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You and the Financial Media

In our last post > in which we celebrated Dr. Eugene Fama’s Nobel prize, we described how we relish our role of helping investors arrive at a disciplined strategy to carry them through toward their personal goals … come what may. As “come what may” unfolds, it is the duty and privilege of the financial media to report on it, and we would not want to be without that. But in a world of sources ranging from reliable to raving, how do you know which financial news warrants your attention, and which does not? Thinly Veiled Infomercials In newspapers and magazines,...
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Investing is Academic

In our last post, “ What’s Pizza Got To Do With Investing? ” we shared insights from a recent Dimensional Fund Advisors article on the value of adopting a sound, academic-based investment strategy instead of succumbing to popular financial cravings. An  October 14 press release from the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences  further underscored the timeless value of this advice, when University of Chicago Professor and Dimensional Fund Advisors board member  Eugene F. Fama, was named a co-recipient of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences , in recognition for his contributions to the “empirical analysis of asset prices.”  In our...
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What's Pizza Got to do with Investments

In our daily diets, we’re used to making choices between what’s good for us and what tastes good at the time. We know we should reach for that fresh, crisp apple. But, my, doesn’t that apple pie à la mode look good? Investing is like that too. Even though we know it makes sense to stick with a healthy, well-balanced portfolio, it’s human nature to crave something tastier in the form of that latest hot stock tip or “New & Improved” Initial Public Offering. I was reminded of this truism when Dimensional Fund Advisors’ Vice President Jim Parker published his recent...
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Investment and Life Wisdom from Swedroe and Buffett

Whether you’re an investment novice or a seasoned veteran, it’s easy to forget: Investing is not about the money; it’s about how we employ it to enjoy a finer life. That’s the“why”behind all the financial wherefores, and why I am endorsing a newly published book by seasoned financial author Larry Swedroe: Think, Act, and Invest Like Warren Buffett .  I’ve enjoyed Swedroe’s previously published books, but I especially liked his most recent read because, well, it’s short. And to the point. He leads with what I feel investors today are critically in need of: “ Think, Act and Invest Like Warren...
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