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  • Mark Hebner and IFA Contributors

    Misuse of the Law of Large Numbers: The Gambler's Fallacy

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    by Mark Hebner and Murray Coleman — Updated: Tuesday, September 15, 2020

    If you have ever spent any time in a casino, it is likely that you have seen supposedly random events that appeared to be non-random. Perhaps the roulette wheel came up red seven times in a row, for example. If your reaction was to place a large bet on ...Read More

  • murray@ifa.com

    2020 Q2 Market Review [VIDEO]

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    by Murray Coleman — Wednesday, July 29, 2020

    Stocks staged a dramatic second quarter reversal, highlighting the need for investors to remain ...Read More

  • murray@ifa.com

    Putting 'Fiduciary' into Retirement Planning

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    by Murray Coleman — Updated: Tuesday, July 7, 2020

    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

  • IFA Contributors

    Where are the Customers' Yachts? A Good Hard Look at Wall Street

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    by Mark Hebner — Updated: Friday, June 26, 2020

    Once in the dear dead days beyond recall, an out-of-town visitor was being shown the wonders of the New York financial district. When the party arrived at the Battery, one of his guides indicated some handsome ships riding at anchor. He said, “Look, those are the ...Read More

  • Murray Coleman

    Bad Brokers

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    by Murray Coleman — Updated: Wednesday, June 17, 2020

    The list of misdeeds involves brokers from Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, JPMorgan Chase and ...Read More

  • Murray Coleman

    Diary of a 'Reformed' Journalist

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    by Murray Coleman — Updated: Thursday, May 21, 2020

    I was trained as a journalist to approach any type of speculative claim with a high degree of skepticism. But it took years of sifting through a wealth of academic research and market evidence for me to finally make a career change. In all honesty, it's just become too apparent ...Read More

  • Robin Powell

    Francis Galton and the Iron Rule of Markets

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    by Robin Powell — Updated: Friday, May 15, 2020

    “Reversion to the mean,” Jack Bogle once said, “is the iron rule of financial markets.” And if you understand nothing else about how investing works, grasping this one simple concept will give you a better chance of succeeding at it than supposedly more ...Read More

  • murray@ifa.com

    Q1 2020 Market Review [VIDEO]

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    by Murray Coleman — Tuesday, May 5, 2020

     In the first quarter of 2020, investors were reminded of the importance of understanding how markets really ...Read More

  • Jim Parker

    Sailing with the Tides

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    by Jim Parker — Updated: Thursday, April 30, 2020

    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@ifa.com

    Fear, Greed and Knowledge

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    by Mark Hebner and Murray Coleman — Wednesday, April 8, 2020

    It might not seem intuitive, but this graph shows valuable discipline is when markets ...Read More

  • Robin Powell

    The Wisdom of the Crowds: What Do You Know that Millions Don't?

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    by Robin Powell — Updated: Monday, February 17, 2020

    Imagine you’re at a village fête, and you decide to have a go at guessing the number of jelly beans in a jar. How confident would you be of guessing exactly right or, say within one or two of the actual number? Chances are, it’s a bit of a long ...Read More

  • Mark Hebner

    Time for the Fire Drill

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    by Mark Hebner — Updated: Monday, February 10, 2020

    Most of us remember the days at school when we had our routine fire drill. The fire alarms around the school would ring, we would all calmly and collectedly stand up, form a line, and walk out of the school to a safe place. While I am sure many ...Read More

  • Tom Allen and Mark Hebner

    T. Rowe Price: A Deeper Look at the Performance

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    by Mark Hebner and IFA Contributors — Updated: Monday, February 10, 2020

    T. Rowe Price has clearly stated their value proposition to their investors. But what exactly is that value and, more importantly, who is receiving the bulk of that ...Read More