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    Investment Management's Dirty Little Secret

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    by Murray Coleman — Thursday, April 26, 2018

    The financial advice industry has a dark secret, one that costs global investors dearly every year. In a wide-ranging Q&A, IFA Founder Mark Hebner talks about these and other money management potholes that investors should avoid and how to do ...Read More

  • Dimensional Fund Advisors

    Recent Market Volatility

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    by Dimensional Fund Advisors — Updated: Monday, December 24, 2018

    What should you make of recent ups and downs in the stock market? Here's helpful context on volatility and expected ...Read More

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    Recent Market Volatility

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    by Dimensional Fund Advisors — Wednesday, February 7, 2018

    After a period of relative calm in the markets, in recent days the increase in volatility in the stock market has resulted in renewed anxiety for many investors. From February 1–5, the US market (as measured by the Russell 3000 Index) fell almost 6%, resulting in many ...Read More

  • Dimensional Fund Advisors

    As Goes January, So Goes the Year?

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    by Dimensional Fund Advisors — Tuesday, January 9, 2018

    As investors ring in the new year, some may see the occasional headline about the “January Indicator” or “January Barometer.” This theory suggests that the price movement of the S&P 500 during the month of January may signal whether that index will ...Read More

  • Mark Hebner

    Market Declines and Volatility

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    by Mark Hebner — Wednesday, February 14, 2018

    In light of all this market volatility over the last few days, we wanted to remind you of the benefits of being a buy and hold ...Read More

  • Tom Pohlen and Mark Hebner

    2017 Q4 Market Review

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    by Tom Pohlen and Mark Hebner — Tuesday, February 20, 2018

    Once again in quarter four of 2017, markets delivered positive results across all major asset classes to close out the year.  While International Developed Markets fell behind the performance of U.S. Domestic Equities when comparing quarter three with quarter four; Emerging ...Read More

  • Dimensional Fund Advisors

    New Year, New Market Highs

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    by Dimensional Fund Advisors — Monday, February 5, 2018

    Throughout 2017, the S&P 500 Index recorded 62 new closing highs in 251 days of trading. In the first three weeks of January 2018 alone, the index crossed 10 new record closing highs in 13 days of trading. With stock indices continuing to set new highs, does this mean ...Read More

  • David Booth

    A Transformed Investor's View of Market Uncertainty

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    by David Booth — Tuesday, March 13, 2018

    Markets have been up and down this year, which can be hard for many investors to live with. During periods like these, hearing stories about how other people deal with uncertainty can be helpful. My friend Dave Goetsch is an executive producer of The Big Bang Theory. Even though ...Read More

  • Murray Coleman

    Bad Brokers

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    by Murray Coleman — Tuesday, March 20, 2018

    Despite a push by regulators to raise legal standards for how brokers work with investors, misdeeds keep popping up in the public record. The latest development is that the Securities and Exchange Commission has settled with Ameriprise Financial Services over allegations the ...Read More

  • Mary Brunson

    Feeling Good About Your Fund Manager? Read and Heed the Fine Print

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    by Mary Brunson — Friday, March 30, 2018

    Each year, fund managers randomly land in one of four performance quartiles. And, every year, Standard and Poor's issues its annual Persistence Scorecard, tracking the past and subsequent performance of those managers. One of the uses of the study is to track how winning ...Read More

  • Emerging Markets Step Ahead: Q1 Review

    2018 Q1 Market Review

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    by Murray Coleman — Thursday, May 3, 2018

    The power of portfolio diversification showed in the initial three months of 2018. While blue chip U.S. stocks took a step back, IFA's indexes tracking emerging markets surged ahead in the first ...Read More

  • murray@ifa.com

    Closet Indexers Face More Scrutiny

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    by Murray Coleman — Monday, April 30, 2018

    A group of 13 large active managers have agreed to suppy data about how closely funds track their indexes. Overall, closet indexers are expected to top $1.3 trillion in ...Read More

  • Brad Steiman

    Relying on Market Prices

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    by Brad Steiman — Tuesday, March 6, 2018

    To pique the interest of investors, the financial media often features stories about the hidden dangers in the market—and index funds have been a recurring topic lately. According to some stories, the rising popularity of indexing has distorted prices because fewer shares ...Read More

  • murray@ifa.com

    Putting 'Fiduciary' into Retirement Planning

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    by Murray Coleman — Tuesday, April 10, 2018

    The U.S. retirement plan marketplace keeps evolving. Just ask Shareen Balkey, who sees such changes in 401(k) plans and the like as boosting the need for true fiduciaries to help both plan participants and ...Read More

  • murray@ifa.com

    2018 Q2 Market Review

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    by Murray Coleman — Tuesday, July 17, 2018

    As global trade tensions rose, investors kept buying shares of domestic companies. But foreign stocks fell into the red for the quarter and ...Read More

  • Jim Parker

    Sailing with the Tides

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    by Jim Parker — Tuesday, March 27, 2018

    Embarking on a financial plan is like sailing around the world. The voyage won’t always go to plan, and there’ll be rough seas. But the odds of reaching your destination increase greatly if you are prepared, flexible, patient, and well-advised. A mistake many ...Read More

  • Murray Coleman

    2019 Q1 Market Review

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    by Murray Coleman — Wednesday, April 17, 2019

    Long-term minded investors shouldn't be surprised. Traders, however, could've been whipsawed by markets in ...Read More

  • murray@ifa.com

    2018 Q4 Market Review

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    by Murray Coleman — Tuesday, February 5, 2019

    Emerging markets and global real estate stock indexes used in IFA portfolios outpaced U.S., developed international in ...Read More

  • Murray Coleman

    2018 Q3 Market Review

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    by Murray Coleman — Wednesday, November 28, 2018

    With technology bellwethers Apple and Amazon becoming America's first companies with market capitalizations surpassing $1 trillion, blue chip domestic stocks turned in banner performances in 2018's third quarter. Robust economic growth and corporate profits overshadowed jitters ...Read More

  • Jim Parker

    A Question of Equilibrium

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    by Jim Parker — Tuesday, October 30, 2018

    "Sellers were out in force on the market today after negative news on the economy." It's a common line in TV finance reports. But have you ever wondered who is buying if so many people are ...Read More

  • Dimensional Fund Advisors

    The Index Bogeyman

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    by Dimensional Fund Advisors — Tuesday, April 2, 2019

    Over the last several years, index funds have received increased attention from investors and the financial media. Some have even made claims that the increased usage of index funds may be distorting market prices. For many, this argument hinges on the premise that indexing ...Read More

  • Murray Coleman

    Too Few Investors Taking 'Big Picture' View: Study

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    by Murray Coleman — Monday, January 7, 2019

    How big of a difference can an objective set of professional eyes add to an investor's overall financial success outside of managing a portfolio? A new study takes a look at just that question. Instead of considering hypotheticals, however, this report goes directly to the ...Read More

  • Dimensional Fund Advisors

    Midterm Elections—What Do They Mean for Markets?

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    by Dimensional Fund Advisors — Monday, November 5, 2018

    It's almost Election Day in the US once again. For those who need a brief civics refresher, every two years the full US House of Representatives and one-third of the Senate are up for reelection. While the outcomes of the elections are uncertain, one thing we can count on ...Read More

  • Dimensional Fund Advisors

    Deja Vu All Over Again

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    by Dimensional Fund Advisors — Tuesday, February 12, 2019

    Investment fads come and go. Letting short-term trends influence your approach may be counterproductive to pursuing your financial ...Read More

  • murray@ifa.com

    Savings Contribution Limits Go Up

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    by Murray Coleman — Thursday, December 20, 2018

    Contribution limits for 2019 for various retirement accounts are rising. Here's a breakdown of how much you can now save in a tax-friendly ...Read More

  • Dimensional Fund Advisors

    Getting to the Point of a Point

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    by Dimensional Fund Advisors — Wednesday, March 6, 2019

    A quick online search for “Dow rallies 500 points” yields a cascade of news stories with similar titles, as does a similar search for “Dow drops 500 points.” These types of headlines may make little sense to some investors, given that a ...Read More