]
Bonds have always struck me as fairly simple instruments. In general, you know what a (high quality) bond’s return will be and you know what its time horizon is. That [ … ]
Here are a few things we know about the financial markets: Beating the market or obtaining “alpha” (excess return) is extremely difficult as evidenced by the annual SPIVA Scorecards. Alpha [ … ]
Should we pursue appropriate portfolios or optimal portfolios?
If I had to pinpoint the biggest problem for most asset allocators I would probably say short-termism. Short-termism is the tendency to judge financial markets in periods that are so short [ … ]
Here’s Josh Brown with a good piece on dividends. He asks, “are we too obsessed with dividend income?” Tricky question, but I would tend to answer by saying that, when we [ … ]
My newest research paper, Understanding Modern Portfolio Construction, is available on SSRN. This paper is the culmination of years of work and I consider it to be the most important piece of research I’ve published.
Vanguard has a timely reminder for investors – “cost is the new performance”.¹ We’ve entered a new era in the asset management business. The era of low fees. We now [ … ]
It’s that time of year when everyone starts preparing for the New Year and Wall Street makes its 2016 predictions. I’ll get right to the point here – these annual predictions [ … ]