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Ignoring Fees Doesn’t Beat the Market

A large asset manager has claimed their funds beat the S&P 500 93% of the time. Unfortunately, that's only true without accounting for fees. Preston McSwain explores what to learn from this exercise.

Three Lessons from the Bernie Madoff Scandal

Norb Vonnegut culls three lessons from HBO's recent Bernie Madoff biopic. Taken together, they serve as a renewed prompt for investors to consider low-cost index funds. After all, these funds are hardly exclusive. The world is vetting them constantly. So long as investors reinvest dividends and other cash flows back into the funds, the annualized returns are a real measure of investment performance: What you see is what you get. And what’s better than that?

Book Review: Household Finance

Household finance was once the investment and planning wallflower, but this is no longer the case. Stacked vertically, these three tomes, numbering about 1,000 pages each, could well serve as a footstool. And just as a footstool provides access to something otherwise out of reach, this extensive collection affords readers access to a rich chronology of developments in this field hitherto dispersed in academic journals.

Women and Millennials: What Do They Want?

Knowing our clients is the best way to retain them, especially when it comes to women and millennials, who together represent over 60% of the adult population, says Barbara Stewart, CFA.

Differentiate Yourself: Building a Client-Oriented Culture

What do you need to do to survive in the wealth management industry today? Two words: Differentiate yourself. That was the message delivered by Isaac Presley, CFA, Blair duQuesnay, CFA, and John T. Elmes II, CFA, during a discussion on building a client-oriented culture at the 70th CFA Institute Annual Conference in Philadelphia.

How to Manage Clients’ Emotional Reactions to Market Stress

Identifying a client’s emotional profile and understanding how those emotions influence financial decisions can help advisers keep the client on course through difficult times.

The Stampede into ESG

The recent stampede of asset managers into environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investing is reminiscent of another time and another industry, says Christopher K. Merker, PhD, CFA.

The Retirement Gender Gap: Saving, Risk, and Guaranteed Income

“The big fear society has is your standard of living is going to drop dramatically [in retirement]. And that’s what clients come to you and ask for help on,” says Diane Garnick, chief income strategist and managing director for TIAA (Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association). So what does the retirement data say? One of the most worrisome trends is the gender retirement gap.

Trust and Fiduciary Services: Questions to Consider

We are socialized to believe that we get what we pay for. In the case of trustee and planning services, does the lack of a stated fee imply to clients that these services have little value? Preston McSwain offers his perspective.

The Active Equity Renaissance: Behavioral Financial Markets

Jason Voss, CFA, and C. Thomas Howard have questioned many orthodoxies of modern portfolio theory (MPT). But what do they propose to take their place? Behavioral finance.



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