Are Municipal Bonds Right for You?

By Bob French, CFA

No one likes paying taxes. We all want to minimize the amount of taxes that we owe, so we’re always looking for any tips and tricks we can find. Municipal bonds, or munis, often seem like a great solution since they’re billed…

What Makes the Markets Move

By Bob French, CFA

Financial markets are constantly on the move, and those moves can have serious implications for what your retirement will look like. Still, most people don’t really have any clue as to why the markets move the way they do. They see it…

2018 – Q2 Quarterly Market Review

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2018 – Q2 Quarterly Market Review

Handle with CARE: 5 Years Before Retirement

By Kyle Meyer

The appeal of market timing is obvious. Who wouldn’t want to get in and out of the market at the best time every time? We’ve talked a lot about market timing in the past – timing risk premiums, trying to time the markets on a daily basis, and the importance of staying disciplined even when it seems obvious the markets are going to go down.

What Risks Are Worth Taking

By Bob French, CFA

Risk drives everything about your investments, but all risk is not created equal. For most investors (and most of the financial industry) dealing with risk is a lot like making sausage. People want what it gets them, the investment returns, but they…

Why You Make Profit From Investing

By Bob French, CFA

Almost everyone knows that they need to invest their money to help prepare for retirement. It’s one of the keys to getting where you want to go. The markets may (ok, they will) bounce around in the short-term, but over the long-term…

Rebalancing Frequency

By Bob French, CFA

Almost everyone agrees that rebalancing your portfolio is one of the keys to having a successful investment outcome. We know that your asset allocation determines how your portfolio will perform. Successful investors spend a lot of time determining what they want to…

Preparing for Retirement When You’re Starting Late

By Bob French, CFA

Everyone knows that you’re supposed to start saving for retirement early, but that doesn’t always happen. In fact, if you look at the numbers, it’s actually pretty rare. Most people are woefully unprepared for retirement, but you can change that. Preparing for…

The Importance of Your Savings Rate

By Bob French, CFA

How much you save for retirement goes a long way to determining how much you can spend in retirement. The more you save while you’re working, all else equal, the more you can spend in retirement. It sounds straight forward, but it…

Should You Own Bonds in a Rising Rate Environment?

By Bob French, CFA

Most people don’t think too much about their bonds. They really are the boring foundation for your portfolio. However, occasionally they spring to the surface, and this is one of those times. Lately, a number of people have been wondering why they…

How Are You Different From The Average Investor?

By Bob French, CFA

Taking distributions from an investment portfolio amplifies the impacts of portfolio volatility, making retirement income planning particularly tricky as distributions tend to be the primary income source for retirees. We can use Monte Carlo simulations to show the increase of money-weighted investment returns in retirement, which has important implications about the choice for a fixed portfolio return assumption.

What are Market Valuations? (Part 2)

By Bob French, CFA

Taking distributions from an investment portfolio amplifies the impacts of portfolio volatility, making retirement income planning particularly tricky as distributions tend to be the primary income source for retirees. We can use Monte Carlo simulations to show the increase of money-weighted investment returns in retirement, which has important implications about the choice for a fixed portfolio return assumption.