Financial services firms frequently develop new investment strategies and bring them to market. The latest financial inventions include alternative indexing, fundamental indexing, and smart beta, to name a few. Many sponsors of funds and ETFs based on these strategies make … Read more
I learned early in my life that humility is an important virtue regardless of the endeavor. Receiving the occasional B when I had expected an A or enduring a loss when my team was a heavy favorite taught me that … Read more
When I was growing up, the shopping authority in my family was Consumer Reports. As we shopped for cars, washing machines, or cassette players with Dolby stereo, we’d wield the magazine like a talisman to protect us from lemons.… Read more
It’s hot stove season and time to talk about the baseball season gone by and the promise for our favorite teams in 2014 and beyond. It was an exciting year—tight wild-card races, a play-in game, a back-and-forth World Series, as … Read more
Paul Volcker, the former Federal Reserve chairman, famously said in 2009 that the most important financial innovation over the past 20 years was the invention of the ATM. Perhaps if he had looked back an additional 20 years, he might … Read more
Our mothers always taught us that “everyone else is doing it” isn’t a good reason to do something. But when it comes to IRA contributions, it looks like “everyone else” may actually be right.
Retirement is expensive. IRAs are one … Read more
If you’re not a retirement savings “geek” like me, you may have missed the news that the IRS increased contribution limits for IRAs this year. It’s the first increase we’ve seen since 2008. In 2013, the limits increase to $5,500 … Read more
A few weeks ago, I competed in the season-ending doubles championship at a local tennis club. In the first round, my partner and I lost a tough three-setter to a talented father-son duo.
Now in his 80s, the father had … Read more
It seems that not a day goes by that I don’t see a headline about the soaring costs of college or the crippling debt facing many students upon earning their degree. My thoughts immediately go to my sister and brother-and-law, … Read more