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Tried and True Money Advice from Warren Buffett

When it comes to financial wisdom, few people merit as much attention as Warren Buffett. The man renowned as the “Sage of Omaha” built a billion-dollar empire from scratch, all the while...

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The Power of Effective Diversification

Diversification is one of the most misunderstood concepts in investing.

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The Pension Dilemma

America’s largest pension fund, the California Public Employees Retirement System (CALPERS), reported a 1% return on its investments for the 12 months that ended June 30, 2012.  This disappointing...

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Safety Not Guaranteed

I haven’t seen it yet,  but I love the conceit behind the indie film Safety Not Guaranteed, which has opened to excellent reviews.  The words of the title are found in a mysterious classified ad...

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Why Doesn't Everyone Use Passive Investing?

If passive investing is so successful, why is it that so few investors actually use this approach to construct and manage their portfolios?

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From the Portfolioist Bookshelf: "The Clash of Generations" by Laurence J. Kotlikoff and Scott Burns

I have just finished reading The Clash of Generations: Saving Ourselves, Our Kids, and Our Economy, the new book authored by Boston University Economics professor Laurence Kotlikoff and well-known...

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Are 401(k) Fees Consuming 30% of Our Lifetime Savings?

There is a story getting considerable coverage this week about a study that finds that an average family may end up having 30% less in total lifetime accumulated wealth in their 401(k) plans due...

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We Have Met The Enemy And He Is Us

Psychologist Walter Mischel’s famous 1972 marshmallow experiment, was designed to study children’s ability to defer gratification.  In the actual experiment, the researchers analyzed how long each...

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The Facebook IPO: Why Gambling with Your Portfolio Rarely Pays Off

In the academic finance world, it’s fairly common to find comparisons of investors to gamblers and certain types of stocks have been referred to as ‘lottery tickets.’ I’ve found that this...

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Are We Hard-Wired To Make Bad Financial Choices?

Proper financial planning that provides for our financial needs in retirement is perhaps the prototypical example of willful blindness. We all know that most people have not saved enough to...

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