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Catchphrase Investing

by Jim Parker VP, Dimensional Fund Advisors The financial media is drawn to catchphrases, acronyms, and buzzwords that can be sold as the new thing. FAANG (Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, and Google) is the latest of these. But does this … Continue reading >

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My Thoughts on Bitcoin

by George M. Smith Every day we are hearing more about cryptocurrencies and the growing popularity.  Two days ago Bitcoin, the most popular cryptocurrency, hit an all-time high price of $10,000.  For 2017 that reflects about a 900% increase, a … Continue reading >

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Crisis Not Required

by George M. Smith One great thing about America that we see over and over again is the comradery, community and self-sacrifice during and after disasters and traumatizing situations.  Just this year alone we’ve seen this played out countless times … Continue reading >

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Quarterly Market Report – Q3 2017

Take a look at the slides linked below featuring capital market performance and historical timelines of financial events for Q3 2017. The report also features a discussion called “Quit Monkeying Around” on the importance of asset diversification and the folly … Continue reading >

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Lost at Sea

By George M. Smith In 1992 Frank Michael (Mike) Plant was lost at sea while making a solo trek across the Atlantic Ocean from New York harbor to Les Sables d’Olonne, France.  By all accounts he was an accomplished sailor … Continue reading >

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Lessons for the Next Crisis

This article from Dimensional addresses the benefits of being invested for the long term over the short term. It’s essential that investors have a plan before investing so that they stay the course during all market cycles, especially downturns. Lessons … Continue reading >

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Does Volatility Really Matter?

by George M. Smith As the market is hovering around all-time highs there has been increasing commentary on volatility. Simply put, volatility measures the degree of peaks and valleys a stock, bond or other investment experiences. Naturally, high volatility results … Continue reading >

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Quit Monkeying Around!

In the world of investment management there is an oft-discussed idea that blindfolded monkeys throwing darts at pages of stock listings can select portfolios that will do just as well, if not better, than both the market and the average … Continue reading >

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Can Your Portfolio Survive the Fire?

by George M. Smith During a recent trip to Chicago I took advantage of some free time from a conference to take in some of the local sites which included the Chicago Water Tower.  If you’ve never seen it the … Continue reading >

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Quarterly Market Review (Q2-2017)

Please see the slides linked below featuring world capital market performance and a timeline of events for the past quarter. It begins with a global overview, then features the returns of stock and bond asset classes in the US and international … Continue reading >

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