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The 2nd Quarter of 2016 in Review


by Tom Allen and Mark Hebner
Tuesday, July 26, 2016

The second quarter of 2016 was mixed in terms of good and bad news as well as performance. While the Eurozone experienced a big shock in terms of the unanticipated “Brexit” vote, the United States experienced falling jobless claims, increasing in consumer ...Read More

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  • Index Funds: The Documentary Film

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    by Mark Hebner — Friday, July 22, 2016

    I am very proud to share this film with you and ask that you help spread the word. I’d also like to thank you for your support, your interest and your encouragement as my dedicated team and I continue to ...Read More

  • Dodge & Cox: A Deeper Look at the Performance

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    by Tom Allen and Mark Hebner — Thursday, July 7, 2016

    San Francisco based Dodge & Cox is one of the most well-known investment management firms in the world. More impressively, they have been able to build a very sizeable asset base on the back of just 6 ...Read More

  • Market Efficiency & Behavioral Biases

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    by Tom Allen and Mark Hebner — Tuesday, June 28, 2016

    One of the most misunderstood tenants of the efficient market hypothesis (EMH) has to do with assumption that all decisions made by market participants are rational. In other words, the millions of people who ...Read More

  • UK's EU Referendum Result

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    by Dimensional Fund Advisors — Friday, June 24, 2016

    On June 23, citizens of the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union. While there has been much speculation leading up to and since the vote, many of the longer-term implications of the referendum ...Read More

  • Bond Funds or Individual Bonds? What You Need To Know

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    by Tom Allen and Mark Hebner — Friday, June 17, 2016

    A common question we receive from clients has to do with bond strategies. Should we buy bond funds or build individual bond ladders? There are a few things to keep in mind when thinking the role of fixed ...Read More

  • False Diversification

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    by Tom Allen and Mark Hebner — Wednesday, June 15, 2016

    As proponents of globally diversified portfolios, we understand the principle of diversification when it comes to investing. Harry Markowitz was one of the first academics to identify the benefits of adding ...Read More

  • Eugene Fama: One of A Kind

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    by Tom Allen and Mark Hebner — Monday, June 6, 2016

    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 ...Read More

  • Index Reconstitution: The Price of Tracking

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    by Dimensional Fund Advisors — Thursday, June 2, 2016

    With the annual reconstitution of the Russell indices approaching, it is a good opportunity to revisit how index reconstitution events affect trading costs and returns. Index funds are an innovative solution ...Read More

  • Invesco: A Deeper Look At the Performance

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    by Tom Allen and Mark Hebner — Wednesday, June 1, 2016

    Invesco Ltd. is one of the most well-known investment firms in the country. Their operations span over 20 different countries around the world and are involved in investment management, wealth management, ...Read More

  • Tom and Becky

    Volatility... Is There More of it Today?

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    by Tom Allen and Becky Vasquez — Wednesday, May 25, 2016

    If you follow the stock market, you cannot get away from the word volatility.  It is discussed in the media, over the Internet, the front page of the newspaper’s Business section.  All you have ...Read More

  • T. Rowe Price: A Deeper Look at the Performance

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    by Tom Allen and Mark Hebner — Thursday, May 19, 2016

    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 value?           ...Read More

  • Tom and Denise

    Reverse Mortgages: What You Need to Know

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    by Tom Allen and Denise Delaney — Tuesday, May 17, 2016

    There has been a sharp rise in the reverse mortgage market in last the decade within the United States. According to the National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association (NRMLA), the annual number of reverse ...Read More

  • Family Limited Partnerships: What You Need To Know

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    by Tom Allen and Mark Hebner — Tuesday, May 10, 2016

    Wealth transfer strategies are an extremely important topic when it comes to financial planning. Establishing the proper legal conduits to ensure the maximum amount assets transferred to beneficiaries ...Read More

  • The Matrix Book: A DFA Tradition [VIDEO]

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    by Mark Hebner and IFA Contributors — Friday, May 6, 2016

    "Data! Data! Data!" he cried impatiently, "I cannot make bricks without clay!" — The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The Adventure of the Copper Beeches - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, ...Read More

  • IFA By the Numbers - 2016

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    by Mark Hebner — Thursday, April 28, 2016

    As we begin 2016, 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 ...Read More

  • The Small-Cap "Alpha" Myth: An Update!

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    by Tom Allen and Mark Hebner — Wednesday, April 27, 2016

    There is a common misconception about “alpha” in the small-cap market within the United States. Many professionals believe that once we step out of the mega-cap world of companies like Google, ...Read More

  • The 1st Quarter of 2016 in Review [VIDEO]

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    by Tom Allen and Mark Hebner — Tuesday, April 19, 2016

    The first quarter of this year was a textbook case on the importance of having discipline when approaching the investment process. January was a punishing month for markets around the world as fears of ...Read More

  • Oppenheimer Funds: A Deeper Look At Their Performance

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    by Tom Allen and Mark Hebner — Tuesday, April 12, 2016

    Oppenheimer Funds is a subsidiary of Oppenheimer Holdings & Co., one of the largest financial institutions in the entire world. Having roots dated over a century ago, the Oppenheimer name has acted as a ...Read More

  • Free Throws

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    by David Butler — Wednesday, April 6, 2016

    Dave Butler offers a sports example to help investors apply discipline in a stressful market   “What do you regard as the most difficult period in the financial markets during your 25 years in the ...Read More

  • Wells Fargo: A Deeper Look at the Performance

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    by Tom Allen and Mark Hebner — Thursday, March 31, 2016

    Wells Fargo is one of the largest institutions in the world. In fact, it is considered a Systematically Important Financial Institution (SIFI), in which its failure could potentially lead to a much larger ...Read More

  • How To Read Your Form 1099 Composite

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    by Tom Allen and Mark Hebner — Friday, March 18, 2016

    As we approach tax day (April 18th, 2016), we wanted to take the time to go over the 1099 Forms that have been provided to our clients by Fidelity, Schwab, and TD Ameritrade. If you haven’t received this ...Read More

  • The $1 Million Dollar Bet: Buffett Winning Big

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    by Tom Allen and Mark Hebner — Wednesday, March 16, 2016

    Warren Buffett is considered a household name amongst the investment community. The famed investor and third richest man on planet earth is well-known for his investing acumen. Although he has had long-term ...Read More

  • Diversification: Expanding the Opportunity Set!

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    by Tom Allen and Mark Hebner — Monday, March 7, 2016

    “Diversification is your buddy!” – Merton Miller, Nobel Laureate Diversification means different things to different people. Some people understand the timeless adage of “don’t ...Read More

  • The Leap Year Approach to Investing

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    by Tom Allen and Mark Hebner — Thursday, March 3, 2016

    2016 marks another special year for those who happened to have a significant event, like a birthday or wedding anniversary, fall on February 29th. The Leap Year, which is that extra day that we get every 4 ...Read More

  • Quantifying the Value of Tax Loss Harvesting: An Update

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    by Tom Allen and Mark Hebner — Monday, February 29, 2016

    In August of 2014 we released a study that attempted to quantify the value of providing tax loss harvesting services using a data sample from our own clients’ experiences. As we mentioned in the original ...Read More

  • Volatility is a Good Thing!

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    by Tom Allen and Mark Hebner — Tuesday, February 23, 2016

    Many readers may call us crazy, but hear us out. The beginning of 2016 has been tumultuous to say the least. Concerns over China’s transition from an export based economy to a more developed economy ...Read More

  • Oil Prices and Equity Returns

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    by Tom Allen and Mark Hebner — Friday, February 19, 2016

    No doubt one of the biggest stories over the last 18 months has been oil. Currently, oil prices (as measured by the WTI Crude Index) are at levels we haven’t seen for almost 13 years. While many see ...Read More

  • Good Advice

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    by Mark Hebner — Wednesday, February 17, 2016

    In today’s climate of one-page financial plans, bargain-basement fund pricing and automated investment tools, you may wonder whether you still need a living, breathing financial adviser. You do. But with ...Read More

  • Low Future Economic Growth and Expected Returns

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    by Tom Allen and Mark Hebner — Tuesday, February 16, 2016

    We have recently come across a series of articles that are giving warning about the near future of slowed economic growth, high levels of volatility, and potentially lower returns from stocks and bonds. ...Read More

  • Are You Saving Too Little or Too Much for Retirement?

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    by Tom Allen and Mark Hebner — Wednesday, February 10, 2016

    How do we enjoy our resources today without sacrificing future financial security? What is the delicate tradeoff between current and future consumption? These questions are extremely important. At one extreme ...Read More

  • The Retirement Plan Puzzle: Advisor is the Key Piece

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    by Tom Allen and Mark Hebner — Friday, January 29, 2016

    The retirement plan industry has come out of the shadows in the last three decades. For the better half of the last century, the topic of retirement plans could have rivaled watching the grass grow in terms of ...Read More