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2016: Surprising Events, Predictable Lessons Learned

2016 was an interesting year, filled with many outcomes that none of us would have predicted this time last year. Dimensional Fund Advisors' Wes Wellington summed it up well in his own year-end review . "Every year brings its share of surprises. But how many of us could have imagined that 2016 would see the Chicago Cubs win the World Series, Bob Dy...
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Gifts from the Market

With three young kids in our house, Christmas morning is chaotic, to say the least. Each year, it seems my children set new personal speed records on gift-opening. Despite the pace, once all the wrapping paper settles, no gift is ever left unopened. I wish I could say the same for stock market participants. Too often, I see investors fail to captur...
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Thankful Thinking

Just as it's best to engage in year-round tax planning instead of waiting for April Fool's Day, we'd probably all be better off if we maintained a continuous "attitude of gratitude." Still, it doesn't hurt to have at least one day of the year officially dedicated to being thankful, to remind us of what we should be practicing all the time. Better l...
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Politics, Markets and You

​ As we commented in a recent letter to our clients, "To say that it's been a crazy election year would be a vast understatement." So, as November 8 draws nigh, we won't try to speculate on the outcome of all the excitement. That said, we are in a much better position to comment on how important it is to not allow your political leanings to ha...
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