Average Returns, Rarer Than You Think
Plus, the average investor realizes returns of about 3.7%. Why? Because they chase alpha and fail rather than aim for beta and succeed.
3 IRA Distribution Mistakes to Avoid
Distributions from IRA accounts often appear to be simple — and they can be — but they also can be surprisingly complex.
Algorithms Will Make JPMorgan Less Bad
JPMorgan is using algorithms "to identify rogue employees" to minimize costs and maximize ROE (and bonuses). That happens to coincide with regulatory goals.
SEC to RIAs: Beware the Ides of ‘May’
Recent SEC enforcement actions should prompt advisors to review their Form ADV for a potentially dangerous word—“may”—relating to compensation and conflicts of interest.
What Facebook’s Future Holds for Advisors
Facebook’s plans may directly affect advisors’ business and will surely shape their social media strategies. Then there are the compliance and robo-advisor implications.
When Stock Appreciates: Rethinking Clients’ GRAT Asset Allocations
Many clients who established grantor retained annuity trusts (GRATs) are now experiencing seller’s remorse—especially those clients who funded a GRAT with appreciating stock.
NAPFA, Take 2: Just Say ‘No’ to Politics
The response to my suggestion that NAPFA not get involved with protesting Indiana's law graphically illustrates my point.
Financial Freedom Fighters: Moving From Income to Wealth
Planner Deborah Owens is helping women and minorities adjust to the "new financial normal," where much financial responsibility lies on them.
The S&P 500’s Dubious Anniversary: Ritholtz
The S&P 500 index looked very different 27 years ago than it does today, Barry Ritholtz writes.
High-Deductible Health Plans Can Unlock HSA Strategy for Older Clients
HDHPs are on the rise — a trend that can open the door to powerful planning techniques.