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  • September 13, 2016

    When is a Dollar Worth Less than a Dollar?

    The answer is: when access to that dollar causes taxation. Examples include a regular retirement account or an appreciated asset. Withdrawals from some retirement accounts such as Roth accounts and IRAs funded with after-tax contributions are not generally taxable. But this discussion focuses on the vast majority of retirement plans ...

  • September 7, 2016

    When is a Dollar Worth More than a Dollar?

    The answer is: When that dollar is in account where is can be accumulated and/or accessed free of taxation. A Roth IRA provides both such Federal income tax benefits. The tax advantages of a both tax-free accumulation and tax-free withdrawal can be huge and can last for over a century if ...

  • August 23, 2016

    Economic Policy Risk and Financial Markets

    Much is being said about the potential effects of the U.S. Presidential election this fall. Concerns abound about the potentially devastating effects of “higher taxes and bigger government” if Clinton wins or “trade wars” if Trump wins. I think we have little to worry about. I believe that our only ...

  • July 12, 2016

    Market Volatility can be Predictable

    Market volatility, often measured as the standard deviation of stock market returns, varies from low levels during calm economic times to high levels during periods of great economic uncertainty or market distress. Volatility can be predicted even in an informationally efficient market. For example, a corporation’s stock should be expected ...

  • July 5, 2016

    Optimal Diversification

    Diversification is one of the most important and reliable methods of enhancing risk-adjusted investment performance. Diversification occurs when assets with imperfectly correlated returns are combined into a portfolio. Diversification reduces risk and can do so without reducing expected returns. Three critical questions arise in trying to diversify optimally or ideally: how ...

  • June 28, 2016

    Tail Risk Matters

    Tail risk is the chance of extremely large losses. Systematic tail risk is the chance of extremely large portfolio losses due to large declines in one or more major financial markets, especially equity markets. Recent advances in finance research are revealing the importance of tail risk in pricing assets and ...

  • June 13, 2016

    HOW TO SELECT A CLOSED END MUTUAL FUND

    In a previous article named “The ABCs of Closed End Mutual Funds” I discussed the basic differences between closed end funds and ordinary open end funds including the key concept that closed end funds can often be traded at market prices that are discounted from the fund’s NAV (net asset ...

  • June 13, 2016

    GETTING THE MOST OUT OF DIVERSIFICATION

    Diversification is one of the most important and reliable methods of enhancing risk-adjusted investment performance. But can we diversify in a way that gives our portfolios the best reductions in risk? In this article I discuss which securities to select and how to weight them. Diversification occurs when assets with imperfectly ...

  • June 7, 2016

    Rates v. Prices and Market Efficiency

    Informational market efficiency is the concept that financial values reflect available information. For example, a financial value is informationally efficient with respect to underlying fundamental information if that fundamental information (e.g., financial statements) cannot be used to generate improved risk-adjusted returns. Prices that are not informationally efficient offer investors the ...

  • May 31, 2016

    Random Walks and Market Efficiency

    A financial value is a random walk if its next change in value is not related to, predicted better with or explained by, any previous changes in value. If a financial value follows a random walk then the market for that value is informationally efficient (more precisely, weak-form efficient) with ...

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