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Mark Hebner and Murray Coleman

Principal Financial Group: A Deeper Look at the Performance

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by Mark Hebner and Murray Coleman
Tuesday, July 3, 2018

As part of IFA's ongoing series breaking down how active managers at major fund complexes are actually doing compared to their indexes, we've put through our microscope Principal Financial ...Read More

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  • 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

  • Brad Steiman

    What's the Significance?

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    by Brad Steiman — Updated: Thursday, May 3, 2018

    Caution: Technical Discussion to Follow—READ AT YOUR OWN RISK. As the old saying goes, there are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics. It is true data can be tortured with statistical tools that will make it confess to almost anything. On the other hand, ...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

  • murray@ifa.com

    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

  • 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 Coleman

    Diary of a 'Reformed' Journalist

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    by Murray Coleman — Tuesday, April 3, 2018

    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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Tom Allen and Mark Hebner

    Great West: A Deeper Look at the Performance

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    by Mark Hebner and IFA Contributors — Thursday, March 22, 2018

    Great-West Financial is a subsidiary of Great-West Life, Co. (TSX: GWO), which itself is a subsidiary of Power Financial Corp. (TSX: POW) based out of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Great-West Financial is the American market for Great-West Life, Co.’s, selling its investment, ...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

  • 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

  • Tom Allen and Mark Hebner

    Vanguard vs. Dimensional: Through A Statistical Lens

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    by Tom Allen and Mark Hebner — Updated: Tuesday, March 13, 2018

    As advocates for passive investing, it is a common question amongst clients and prospects about why our 100 IFA Index Portfolios utilize strategies from Dimensional Fund Advisors versus better-known passive fund companies such as Vanguard or iShares. The answer is quite simple: ...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

  • 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

  • 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

  • jackson

    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

    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

  • Robin Powell

    Francis Galton and the Iron Rule of Markets

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    by Robin Powell — Wednesday, January 31, 2018

    “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 ...Read More

  • Tom Allen and Mark Hebner

    Prudential Financial: A Deeper Look at the Performance

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    by Mark Hebner and IFA Contributors — Updated: Tuesday, January 30, 2018

    Prudential Financial is a Fortune 500 company based out of Newark, New Jersey. Traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: PRU), Prudential Financial employs over 49,000 people across 40 countries, offers insurance products, wealth management, fund management, and retirement ...Read More

  • jackson

    The Uncommon Average

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    by Dimensional Fund Advisors — Tuesday, January 23, 2018

    “I have found that the importance of having an investment philosophy—one that is robust and that you can stick with— cannot be overstated.” – David Booth The US stock market has delivered an average annual return of around 10% since 1926.[1] ...Read More

  • Mark Hebner and IFA Contributors

    Fairholme and Sequoia—No Great Performance Here - 2017 Update

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    by Mark Hebner and IFA Contributors — Updated: Tuesday, January 16, 2018

    Recently, we received a question from a client that we will paraphrase as follows: “While I know that the returns I have gotten from index funds have beaten the majority of active managers, would I not have been better off in funds like the Fairholme Fund (FAIRX) or the ...Read More

  • Dimensional Fund Advisors

    Home Bias and Global Diversification

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    by Dimensional Fund Advisors — Thursday, January 11, 2018

    By pursuing a globally diversified approach to investing, one doesn’t have to attempt to pick winners to achieve a rewarding investment experience. Every day we enjoy the benefits of an interconnected world. We might start our day with a cup of coffee that originated in ...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

    IFA By the Numbers - 2018

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    by Mark Hebner — Updated: Friday, January 5, 2018

    As we begin 2018, it has become a tradition that we reflect on the prior year by collecting our IFA statistics (or, what has grown to be known as IFA By the Numbers) on the abundance and wealth of information we provide in dedication towards replacing speculation with an ...Read More

  • Jim Parker, Dimensional Fund Advisors

    Catchphrase Investing

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    by Jim Parker, Dimensional Fund Advisors — Tuesday, December 26, 2017

    The financial media is drawn to catchphrases, acronyms, and buzzwords that can be sold as the new thing. FAANG (Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, and Google) is the latest of these. But does this constitute an investment strategy? For journalists, commentators, and marketers, ...Read More

  • Dimensional Fund Advisors

    To Bit or Not to Bit: What Should Investors Make of Bitcoin Mania?

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    by Dimensional Fund Advisors — Friday, December 15, 2017

    Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are receiving intense media coverage, prompting many investors to wonder whether these new types of electronic money deserve a place in their portfolios. Cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin emerged only in the past decade. Unlike traditional ...Read More

  • Mark Hebner

    Rebalancing Portfolios

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    by Mark Hebner — Updated: Tuesday, December 12, 2017

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

  • Mark Hebner

    Time for the Fire Drill

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    by Mark Hebner — Updated: Monday, December 4, 2017

    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

  • Dimensional Fund Advisors

    Key Questions for the Long-Term Investor

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    by Dimensional Fund Advisors — Tuesday, November 28, 2017

    Focusing on what you can control can lead to a better investment experience. Whether you’ve been investing for decades or are just getting started, at some point on your investment journey you’ll likely ask yourself some of the questions below. Trying to answer these ...Read More

  • Tom Allen and Mark Hebner

    Richard Thaler's Nobel Prize and Practical Implications for Investors

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    by Tom Allen and Mark Hebner — Tuesday, November 14, 2017

    Professor Richard Thaler from the University of Chicago received the 2017 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for his work in behavioral finance. This comes just four years after his colleague, Eugene Fama, received his Nobel Memorial Prize for his work on asset pricing ...Read More

  • Tom Allen and Mark Hebner

    2017 Year-End Distributions & Portfolio Management

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    by Tom Allen and Mark Hebner — Monday, November 6, 2017

    At Index Fund Advisors, it is standard operating procedure for us to tailor how we manage client portfolios at year-end in anticipation of dividend and capital gains distributions from the mutual funds that we buy. The gist of this strategy is that we do not want to buy into ...Read More