Beyond the Ivory Tower
For three decades, Jim Poterba has studied how taxation affects household and business decision-making. The big takeaway for financial advisors: one size does not fit all.
The End of Growth?
While Americans may regard a rising standard of living as their birthright, a provocative new academic paper suggests economic growth may be a thing of the past.
Five Good Questions for Michael Kitces of Pinnacle
The portfolio expert shares his views on wealth management, the 4% rule and a variety of other financial-planning hot topics.
Why So Many Americans Die Poor, and Other Big Retirement Questions: MIT’s Poterba
Can the elderly withstand the financial impact of health shocks? Is the annuity puzzle really so puzzling? These are just some of the key questions that award-winning economist James Poterba has investigated.
Can the elderly withstand the financial impact of health shocks? Is the annuity puzzle really so puzzling? Will the...
Half of Americans Die With Almost No Assets
A disturbing study from three Ivy League researchers finds that almost half of Americans die owning less than $10,000.
Pop That Oil Bubble
The oil market has been in a bubble stage for a decade.
The Dow and 7 Days of Disaster
Disasters affect financial markets from Pearl Harbor to Fukushima, but what role does human behavior play in market successes and failures?
Top 15 Best Paying College Degrees: 2012
With the rise in college tuition showing no sign of slowing down, a new, wide-ranging paper offers a tool for grads, or those choosing a degree, to figure out what their degrees might be worth.
Dr. Kent Smetters: The 2012 IA 25 Extended Profile
A good argument could be made for excluding Wharton professor Kent Smetters from the IA 25.
BlackRock, Harvard: Retirees Don’t Know What They Want, but It Might Be Annuities
“You don’t get a radically different answer when you change the wording of a question about whether you want chocolate or vanilla ice cream, but with annuities you do,” says Harvard professor David Laibson.