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Mark Hebner summarizes the market's performance during the fourth quarter of 2017 and demonstrates the difficulty in picking the next asset class winner.

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2017 Q4 Market Review - Show 258

Friday, January 19, 2018IFA.tv, Mark Hebner

Mark Hebner summarizes the market's performance during the fourth quarter of 2017 and demonstrates the difficulty in picking the next asset class winner.Watch Video


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

Thursday, January 18, 2018Robin Powell

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 shot.Read More


Francis Galton: Part 3: Reversion to the Mean - Show 257

Tuesday, January 16, 2018IFA.tv

In Part Three of the three part series, we look at the Galton Board.  Watch Video


Fairholme and Sequoia—No Great Performance Here - 2017 Update

Tuesday, January 16, 2018Mark Hebner and IFA Contributors

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 SequoiaRead More


Home Bias and Global Diversification

Thursday, January 11, 2018Dimensional Fund Advisors

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 South America, check our emailRead More


Francis Galton: Part 2: The Wisdom of the Crowd - Show 256

Tuesday, January 9, 2018IFA.tv

In Part Two of this three part series, we look at Galton's contribution to the concept of the wisdom of the crowds.  Watch Video


As Goes January, So Goes the Year?

Tuesday, January 9, 2018Dimensional Fund Advisors

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 rise or fall during the remainder of theRead More


IFA By the Numbers - 2018

Friday, January 5, 2018Mark Hebner

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 education.Read More


Francis Galton: Part 1: Whenever You Can, Count - Show 255

Tuesday, January 2, 2018IFA.tv

Most people have never heard of him, but Sir Francis Galton was a Victorian genius. In part one of this three part series we explore his background.Watch Video


Catchphrase Investing

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

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, acronyms like FAANG are useful. They fit easilyRead More


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