Categories for Investor Discipline

The 60/40 Investment Debate

March 26, 2019 8:00 am

For decades, many individual and institutional investors have used a 60/40 asset allocation as common strategy for investing in stocks and bonds. This rule of thumb came from the work of two Nobel Prize winning economists, Harry Markowitz (1952) and Bill Sharpe (1964), and their contributions to modern portfolio theory continue to drive today’s innovation in finance. Since the dot.com... View Article

We All Love Investment Fads

February 20, 2019 10:00 am

Investment fads are nothing new. When selecting strategies for their portfolios, investors are often tempted to seek out the latest and greatest investment opportunities. Over the years, these approaches have sought to capitalize on developments such as the perceived relative strength of particular geographic regions, technological changes in the economy, or the popularity of different natural resources. But long-term investors should... View Article

Fourth Quarter 2018 Was So Much Fun

January 17, 2019 8:00 am

What did Fourth Quarter 2018 tell us about the future? Not much more than the rest of 2018 did. But in case you missed it, stocks around the globe experienced a significant decline during the quarter, a trend that began in October and accelerated rapidly in December. The downturn was widely attributed to the prospect of continued higher interest rates,... View Article

Did You Give Up on Diversification

December 20, 2018 8:00 am

Once again, the media and talking heads are back at it mourning over the recent “crash” in the stock market and how diversification doesn’t work. Many social outlets such as Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook are filled with many of our coworkers, friends and family predicting the next market downturn is just around the corner. They may be very right or... View Article

End of Year Personal Financial Planning

November 15, 2018 10:00 am

The end of the year presents a unique opportunity to look at your overall situation and take advantage of some personal financial planning. With factors like tax reform, life changes or just working towards your goals, now is an especially important time to review things. Taking what we now know about the new tax law and weaving together all of... View Article

Who Doesn’t Like Volatility

April 12, 2018 11:00 am

As we recap the first quarter of 2018, January saw the stock market continue its rapid surge upward, but the party did not last long on Wall Street. Volatility returned to the market in a significant way by the end of the month, and stocks have whipsawed up and down ever since. Not surprisingly, the media had their way with... View Article

Crystal Balls and Investor Behavior in 2018

January 18, 2018 9:00 am

As 2018 began, the major U.S. stock market indexes surged to yet another round of record highs. The first week of January saw the Nasdaq index top 7,000, the S&P 500 index clear the 2,700 mark, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average hit 25,000. Following this recent performance, some may ask what role investor behavior has had on portfolio returns.... View Article

Bitcoin, Blockchain, and Investor Discipline

December 15, 2017 8:00 am

As the author of this blog, and regardless of opinion, in full disclosure I feel its important to disclose that I do not own any Bitcoin in my portfolio. However, I do see the growing innovation in blockchain technology as something to keep a close eye on in the future. **** Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are receiving intense media coverage,... View Article

Is the Stock Market in Another Bubble?

October 12, 2017 9:00 am

Of all the questions we field from clients, prospects, friends and family – the question of whether we are in a bubble leads the way by far. There are two reasons why this question comes up so frequently these days. First, we are in the midst of a long-running bull market, one that has seen the major market indexes push... View Article

Asset Allocation for the Next Crisis

September 20, 2017 9:00 am

It will soon be the 10-year anniversary of when, in early October 2007, the S&P 500 Index hit what was its highest point before losing more than half its value over the next year and a half during the global financial crisis. Over the coming weeks and months, as other anniversaries of major crisis-related events pass (for example, 10 years... View Article