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California's Big Pension Fund Turns to Passive Management

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by Murray Coleman
Tuesday, January 21, 2020

The largest U.S. pension system has fired most of its active equity managers, joining a growing legion of 'mom-and-pop' ...Read More

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  • Mark Hebner

    Standard Deviation

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    by Mark Hebner and Murray Coleman — Updated: Monday, January 13, 2020

    In the field of finance, standard deviation represents the risk associated with a security or the risk of a portfolio of ...Read More

  • Murray Coleman

    Invesco: A Deeper Look At the Performance

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    by Murray Coleman — Updated: Monday, December 23, 2019

    To many investors, Atlanta-based Invesco Ltd. is an investment management conglomerate with a history of acquisitions and multi-asset platforms that spans the globe. With more than $1.18 trillion in assets under management, it's involved in everything from mutual ...Read More

  • Mark Hebner and Murray Coleman

    Eugene Fama: One of A Kind

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    by Mark Hebner and Murray Coleman — Updated: Thursday, December 19, 2019

    Academics are a hallmark of the investment strategy that we recommend to our clients. While there are plenty of sales pitches professing some sort of new or “hot” idea on how to get rich quick, we rely on peer-reviewed academic research to guide the decisions that we ...Read More

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    UBS, Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch Earn Regulators' Wrath

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    by Murray Coleman — Tuesday, December 10, 2019

    In the past, we've chronicled cases of misdeeds by brokers working with investors not only in the U.S., but also around the world. A development that made headlines recently involved a particularly well-known name in global banking and financial services: UBS.  According to ...Read More

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    Savings Contribution Limits Go Up

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    by Murray Coleman — Updated: Monday, December 9, 2019

    Contribution limits for 2020 for various retirement accounts are rising. Here's a breakdown of how much you can now save in a tax-friendly ...Read More

  • Mark Hebner

    Dimensional Fund Advisors: A Deeper Look At The Performance

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    by Mark Hebner and Murray Coleman — Updated: Wednesday, December 4, 2019

    As many of our readers know, we don’t think too highly of the active mutual fund industry. Not because we have a personal vendetta against them, but because their pursuit of attempting to outperform the market using other investors’ money has only enriched themselves ...Read More

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    The Investment Premium: Another Factor of Expected Returns

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    by Murray Coleman — Tuesday, December 3, 2019

    A select group of market factors are known to drive stock and bond returns. Some offer less advantages to fund investors, such as momentum, which can prove difficult to capture without running up trading and other transactional costs.  Research by professors Eugene Fama and ...Read More

  • Mark Hebner

    Advisor Risk - How Would You Rate Your Advisor's Risk?

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    by Mark Hebner — Updated: Friday, November 1, 2019

    When it comes to investing, we can identify many risks investors assume, either knowingly or not. At Index Fund Advisors, we see it as our core mission to get investors to take the risks that are worth taking (e.g. market, size, value, term and default) and avoid the ones that ...Read More

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    2019 Q3 Market Review [VIDEO]

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    by Murray Coleman — Monday, October 14, 2019

    The third quarter produced a script worthy of the best tear-jerking romantic novel. The world's two biggest economies couldn't resolve an ongoing trade tiff, angst about Brexit and the European Union continued and sliding manufacturing data in the U.S. helped to raise fears of a ...Read More

  • Mark Hebner and IFA Contributors

    The Never-Ending Pursuit of Manager Alpha – Updated

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    by Mark Hebner and Murray Coleman — Updated: Tuesday, August 20, 2019

    As we have pointed out on many occasions, both stock picking and hiring an active manager to pick stocks on your behalf are mug’s games. While some investors diligently study individual stocks and other investors handsomely pay active managers to deliver alpha (an ...Read More

  • Mark Hebner

    Rebalancing Portfolios

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    by Mark Hebner and Murray Coleman — Updated: Tuesday, August 20, 2019

    It is important for investors to rebalance their portfolio to achieve risk control and maintain long-term investing ...Read More

  • Mark Hebner

    Asset Location

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    by Mark Hebner — Updated: Thursday, August 15, 2019

    An additional way that a passive advisor can add value is not just asset allocation but asset location. Specifically, for a client that has a mixture of taxable accounts, traditional IRAs, and Roth IRAs, it is often helpful to construct a single portfolio consisting of multiple ...Read More

  • Mark Hebner and IFA Contributors

    Advisor Alpha: The View from Vanguard

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    by Mark Hebner and Murray Coleman — Updated: Thursday, August 15, 2019

    At Index Fund Advisors, we have repeatedly cautioned investors to avoid getting ensnared in the never-ending pursuit of alpha by either picking stocks or hiring an active manager to pick stocks on their behalf. Nevertheless, by engaging in a few prudent practices such as ...Read More

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    2019 Q2 Market Review

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    by Murray Coleman — Thursday, July 25, 2019

    After logging strong returns in the opening three months of 2019, global equity markets slowed in the second ...Read More

  • Mark Hebner and Murray Coleman

    Selecting Investments Part 1

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    by Mark Hebner and Murray Coleman — Updated: Wednesday, July 24, 2019

    As a fiduciary for its clients, IFA only receives compensation from its clients and is therefore unbiased in its choice of ...Read More

  • Ian Liew

    SBBI: The Almanac of Returns Data

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    by Ian Liew and IFA Contributors — Updated: Friday, July 19, 2019

    Stocks, Bonds, Bills, and Inflation (SBBI) is often characterized as the Almanac of returns data. This magisterial work originally produced by Roger Ibbotson and Rex Sinquefield is considered the go to place when information is needed on the expected returns and risks of a ...Read More

  • Mark Hebner

    Cash Withdrawal Considerations

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    by Mark Hebner — Updated: Thursday, July 18, 2019

    IFA is often in the position of accommodating regular cash withdrawal by its clients. The question is how to best generate cash for ...Read More

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    Tax Mistakes Reported by Politicians

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    by Murray Coleman — Tuesday, July 16, 2019

    The warnings about potential dangers of trying to file your own tax forms are well-documented. Indeed, we've explored at IFA Taxes many of the biggest blunders taxpayers have made in the past working on even the most basic of IRS accounting ...Read More

  • Brad Steiman

    Paradox of Skill

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    by Brad Steiman — Updated: Tuesday, July 9, 2019

    Manager selection is a process that requires analyzing noisy performance data, so it should lean heavily on the notion of statistical ...Read More

  • Mark Hebner and Murray Coleman

    Dimensions of Expected Return: Patience is a Virtue – 2019 Update

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    by Mark Hebner and Murray Coleman — Updated: Monday, July 8, 2019

    Giving investment advice should always aim to meet investors at their level of understanding. We do not expect everyone to have a PhD in Economics, so it is important to focus on big ideas that are the most crucial to understand. This can include ideas such as diversification, ...Read More

  • Mark Hebner and IFA Contributors

    The Funded Ratio: An Actuarial Approach to Retirement Spending

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    by Mark Hebner and IFA Contributors — Updated: Wednesday, June 26, 2019

    In a recent Financial Professional Outlook, Russell Investments surveyed 234 financial advisors across 145 investment firms nationwide. According to their results, 60% of advisors said that more than half of their clients are near or in ...Read More

  • Rex Sinquefield

    Active vs Passive Management

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    by Murray Coleman — Updated: Tuesday, June 25, 2019

    Active management is the art of stock picking and market timing. Passive management refers to a buy-and-hold approach to money management. It can be applied to any asset class: big stocks, small stocks, value or growth, foreign or domestic can all be accessed by passive ...Read More