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Passing Shots

The Fifth Set Blog

Topics: Active vs Passive, Asset Allocation, Bonds, Efficient Market Hypothesis, Evidence-Based Investing, Index Investing, Portfolio Management, Uncategorized

Investors Are Usually Wrong

In a recent New York Times article, Jeff Sommer, discussed the implications of new data from Dalbar, a research firm that studies the behavior of mutual fund investors.  Their latest research shows that over the past 10 years, stock investors under-performed the S&P 500 by  …read more »

Why an Allocation to Bonds Always Makes Sense

A decline in stock prices during a bout of market volatility often elicits the comment that “this is a buying opportunity because markets always bounce back”.  From a historical perspective, that’s generally been true but is it possible for a stock drop to be something  …read more »

How Difficult is it to be a Superstar Bond Fund Manager?

A recent Wall Street Journal article, “New Fund Stars Ride Junk Bonds to the Top”, profiles several bond funds which have drawn in large sums of investor assets since the financial crisis, in part, by delivering higher than expected returns from safe fixed income investments.  …read more »

Broker Conflicts of Interest and Municipal Bond Investments

Is it a coincidence that seemingly every prospective client’s taxable account currently managed by a brokerage firm includes the same two security types; expensive actively-managed equity mutual funds and individual municipal bonds? Viewed through the lens of massive conflicts of interest, it’s easy to see  …read more »

Why Your Bond Allocation Matters

On May 2nd, 2013, the yield on the 10 year Treasury bond closed at 1.63%.  By June 4th, the yield had risen to 2.14%, a 31% increase in rates over a little more than a month.  Basic bond math shows that as yields rise, bond  …read more »