Annuities…The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Too often, I’ve heard this all-too-familiar story. A client brings in an annuity policy to review, either for themselves or a family member. They bought it to create a steady annual flow of income on later life, as insurance against unexpected longevity. But what we see is a jaw-dropping set of numbers that reveal poor […]

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Topics: Advice, Investing

An Integrated Investment Plan Is Key

Earlier this week, we looked at the importance of incorporating different types of risk—specifically, human capital risk—into an overall financial plan. Today I will focus on mortality and longevity risk, and using “tax alpha” strategies to improve the odds of achieving your financial goals. Mortality Risk For those families whose human capital makes up a substantial […]

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Topics: Investing, Investment Strategy

Europe’s SPIVA Results Are Nothing New

Earlier this week, I provided some highlights of from the S&P Dow Jones Indices Versus Active (SPIVA) 2016 U.S. Scorecard. Today we’ll look at the SPIVA Europe Scorecard, which compares the performance of actively managed equity funds to their appropriate index benchmarks. The year-end 2016 Scorecard provides us with 10-year data. While not surprising to those familiar […]

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Topics: Advice, Investing, Market Insights

SPIVA Survey Continues Passive Winning Streak

Since 2002, S&P Dow Jones Indices has published its S&P Indices Versus Active (SPIVA) Scorecards, which compare the performance of actively managed equity funds to their appropriate index benchmarks. For the first time, the year-end 2016 U.S. Scorecard includes 15 years of data. The longer time horizon provides us with a more complete measure of the effectiveness […]

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Political Biases Can Impact Your Investing

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it […]

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Topics: Advice, Investing, Investor Behavior

Don’t Be Distracted By Gold’s Glitter

Perhaps fueled by the election of Donald Trump, once again we are hearing and reading stories about investors flocking to gold as both a safe haven and an inflation hedge. I’ve also noted an increase in the number of commercials promoting gold as a way to protect the value of your investments. With that in […]

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Lessons from 2016

Every year, the market provides us with some important lessons on prudent investment strategy. Many times, the market will offer investors remedial courses, covering lessons that it has already delivered in previous years. That’s why one of my favorite sayings is that there’s nothing new in investing—there’s only investment history you don’t yet know. Last […]

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Topics: Advice, Investing, Investment Strategy

What 2016 Taught Us About Investing

Investing is a pursuit best liberated from short-term analysis that tends to mislead more than edify. But 2016 was one of those rare years that provided a lifetime’s worth of education in a brief period. Here are the three big investing lessons of 2016 that can be applied to good effect over the long term: […]

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Advanced Planning

Wealth management works hand in hand with portfolio management, adding value beyond the importance of a prudent investment philosophy. The experience begins with crafting a holistic plan designed to help you in achieving your vision of financial success. That customized plan should address financial objectives, values related to money, concerns that keep you up at […]

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Topics: Advice, Investing, Investor Behavior