Asset Allocation

Harvard Endowment Returns vs Passive Index Fund Investing – Which Approach is the Best?

Harvard Endowment Returns vs Passive Index Fund Investing – Which Approach is the Best?

By in Advanced Investing, Asset Allocation, Money Management | 2 comments

Can the Harvard Endowment Returns Win Over a Lazy Passive Investment Approach? Imagine you had the choice between investing your money with the Harvard endowment fund managers or going with a lazy passive index fund approach? Which would you choose?  Harvard is one of the top universities in the world, home to the most brilliant professors and students. A Harvard degree is basically a ticket to professional success. So you would think that Harvard endowment returns would surpass the returns of the most basic passive index fund investment strategy.  The Harvard Endowment Lost Almost $2 Billion in 2016 In fiscal...

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Can You Beat the Market? Is Index Fund Investing Overrated?

Can You Beat the Market? Is Index Fund Investing Overrated?

By in Asset Allocation, Investing, Money Management, Mutual Funds | 10 comments

Is It Possible to Beat the Market? After writing close to 700 articles for this website, occasionally, it makes sense to come back and update some of the older articles. In this case, we’ll go back to the index fund question and evaluate whether this passive investing approach can still beat the market. This article was originally written about 2 years ago. The inspiration for this post came from the New York Times article “Beating the Market, as a Reachable Goal”, written by Jeff Somer. In the article, Robert A. Olstein, insulted by the arguments in favor of index funds, claims...

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Would You Use a Robo-Advisor? Here’s What a Millennial Thinks

Would You Use a Robo-Advisor? Here’s What a Millennial Thinks

By in Asset Allocation, Automatic Saving, Guest Post, Investing, Money Management | 5 comments

Have You Been Thinking About Getting Investing Help From a Robo-Advisor? 5 Reasons You Should By staff columnist, Alexandra Deluise   In today’s technologically-driven society, it should come as no surprise that robo-advisors are now “a thing.” After all, we like automating everything – why not our investing advice? If you’ve been thinking about whether you should use a robo-advisor, this article will help you answer the question, ‘Should I use a robo-advisor?’ Robo-advisors work by using algorithms to help clients make the best investing decisions, weighing the client’s tolerance for risk and desired length of investment into the equation....

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Larry Swedroe – Investing Luminary Tells How to Profit with Investing

Larry Swedroe – Investing Luminary Tells How to Profit with Investing

By in Advanced Investing, Asset Allocation, Bond, Investing, Personal Finance Luminaries | 2 comments

Larry Swedroe’s Wisdom Helps Investors Profit with 2 Stage Thinking Following is an excerpt of my recent interview with Larry Swedroe. The full article is published on the U.S. News and World Report Smarter Investor Site: During this time of investment market turmoil, investors look to professionals for help in weathering the storm. Larry Swedroe, director of research for Buckingham and the BAM Alliance as well as the author of 13 investing books, offers insights and information to help cope with market turbulence and investing. You’ll find out how the ‘Larry portfolio’ might increase your returns and reduce risk....

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5 Essential Money Moves for 2016-Read Now!

5 Essential Money Moves for 2016-Read Now!

By in Advanced Investing, Asset Allocation, Investing, Money Management, Taxes, Tips | 6 comments

A quick google search of ‘essential money moves for 2016’ turned up 7,760,000 responses. I’ve done the hard work for you and culled the top money moves into 5 actionable money tips for 2016. Schedule an hour or two and get your finances in order with these 5 essential money moves. (Number 5 may surprise you!) 1. Examine your 401k, 403b or Other Workplace Retirement Account My spouse has a TIAA CREF account in his workplace 403b. For months I procrastinated the task of evaluating the investment choices in the fund. My goal for this account was to choose index...

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Best Asset Allocation Based On Age & Risk Tolerance

Best Asset Allocation Based On Age & Risk Tolerance

By in Advanced Investing, Asset Allocation, Investing, Reader Question | 14 comments

How To Figure Out the Best Asset Allocation For You Graham from Moneystepper asks; What metric (rule of thumb) would you recommend for asset allocation based on age and risk appetite? Graham’s question is not as simple as it might seem. Let’s attack it from several investment angles and throw in a bit of research as well. Quick Primer: What Is Asset Allocation?   The asset allocation decision divides total investable funds by percent into specific investment categories. An asset allocation represents the investor’s choice of broad asset classes and the percentages distributed across the categories. The two most common...

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