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6/28/2019

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Don't Rely on Luck to Reach Your Investment Goals

Investing gurus like Warren Buffett and Peter Lynch make beating the market look easy, but they each use well-thought-out processes for selecting their portfolios, and they were able to stick with their processes over the long term. That is the key to achieving investing goals.

5/31/2019

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Explaining the Struggles of Value Investing

As value investors are acutely aware, the strategy has struggled, and there's an ongoing debate about whether it will ever get fixed. It's not that value hasn't fallen out of favor before, but over the long-long-term, it has proven to be a winning bet. So, is something different about now? We take a look in our latest newsletter.

5/3/2019

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The Mechanics of Value Investing

Value investing was popularized by Benjamin Graham and, later, Warren Buffett, but it isn't always clear the best way to go about it. Different views on what value investing means have sprouted up over the years, and following any one path can lead to different outcomes than another one.

4/5/2019

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How ETFs Work

Exchange traded funds are a hit with investors, who have put billions of dollars into them over the years creating a fast-growing corner of the investment product market. But investors may not understand exactly how ETFs work, and that makes the ETF industry ripe for conspiracy theories. In this week's issue, we dispel some of the myths.

3/22/2019

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Balancing the Simple and the Complex

It's a particular talent to be able to take a complex thing and simplify it so anyone can understand it. But it's very human to associate complexity with intelligence. If something takes a lot of steps and requires complicated analysis and strategic planning, it must somehow be better. Sometimes that is true, but a lot of other times we run the risk of overthinking it. Simple can be the best approach, even when it comes to investing.

3/8/2019

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Lessons From Buffett

From 1965 through the end of 2018, Berkshire's A shares have a compounded return of 20.6% versus 9.7% for the S&P 500. It also has the highest Sharpe ratio (a measure of risk adjusted performance) out of any stock that has traded for 40 years. In our latest newsletter, we look at the key drivers of that performance.

2/22/2019

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The Search for Alpha

It isn't easy to beat the market. Over the long term only a few investors have been able to outpace it, consistently producing market-beating gains. But that hasn't deterred stock pickers from trying to generate alpha. They arm themselves with sophisticated models, hunting for overlooked opportunities and hoping the crowd doesn't catch on. But this becomes a self-fulfilling cycle. As the skill of managers rise and the tools improve, it becomes harder and harder to distinguish the talented from the rest of the crowd.

2/8/2019

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The Case Against Value Stocks

Confirmation bias is one of the biggest problems in investing. We all have a set of core beliefs, and we tend to surround ourselves with people who also believe them and focus on information that validates them. But it is important to understand the other side. In this issue, we take a look at the argument against value investing.

1/25/2019

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The Challenges of Multi Factor Investing

An investment strategy based on well-tested factors like value, momentum and quality has worked for some of Wall Street's most famous investors, but history also shows taken one at a time each can seriously underperform the market for an extended time. There is a way to smooth out the returns of any individual factor by combining them into a multi-factor portfolio, which reduces risk and can produce comparable returns. But it can be a complicated process. In this issue, we look at the challenges of building multi-factor portfolios.

1/11/2019

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The Hazards of Timing Factors

One of the first things investors learn is to buy low and sell high. It applies to simple stock investing and it's tempting to think it can be applied to factor investing, too. Cheap value stocks should, in theory, eventually rebound. So it makes sense to buy them up and wait it out. It equally makes sense to pare back exposure to factors that have had a long period of significant outperformance, like growth and momentum stocks. But this simple idea is easier said than done.