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Topics: Active Management, Asset Allocation, Diversification, Efficient Market Hypothesis, Evidence-Based Investing, Index Investing, Long-term investing, Portfolio Management, Uncategorized

Will FAANG Stocks Continue their Dominant Outperformance?

Much has been made of the recent performance of large U.S. technology stocks.  In particular, the performance of the FAANG[1] stocks has captured the imagination of many investors. To frame the discussion, let us look at how FAANG stocks have performed compared to standard benchmarks  …read more »

The S&P 500 is at Record Levels…Five Key Takeaways for Investors

On February 19th, 2020, the S&P 500 index closed at 3,386.15.  That marked the highpoint before the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent global economic collapse drove the U.S. stock market down 33% in a little over a month.  On August 18th, 2020, amid the continuing twin  …read more »

Independent Investment Advisor Firms and the Paycheck Protection Program – Fifth Set’s View

As the U.S. and rest of the world continues to struggle with the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), a federal loan program designed to help small businesses in the U.S., has created a conundrum within the independent Registered Investment Advisor (RIA) community.  …read more »

What is Wrong with Selling Now and Getting Back in When Things are Calmer: Nothing! But Not for the Reason You Think.

Why not sell out and get back in when things are calmer?  That is the question many investors are asking as the Coronavirus-provoked market volatility continues.  At first glance, it may seem obvious why that is a bad idea.  The wisdom of holding on and  …read more »

The Coronavirus Market Meltdown Continues – Two Ways to Place the Volatility in Context

This morning global equity markets continued the recent volatility around the Coronavirus’ human and economic impacts.  As of this morning, the S&P 500 is trading down roughly 5% and since February 20th, 2020, the S&P is down roughly 17%.   The uncertainly around the virus and  …read more »

Six Quick Thoughts on the Coronavirus Market Meltdown

As I sit to write this post, the Dow Jones Industrial Average is down just less than 1,000 points.  Concerns around the impact of the Coronavirus on both human lives and economic growth is dragging down global equity markets.  Investors are understandably concerned about what  …read more »

Long-Term Equity Returns – A Reasonable Expectation

As we begin the new decade, I thought this would be a good time to consider what a reasonable long-term equity return expectation might look like. While not particularly helpful for short-term strategies, setting long-term expectations has several benefits for investors including: Long-term planning –  …read more »

The SECURE Act – Congress passes significant new retirement plan legislation

In the final session of 2019, Congress passed and the President signed, the SECURE Act (The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act), a significant piece of legislation that contains several important updates and changes for investors.  Among the most significant are the following:  …read more »

U.S. News & World Report: Ian Post on “7 Ways Millennials Are Becoming Great Investors”

Read Ian’s comments in a recent U.S. News & World Report article that looks at what we can learn from the way Millennials invest… Millennials know to start saving early. The best thing you can do for your investments is start early. “Through compounding and  …read more »

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 »