I’ve mentioned in several previous posts that the anxiety about 401(k) balances has been largely overstated, in part because of the beneficial effects of ongoing contributions and diversified portfolios. This point has come across as Pollyanna-ish to some of you, … Read more
Yearly Archives: 2009
Every year, many investors find themselves “buying a distribution” and incurring liabilities that could have been avoided or at least deferred.
Tax law requires that realized gains in a portfolio be distributed at least annually, typically in December. If you’re … Read more
The issues aren’t quite the same as those one faces when considering the deepest aspects of personal faith and religious doctrine, but a “Roth conversion” can pose some difficult issues for investors nonetheless. And we’re going to hear much more … Read more
We’re coming to the close of 2009. It’s been an eventful year, a year of change, and over the next few weeks you’ll be seeing a lot of articles putting it all in perspective.
It’s also the close of the … Read more
Jeremy Siegel has a recent piece in the Financial Times that restates his view that stocks are the most appropriate investment for investors with a long horizon. I wonder how most of you look at this issue, especially after the … Read more
I’m a little tired of reading about how “buy and hold” is dead, and diversification doesn’t work, and how “target-date funds don’t work,” and that there was too much risk, especially for pre-retirees, in these balanced funds. These stories seem … Read more