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  • September 27, 2016

    Don’t ever, ever, ever fight the Fed in the short-run

    One of the best pieces of investment philosophy is “do not fight the Fed”. This means, do not put your portfolio in a position that will be harmed by the actions of the Federal Reserve. For the past year the Fed has made it clear that they intend to raise ...

  • 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 30, 2016

    HOME COUNTRY BIAS

    Asset allocation is the most important driver of long term investment performance. One of the thorniest issues in asset allocation is the home country bias. The home country bias is the tendency of people to invest much more heavily in the financial assets of their own nation rather than spreading ...

  • 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 ...

  • August 9, 2016

    A Less-Known Federal Investment Income Tax Break

    A Less-Known Federal Investment Income Tax Break:  One of the least understood breaks on Federal taxation of investment income occurs when investors use Section 1256 contracts such as futures contracts for short-term trading. A potential advantage to using Section 1256 contracts is that net gains from trading are taxed 60% ...

  • August 2, 2016

    Federal Income Taxation of Municipal Bond Interest

    Federal Income Taxation of Municipal Bond Interest: Interest income on municipal bonds is not always free of Federal income taxation. There are three primary ways that municipal bond interest income is taxed at the Federal level. First, the interest on some municipal bonds may be deemed as being taxable by ...

  • July 26, 2016

    Taxes on Investment Income and the 3.8% Tax Surcharge

    Marginal Federal Income Taxes on Investment Income and the 3.8% Tax Surcharge: As a result of legislation regarding ObamaCare, Federal income taxes now include a 3.8% surcharge on investment income for couples who earn more than $250,000 total. Thus, at these income levels qualified dividends and long-term capital gains are ...

  • July 19, 2016

    Taxes on Investment Income and Social Security

    Perhaps the most highly taxed US citizens are middle-income social security recipients. Consider a retired couple earning $32,000 per year before including investment income. For each dollar of investment income the couple is taxed not only on the investment income but also an additional 50% on their social security income. ...

  • 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

    THE ABCs of ALTERNATIVE INVESTMENTS

    What is an alternative investment? There are many ways this question can be answered. Alternative investments are often described as any investment that is not a traditional investment such as a stock or a bond. Alternative investments are usually defined as an investment that produces

  • June 13, 2016

    HOW TO ALLOCATE ASSETS PRUDENTLY

    Asset allocation is the process by which an investor selects asset classes and decides how much to invest in each class such as domestic equities, international equities, real estate, taxable bonds, municipal bonds, money market securities. On the other hand, security selection is the process of choosing which securities to ...

  • 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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