How I invested my first 10 years of savings, bonuses and 401(k)/IRA contributions and top 10 lessons learned

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Of all the habits I started early in my career, I would rank the habit of paying myself first, saving at least 10% of my income, saving rather than spending 100% of bonuses, and avoiding consumer debt as close to #1 as having paid off well and being well worth teaching my children and grandchildren. […]

Invest by Model or by Judgement? Join the #Buyside Debate @LipperLeaders @thomsonreuters

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Thomson Reuters advertised the question of whether predictive modeling or human judgement is more important to generating alpha by fund managers on the site BuysideDebate.com As of the time I cast my vote, opinions still seem evenly split, but with more conviction on the model side than the human judgement side (and I doubt that’s […]

Understanding the "Fiduciary Rule" and why investor education is so important

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Update on March 8th: Tony Robbins recently posted a video similarly emphasizing investor education on Investopedia. Last Friday, US President Donald Trump signed an executive order which may halt the planned application of the “fiduciary rule” to large numbers of financial advisors and product providers to retirement plans.  Opponents criticize this move as helping hide […]

Brief Review of @Motif Investing Platform

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This year, I started looking at the Motif investing platform, and for my clients, offering managed accounts through Motif Advisor. Basically, Motif is a different type of online broker that, rather than selling you stocks one at a time, allows you to trade in “Motifs” (basically baskets of up to 30 US-listed stocks or ETFs) for a […]

How Your Financial Advisor Gets Paid: One of the Most Important Questions to Ask

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Early in my Wall Street career (but not in business school nor my pre B-school career, somehow) I learned one of the most important lessons I ever learned in business: if you want to understand why different professionals do what they do and don’t bother doing other things you might want them to do, look […]

A 63-year chart of US Interest Rates and the 35-year old bond bull market

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I love long-term charts, and recently started re-reading the 5th edition of Jeremy Siegel’s classic “Stocks for the Long Run“.  Being naturally curious, I also like to keep an eye on how investments in “Bonds for the Long Run”, “Balanced Portfolios for the Long Run” and “Alternative Investments for the Long Run” would do.  Siegel’s […]

Advantages of directly owning 30 or more stocks instead of an index fund

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This is an summary and excerpt of my article “Why I Wouldn’t Invest More Than $100,000 In An S&P 500 ETF Or Index Fund“. Ask 100 fee-only financial advisors how they would invest an extra $100,000 that was not needed for at least 10 years, and odds are that one of the top responses would […]