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April 16, 2014 Global Tax Rates - P.J. DiNuzzo

April 10, 2014 Quarter-End Market Report - 1st Quarter, 2014 - P.J. DiNuzzo

April 1, 2014 What??! The Stock Market is Rigged??? - P.J. DiNuzzo

March 27,2014 The Dangers of Intinctive Investing - P.J. DiNuzzo

March 25, 2014 Complex Conversion Calculations - P.J. DiNuzzo

March 20, 2014 Fed Moves Markets - Yet Again - P.J. DiNuzzo

March 6, 2014 The Optimistic Data You Never See - P.J. DiNuzzo

March 4, 2014 20 things you probably don't know about the Russian incursion into the Ukraine - P.J. DiNuzzo

February 27, 2014 What About MyRA? - P.J. DiNuzzo

February 20, 2014 GDP Growth vs the Markets - P.J. DiNuzzo

February 2, 2014 Such a Deal... - P.J. DiNuzzo

January 31, 2014 Has a Correction Started?  Does it Matter? - P.J. DiNuzzo

January 30, 2014 Bogus Effect - P.J. DiNuzzo

January 9, 2014 2013 Year-end Market Review - P.J. DiNuzzo

December 20, 2013 Let the Taper Begin - P.J. DiNuzzo

October 22, 2013 Tax Reform Delayed - P.J. DiNuzzo

October 18, 2013 A Collective Yawn - P.J. DiNuzzo

October 15, 2013 Congratulations Eugene Fama on Winning the 2013 Nobel Prize in Economics! - P.J. DiNuzzo

October 1, 2013 Quarterly Market Update/Review - P.J. DiNuzzo

September 5, 2013 Interest Rates are Trending Up. So What? - P.J. DiNuzzo

August 20, 2013 Dividends: A Bird in the Hand - P.J. DiNuzzo

August 12, 2013 A Long-Awaited European Recovery? - P.J. DiNuzzo

August 1, 2013 New Market Highs (Yawn)... - P.J. DiNuzzo

July 26, 2013 As Detroit Goes... - P.J. DiNuzzo

July 1, 2013 Quarterly Market Update - AND - Quarterly Market Review - P.J. DiNuzzo

June 25, 2013 The Rollercoaster Effect - P.J. DiNuzzo

June 20, 2013 The Value of Education - P.J. DiNuzzo

June 13, 2013 Sell in May? Not So Fast - P.J. DiNuzzo

June 4, 2013 The Underground Recovery - P.J. DiNuzzo

May 28, 2013 Real Banking Reform - P.J. DiNuzzo

May 21, 2013 Investing by Population - P.J. DiNuzzo

May 14, 2013 Lower Deficits and Bad Data - P.J. DiNuzzo

May 7, 2013 Getting Things Done in Washington - P.J. DiNuzzo

Apr. 27, 2013 Bitcoins and Tulips - P.J. DiNuzzo

Apr. 23, 2013 Deceptive Marketing: How some advisors make themselves look better than they are. - P.J. DiNuzzo

Apr. 16, 2013 Infinite Duration, Substantial Risk - P.J. DiNuzzo

Apr. 9, 2013 Doomsday Prophecy - P.J. DiNuzzo

Mar. 21, 2013 The Fed's Surprising Profitablilty - P.J. DiNuzzo

Mar. 20, 2013 The Pope as CEO - P.J. DiNuzzo

Mar. 19, 2013 Island of Debt - P.J. DiNuzzo

Mar. 13, 2013 Coming Soon to a Headline Near You - P.J. DiNuzzo

Mar. 13, 2013 Dow 20,000? Not Quite Yet! - Jay Franklin

Mar. 12, 2013 What Is Your Fund's Active Share, and Should You Care? - Jay Franklin

Feb. 14, 2013 Betting against the House - Weston Wellington

Feb. 11, 2013 Unrealized Capital Gains vs. Investment Gains: An Important Distinction - Jay Franklin

Feb. 5, 2013 Betting Against Buffett: So Far Not So Good - Jay Franklin

Jan. 23, 2013 What Some People Will Do to Beat the Market! - Jay Franklin

Jan. 18, 2013 Economic Forecasting and Market-Timing: Stay Clear of It! - Jay Franklin

Jan. 11, 2013 2012: Another Dismal Year for Active Managers and Market Predictors - Jay Franklin

Jan. 11, 2013 IFA's Concerns with Laddered Bond Portfolios

Jan. 8, 2013 The Fallacy of Predictions - P.J. DiNuzzo

Jan. 7, 2013 2012: The Year It Didn't Happen - Weston Wellington

Jan. 5, 2013 The Fiscal Cliff Act - P.J. DiNuzzo

Jan. 3, 2013 2012 - Year End Market Review - P.J. DiNuzzo

Jan. 3, 2013 2012: The Year in Review - Jay Franklin

Dec. 21, 2012 New Website to Help Stop Investment Scams - Jay Franklin

Dec. 18, 2012 Arthur Wiesenberger: The Morningstar of His Day - Mark Hebner

Dec. 17, 2012 The Nobel Foundation: Isn't It Ironic Don't You Think? - Mark Hebner

Dec. 11, 2012 Ponzi Schemes After Madoff: A Sad Story Continues - Jay Franklin

Dec. 10, 2012 Forecasting Stock Market Returns: Why We Don't Do It - Jay Franklin

Nov. 30, 2012 Tax Rates and Stock Returns - Jay Fanklin

Nov. 29, 2012 What a License Plate Reveals - Jay Franklin

Nov. 20, 2012 Client Article: Negotiating A Path Away From the Edge - P.J. DiNuzzo

Nov. 9, 2012 Warren Buffett, Market Efficiency and the Disappearance of Alpha

Nov. 7, 2012 Post-Election Politics: The 30-Year Mission - P.J. DiNuzzo

Nov. 6, 2012 Deja Vu: Sandy and the Great Blizzard of 1888 - Mark Hebner

Nov. 2, 2012 Sandy's Impact - P.J. DiNuzzo

Nov. 2, 2012 The One Percent Solution - P.J. DiNuzzo

Nov. 2, 2012 The Changeing Value of a Dollar - P.J. DiNuzzo

Nov. 1, 2012 The 7 Most Important Equations for Your Retirement - A New Book by Moshe Milevsky

Oct. 26, 2012 The New UBS Mortgage REIT Leveraged ETN - Taking Risk to Dizzying Heights - Jay Franklin

Oct. 23, 2012 When Two Minuses Do Not Make a Plus - Jay Franklin

Oct. 19, 2012 The Google Earnings Debacle: The Piranhas Attack - Jay Franklin

Oct. 18, 2012 The Top Ten Money Excuses - Jim Parker

Oct. 17, 2012 Sector Rotation: A Sound Investment Approach or an Exercise in Futility? - Jay Franklin

Oct. 15, 2012 Hedge Fund Warnings from the SEC - Jay Franklin

Oct. 11, 2012 Try Candor and Humility With Your Clients - Mark Hebner on CNBC Money Talks

Oct. 4, 2012 Another Wall of Worry - Weston Wellington

Oct. 1, 2012 Quarterly Market Update - P.J. DiNuzzo

Sept 26, 2012 Does QE3 Matter to You or the Economy? - P.J. DiNuzzo

Sept 26, 2012 The Value of Estimates - P.J. DiNuzzo

Sept. 11, 2012 A Problem with Jack Bogle? I Don't Think So! - Jay Franklin

Sept. 11, 2012 Confusion of Confusions: An adaptation of the classic masterpiece by Joseph Penso (de la Vega) on the 17th century Amsterdam Stock Exchange - Jay Franklin

Aug. 16, 2012 Two Silly Predictions You Should Ignore

Aug. 15, 2012 The Massive Hypocrisy of the "Seeking Alpha" Conference

Aug. 14, 2012 Reports of the Death of Equities Have Been Greatly Exaggerated: Explaining Equity Returns

Aug, 13 2012 Amsterdam: Where It All Began, by Jay Franklin

Aug, 9 2012 The $7.8 Billion Rip-off of State Retirement Systems Has an Easy Fix

Aug, 7 2012 Knightmare on Wall Street, by Weston Wellington, DFA

Aug, 6 2012 Pension-Gate Continues - Maryland has been Called Out, by Jay Franklin

Aug, 2 2012 Caught Short! A Saga of Wailing Wall Street, by Jay Franklin

July 28, 2012 The Greatest Hits of Investing, by Brad Steiman, DFA

July 27, 2012 Where are the Customers' Yachts? or A Good Hard Look at Wall Street - Jay Franklin

July 9, 2012 Jobs Perspective - P.J. DiNuzzo

July 9, 2012 Medical Insurance Tax Penalties - P.J. DiNuzzo

July 9, 2012 New Tax, New Planning - P.J. DiNuzzo

July 3, 2012 Quarterly and Mid-Year Market Update - P.J. DiNuzzo

June 29, 2012 Credit Ratings vs. Market Pricing - DFA Special Article

June 28, 2012 A Busy Week in the World of High Finance - Jay Franklin

June 27, 2012 Actively Managed Funds Continue to Lose Market Share - Jay Franklin

June 25, 2012 When Truth is Stranger than Fiction - Jay Franklin

June 25, 2012 Investing Anomalies - Roger Trinwith

June 22, 2012 Eugene Fama: Perspectives on Financial Research - Enterprising Investor

June 18, 2012 Do Active Managers Earn Their Fees? - Eugene Fama

June 18, 2012 The Eurozone and Greece: A Client Update - Dimensional

June 15, 2012 Mutual Fund Managers may owe Their Success to Luck More Than Skill, and That Luck will Turn, Research Shows - PRWEB

June 12, 2012 Index-Fund Investing: Revisiting a Piece of Investment History - Jay Franklin

June 9, 2012 Spain's Pain - P. J. DiNuzzo

June 9, 2012 IPO Winners and Losers

June 9, 2012 Bond Anomalies - P. J. DiNuzzo

June 4, 2012 The Great May Swoon - P. J. DiNuzzo

June 4, 2012 Naked Short-Selling: Two Big Wall Street Firms Get Exposed - Jay Franklin

May 24, 2012 IFA's Concerns with IPOs - Jay Franklin

May 23, 2012 A Big Bang for 401(k) Plans? - Jay Franklin

May 22, 2012 Active vs. Passive: A Deeper Look into Fixed Income - Jay Franklin

May 18, 2012 The Run That Wasn't - P. J. DiNuzzo

May 15, 2012 The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Report on Venture Capital Funds: A Cautionary Tale - Jay Franklin

May 14, 2012 An IPO to Post Home About - P. J. DiNuzzo

May 14, 2012 IFA.tv - An Hour with Harry Markowitz, Ph.D., Nobel Laureate

May 8, 2012 Brokerizing Financial Advice - P. J. DiNuzzo

May 6, 2012 IFA.tv: Interview with Dave Butler, Head of Global Financial Advisor Services for Dimensional Fund Advisors.

May 2, 2012 Mal-location of Capital - Roger Trinwith

May 2, 2012 Wall Street: the other Las Vegas - Jay Franklin

May 1, 2012 Books of the Doomsday Genre: Read This before You Read One of Them - Jay Franklin

April 19, 2012 Exchange-Traded Notes: We Hate to Say We Told You so, but... - Jay D. Franklin

April 14, 2012 Peter Lynch, His Disciples and Warren Buffett: Luck or Skill? You be the judge.

April 10, 2012 Science Meets Art: Asset Location

April 9, 2012 The Science and Art of Investing Can Harm Your Returns

March 29, 2012 Betting vs. Investing: What We Can Learn from Mega Millions - Jay D. Franklin

March 29, 2012 How I made $2,000,000 in the Stock Market - Jay D. Franklin

March 22, 2012 Betting vs. Investing: What We Can Learn from March Madness - Jay D. Franklin

March 21, 2012 Where the Money Grows - Jay D. Franklin

March 20, 2012 MF Global and the Meaning of Chutzpah - Jay D. Franklin

March 18, 2012 What can we learn from ex-Goldman exec's resignation letter? by Matt Krantz - Mark Hebner, quoted in USA Today, sounds off on Goldman Sachs

March 14, 2012 Escaping from the Great Vampire Squid - Jay D. Franklin

March 14, 2012 Active vs. Passive: The View from Standard & Poors - Jay D. Franklin

March 9, 2012 IFA.tv -Was Bill Gross Crowned Bond King Too Soon - The Role of Fixed Income - Advisor Spotlight: Gordon Shuler

March 1, 2012 Are you in a 401k plan? Visit the NEW IFA 401k site: ifa401k.com

Feb 28, 2012 The Sizzle or the Steak: Exotic Market-Linked CDs - Roger Trinwith

Feb 28, 2012 Can You Pay an Active Manager to Beat the Market for You? - Jay D. Franklin

Feb 25, 2012 IFA.tv Morningstar Managers of the Year - Show 18-2 - Mark and Tom present a variety of charts showing the performance of several mutual funds managed by individuals who were Morningstar's Manager of the Year from 1991 to 2008. See the charts here. They discuss the inception to date performance of these funds and the period after receiving their star status, showing that the funds' alphas (performance over a benchmark) over time were not statistically significant, except in one case.

Feb 23, 2012 Who Has the Midas Touch? By Weston Wellington

Feb 23, 2012 A Stock-Pickers Market? By Jay D. Franklin

Feb 21, 2012 Mark provides a voice of reason in USA Today.

Feb 19, 2012 The IFA.tv First Annual Awards Show

Feb 18, 2012 If markets are so efficient and difficult to beat, what about Peter Lynch, Bill Miller, Warren Buffett, or Sixteen Managers of the Year?

Feb 17, 2012 Invest With the Silent Minority

Feb 17, 2012 New on IFA.tv: Show 17: The Revolving Door of Fund Managers

Feb 16, 2012 Your Broker Has No Clue

Feb 15, 2012 Morningstar’s Fund Manager of the Year: A Slippery Slope

Feb 14, 2012 The End of Wall Street as We Know It - And We Feel Fine

Feb 13, 2012 An interview with Eugene Fama.

Feb 10, 2012 David Swensen Advises Index Funds

Feb 09, 2012 New on IFA.tv: Show 16: Style Drifters

Feb 07, 2012 Tough Times for American Funds

Feb 06, 2012 New on IFA.tv: Show 15: Estate Planning - Basics of Estate Planning with Leslie Daff

Feb 05, 2012 New on IFA.tv: Show 14: Concerns About Hedge Funds

Feb 04, 2012 The Paradox of Skill

Feb 03, 2012 Just How Skilled of a Manager Picker Do You Need to Be?

Feb 02, 2012 Morningstar's Manager of the Year: Luck or Skill? How many years of data do you need to decide: 165, 24, 103, 77, 44, 57, 83, 35, 2,235, 60, 401, 55... Better stick with index funds. No skill or even luck required.

Feb 02, 2012 Carnival of Passive Investing - Business Insider

Jan 31, 2012 The Hedge Fund Mirage: The Illusion of Big Money and Why It’s Too Good to Be True

Jan 28, 2012 New on IFA.tv: Show 12: Sarah Simoneaux on IFA 401(k) and Show 13: The New Condensed Book

Jan 27, 2012 What You Can Learn From Suze Orman's Mistakes

Jan 25, 2012 Dirty Tricks Brokers Use to Get Your Business 

Jan 20, 2012 The Right Focus Can Improve Your 2012 Returns

Jan 19, 2012 IFA.tv - Faces of Dimensional

Jan 19, 2012 Embrace Uncertainty

Jan 19, 2012 Hedge of Darkness

Jan 19, 2012 Problems with Private Equity Performance

Jan 18, 2012 Year of the Yo-Yo - The New Yorker

Jan 12, 2012 Tilting Towards Small Cap Stocks: Is It Still Worthwhile?

Jan 12, 2012 Is Your Brain a Barrier to Smart Investing? - mintlife.com

Jan 11, 2012 Take Steps Now to Help Build a Retirement Nest Egg - Matt Krantz, USA Today

Jan 11, 2012 Inefficient, Schminefficient - WSJ article

Jan 11, 2012 2011 Winners Can Make You a 2012 Loser

Jan 10, 2012 Active Mutual Funds Stink Worse Than Ever - Forbes

Jan 09, 2012 Year-End Review

Jan 09, 2012 2011: Markets and Economies Around the World

Jan 05, 2012 The Best and Worst Sources of Financial Advice

Jan 05, 2012 Two and Twenty: So how's that working for you? The Underperformance of Hedge Funds

Jan 04, 2012 Einstein’s Theory… of Investing

Jan 03, 2012 2011: The Year in Review

Dec 30, 2011 IFA.tv Episode 10: 401k Plans: Making them successful, easy and transparent.

Dec 29, 2011 First Annual Solin Award for Worst Financial Blog

Dec 29, 2011 Is Your Brain a Barrier to Smart Investing?

Dec 29, 2011 SEC Utilizes New Technology in its Quest to Uncover Financial Fraud

Dec 28, 2011 Don't be Fooled by "Best Manager" Lists

Dec 22, 2011 IFA.tv: Episode 9: 5 Risk Factors, Riskese and Correlations

Dec 22, 2011 The Plundering of Investors is Endless

Dec 21, 2011 IFA.tv Episode 8: Year in Review: 2011 Review, Denise Delaney and Science Meets Art

Dec 21, 2011 Alpha Bits or Lucky Charms?

Dec 21, 2011 IFA.tv Episode 7: Smart Money Management: Where did the $ go? The Smartest Books, Becky Vasquez

Dec 21, 2011 Reaching for Yield: Preferred Stock

Dec 21, 2011 Reaching for Yield: High-Yield Mortgage REITs 

Dec 20, 2011 IFA.tv Episode 6: How Easy is it to Predict the Future of Your Investments?

Dec 15, 2011 Moral Hazard

Dec 12, 2011 Hedge Funds on Edge

Dec 8, 2011 International Diversification: Is It Still Worthwhile?

Dec 7, 2011 Reaching for Yield: High-Dividend Stocks

Dec 2, 2011 Is There a Manager Risk Premium?

Dec 9, 2011 Custodian Year End Deadline Reminders:

Dec 6, 2011 The first video recording of an IFA Radio show and first recording in our new IFA.tv studio.

Dec 1, 2011 www.IFA.tv -- From the televison studio in the new IFA Media Lab comes 6 new IFA.tv webcasts: Resist the Temptation!, Risk Capacity, Avoiding Style Drift, Mark Hebner's Story, The IFA.com Website, and the Value of a Passive Advisor. Stay tuned, several new webcasts are being rendered now. You can watch in HD on your computer, Kindle Fire, Android Device, iPhone or iPad and with AppleTV and Airplay, can pop them up on your TV and watch in HD. Youtube, iTunes (audio and video), and Vimeo editions coming soon.

New! Index Funds: The 12-Step Recovery Program for Active Investors - call an IFA Advisor at 888-643-3133 for a login (we would like to keep track of who gets copies) to preview the new condensed, updated and revised book. Save it as a PDF. It looks great on your computer, laptop, iPad, iPhone or Android device.

Nov 29, 2011 What Does a Winning Streak Tell Us? by Weston Wellington - Bill Miller is one of the most closely watched money managers in the industry, so it was big news when he announced his decision last week to step down as portfolio manager.

Nov 29, 2011 IFA.tv Episode 5: Active vs. Passive

Nov 29, 2011 IFA.tv Episode 4: History Counts

Nov 29, 2011 IFA.tv Episode 3: The Trouble With Manager Picking

Nov 23, 2011 IFA.tv Episode 2: The Proper Way to Invest

Nov 22, 2011 The New IFA Painting: Asset Location  An additional way that IFA can add value is not just asset allocation but asset location. Specifically, for a client that has a mixture of taxable accounts, traditional IRAs, and Roth IRAs, it is often helpful to construct a single portfolio consisting of multiple investment vehicles that are located in different accounts with the ultimate purpose of optimizing after-tax returns.

Nov 17, 2011 The building of IFA.tv Studio in the new IFA Media Lab. Near the end you can see the recording of our first IFA.tv show.

Nov 15, 2011 IFA.tv Episode 1: Mark Hebner's Story – How He Got Started

Nov 15, 2011 Reality Show for Investors: “Survivor” by Weston Wellington

Nov 11, 2011 October Fest, by Jim Parker

Nov 7, 2011 The Extraordinary Popular Delusion of Bubble Spotting - Good Luck!

Nov 7, 2011 Lessons in Mutual Funds - Byran Harris, Dimensional Fund Advisors

Nov 7, 2011 What's in Your View Finder? - Weston Wellington, Dimensional Fund Advisors

Nov 7, 2011 Reality Show for Investors: “Survivor” - Weston Wellington, Dimensional Fund Advisors

Nov 3, 2011 Stock Pickers and the Illusion of Validity

Oct 26, 2011 IFA's Concerns with ETFs

Oct 26, 2011 'Absolute return' is absolute nonsense - Investment News. This is something IFA has been saying for a long time.

Oct 15, 2011 A Golden Touch Turns Leaden, By JAMES B. STEWART - John A. Paulson made billions betting on the housing collapse. But his more recent predictions of a powerful recovery have cost him dearly.

Oct 14, 2011 New from the IFA Media Lab: Why Diversify? Stocks vs. Indexes

Sept 6, 2011 How can I tell if I'm saving enough for retirement? — USATODAY.com

Sept 5, 2011 The paper that was a major inspiration for John Bogle to create the first retail Index Fund. Challenge to Judgement: Perhaps there really are managers who can outperform the market consistently - logic would suggest that they exist. But they are remarkably well-hidden. by Paul A. Samuelson, The Journal of Portfolio Management, 1974. The evidence has grown with each passing year. - Another inspiration for Bogle: "The investment management business (it should be a profession but is not) is built upon a simple and basic belief: Professional money managers can beat the market. That premise appears to be false." The Loser's Game, 1975, by Charles Ellis

Sept 29, 2011 Bogle: "The game is rigged." - Yahoo! Finance

Sept 27, 2011 Dan Solin Interviewed on his new book.

Sept 26, 2011 Going Rogue: Share Traders More Reckless Than Psychopaths, Study Shows - Spiegel Online

Sept 26, 2011 What % of the days had positive returns? What % of rolling 60 month periods (5 years) had negative returns? Find the answers and more HERE!

Sept 24, 2011 When being passive pays off by John Collett

Sept 22, 2011 Why I stopped trying to beat the market — The Globe and Mail

Sept 19, 2011 What's the Worst That Could Happen? - P. J. DiNuzzo

Sept 9, 2011 Watch John Bogle's latest interview with WSJ.

April 19, 2011 How To Survive Stock Market Crashes, According to Mark Hebner


Sept 3, 2011 How the Index Fund Was Born Wall Street Journal, 9/3/2011 (You may need an online subscription)

Aug 22, 2011 Bipolar Investing - P. J. DiNuzzo

Aug 22, 2011 Does Active Management Protect You During Bear Markets? —CBS MoneyWatch.com

Aug 19, 2011 Madoff Whistleblower: Big Banks Are Ripping Off Pension Funds —From Daily Ticker

Aug 17, 2011 Q: What to do if you haven't saved anything for retirement? - From USA Today Ask Matt column

Aug 14, 2011 The Mutual Fund Merry-Go-Round by David Swensen and Henry Blodget's take on it: The Mutual Fund Industry is a Huge Scam That Costs Investors Billions of Dollars a Year

2010--Risk was Rewarded!
Last year, investing success came from embracing risk. Certainly, it wasn't hard to find - and DFA led the charge to come out on top in Barron's annual ranking of best fund families. Click here to read the full article.



Aug 10, 2011 A Q&A About Our Market Confusion - P. J. DiNuzzo

Aug 9, 2011 The Mother of All Overreactions - P. J. DiNuzzo

Aug 8, 2011 America's Tarnished Credit Rating - P. J. DiNuzzo

Aug 8, 2011 The Revenge of the Wall Street Rejects by Jay Franklin -What should you do today? Resist the Siren Songs of Speculation. Just Tie Yourself to the Mast and turn off the TV. - "I don’t get it. It doesn’t make sense. In Omaha, the U.S. is still triple-A rated. And if there were a quadruple-A, I’d give it to the U.S." —Warren Buffett on U.S. Treasuries, of which his Berkshire Hathaway owns more than $40 billion

Aug 7, 2011 Should We Even HAVE a Debt Ceiling - P. J. DiNuzzo

Aug 5, 2011 Flawed Investing is Depleting Pension Assets

July 28, 2011 Should you be worried about your IFA index portfolio? No. Read this classic from March 9, 2009 on the Resilience of Capitalism. Remember: the job of a free market is to set prices so investors are rewarded for the risk they bear. The news and it's implications are already baked in the cake.

July 27, 2011 Pension-Gate: An analysis of state and federal pension plans across the United States.

July 27, 2011Court Rules Kraft’s 401(k) Plan May Have Holes

July 18, 2011 Playing Chicken - P. J. DiNuzzo

July 15, 2011Investing in the Oracle of Omaha Falls Short - Also see Fortune Kookie

July 12, 2011 The Differences Between Brokers and Financial Planners

July 11, 2011 More Evidence That Managers Can Not Find Over or Under Valued Stocks

July 6, 2011Three Sources of Negative Alpha

July 5, 2011 Non-Traded REITs: One More Way for Investors to Be Parted from Their Money

July 2, 2011 Your Broker Can Aid in the War Against Terrorism

June 22, 2011 Stock Pickers Are Picking Your Pockets

June 21, 2011 Planning for Retirement? Take Off Those Rose-Colored Glasses!

June 15, 2011 Tax Rates Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow - P. J. DiNuzzo

June 9, 2011 How big of sample do you need to be statistically significant?

June 8, 2011 Vanguard's Strategy for "Beating the Market" by Dan Solin

June 7, 2011 IFA's Concerns with Currency Speculation and Trading

June 5, 2011 CALPERS Arizona Land Speculation: The Taxpayer’s Dollars Are Just Dust in the Wind - The Use of Statistics in Making Investment Decisions

May 26, 2011 Playing Chicken with the Debt Ceiling - P. J. DiNuzzo

May 25, 2011WOW! More Eye Candy Charts. 83 years of Index data, sortable by highest return per year. The Play button will auto loop the data. Click a button to see just that index. - Also see Index Portfolios in the same format.

May 24, 2011 IFA Quarterly Investment Review for First Quarter 2011

May 17, 2011 IFA's Concerns with Muni Bonds

May 3, 2011 Three milestones: CRSP Marks 50 Years - IFA achieves $1.5 Billion AUM, The IFA Index Data Series reaches 1,000 monthly returns, going all the way back to Jan 1, 1928.

April 19, 2011 How To Survive Stock Market Crashes, According to Mark Hebner

Not Only was Peter Lynch Wrong, Individual Stocks in General Are a Bad Investment, Says Index Investor Hebner

Actively Managed Mutual Funds Are Ripping You Off, Says IFA's Mark Hebner


April 2, 2011 The latest painting from IFA and Lala: Tax Loss Harvester.
Also, new chart of the Dow Jones Commodity Index.

April 1, 2011 From Dan Solin on AOL Daily Finance:
Don't Gamble When It Comes to Your Retirement

March 28, 2011  IFA is now on social media. Follow us on:

March 26, 2011 Two new incredible charts that display data on Simulated Passive Investor Experiences: Time Diversification of Index Portfolios and Histograms of Simulated Passive Investor Experiences.

March 24, 2011 Two new Blogs: Concerns with Hedge Funds and Currency Diversification

March 22, 2011 THE BIG QUESTION: What are the chances that you will run out of money in your retirement? Now IFA will estimate this probability using a Monte Carlo Analysis of the risk of ruin. Just enter your assumptions in this form. What is the Monte Carlo Method?

March 21, 2011 An Oldie but Goodie from 16 Years Ago. Rex Sinquefield explains why all the news is baked in the cake and active managers have no advantage over the combined wisdom of all the market participants.

March 16, 2011 Jay Franklin talks about the Mug's Game of Manager Picking. Dan Solin reminds you of What Really Matters.

March 15, 2011 What about inflation? - P. J. DiNuzzo

Feb 9, 2011
2010--Risk was Rewarded!
Last year, investing success came from embracing risk. Certainly, it wasn't hard to find - and DFA led the charge to come out on top in Barron's annual ranking of best fund families. Click here to read the full article.


 

March 10, 2011 Should you get out of the market? Looking over the long term, David Booth reviews the history of the stock market and highlights the importance of time, not timing, in the achieving long term investment success.
Kenneth French explains why Manager Picking is such a terrible idea.
The IFA Blog has several new posts. Risks Worth Taking by Jim Parke
Thoughts from IFA on Fools and Children by Jay Franklin
Morgan Stanley Smith Barney To Cut Up To 300 Advisors and Trainees, by Mark Hebner
The Number of Investing Suckers Is Endless by Dan Solin

March 9, 2011 The Efficient Market Hypothesis says that prices reflect all available information. In other words, the information is "Baked in the Cake". In a strict view, it says that it is impossible to beat the market. It also indicates that you are always paying a fair price. Fair prices are set so the investors are rewarded for the risk they take.


Read about Baked in the Cake
© Index Funds Advisors 2011

Feb 18, 2011 The Active Investor's Fallacy is similar to the Gambler's Fallacy, because active investors are gambling on an approximate normal distribution of future returns. The arguments for stock, time, manager or style picking are all fallacious. Visit Steps 3, 4, 5, and 6 to see why. Wiki says: In logic and rhetoric, a fallacy is incorrect reasoning in argumentation resulting in a misconception. By accident or design, fallacies may exploit emotional triggers in the listener... Fallacious arguments are often structured using rhetorical patterns that obscure the logical argument, making fallacies more difficult to diagnose.

Feb 5, 2011 Get Your Financial House in Order. Complete a Home Budget and estimate your Net Worth. Then, see if your Retirement is on Track. Print out your reports and repeat each year. If you need help, call us.

Feb 5, 2011 Wall Street Running Amok by Jay Franklin

Feb 1, 2011 The Greatest Con Game of Them All - P. J. DiNuzzo

Jan 25, 2011 Several introductions to the The 12-Step Program that Cures Active Investors.

Jan 22, 2011 Thoughts from IFA. Over last 9 yrs, 11 mos, Buffett ended up with the same return as IP45, but with almost double the risk.

Jan 20, 2011 The IFA Tax Advantage

Jan 16, 2011Why does IFA advise clients to invest in DFA funds? See this whole page of 14 new DFA videos and explanations.

Jan 15, 2011Fortune Magazine's Ten Most Admired Companies from 2001. Where are they now on the risk return scatter plot?

Jan 14, 2011 A great review of why investors should index, by Weston Wellington.

Jan 8, 2011 The Big Table of Indexes: Risk and Return of the IFA Indexes over the last 83 years.

Jan 7, 2011 Burton Malkiel: Markets Aren’t 100% Efficient But You Still Can’t Beat ‘Em - Which Country will be the next top performer? See the latest interactive chart from IFA.

Jan 5, 2011New Year's Resolutions for Investors, From Brad Steiman

Jan 3, 20112010 was another great year to be an indexer. Capitalism Works. Buy, Hold & Rebalance Works. IFA Provides Value, Education and Discipline to It's Clients.

Is your broker your fiduciary? - A fiduciary duty is a legal or ethical relationship of confidence or trust regarding the management of money or property between two or more parties. IFA is your fiduciary.

Jan 3, 2011One more paper on whether Luck or Skill determines investment manager returns. Conclusion: "When the model is applied to a sample of large cap value managers, the results indicate the most of the annual variation in performance is due to luck, not skill."

Jan 3, 2011One more paper on whether Luck or Skill determines investment manager returns. Conclusion: "When the model is applied to a sample of large cap value managers, the results indicate the most of the annual variation in performance is due to luck, not skill."
Dec 23, 2010Updated Roller Coaster of Risk and Return.

Dec 23, 2010"Another solid fund is DFA Emerging Markets Small Cap, which has returned 19.6% annually during the past 10 years, outdoing 98% of diversified emerging-market funds." IFA has been advising our clients to invest in this fund since Jan. 2000. See data here.


Dec 23, 2010"Another solid fund is DFA Emerging Markets Small Cap, which has returned 19.6% annually during the past 10 years, outdoing 98% of diversified emerging-market funds." IFA has been advising our clients to invest in this fund since Jan. 2000. See data here.

The Index Funds Win Again

New York Times


Feb. 21, 2009:

"Professor Wermers said he believed that it was “exceedingly probable that any fund that has beaten the market by an average of more than one percentage point per year over the last decade achieved that return almost entirely due to luck alone. By definition, therefore, such a fund could not have been identified in advance,” he added.

The investment implication is clear, according to Mr. Kritzman. “It is very hard, if not impossible,” he wrote in his study, “to justify active management for most individual, taxable investors, if their goal is to grow wealth.” And he said that those who still insist on an actively managed fund are almost certainly “deluding themselves.” nyt.com

Bill Miller Gives His Two Cents on Index Funds

In an interview with Money Magazine for its July 2007 issue, Bill Miller, manager of the Legg Mason Value Trust Fund describes his improbable 15-year streak of outperforming the S&P 500. Miller’s incredible run has many industry insiders and investors scratching their heads in bemusement as to whether his success is attributed to pure luck, calculated skill, or even poor benchmarking (Legg Mason’s Value Trust Fund had risk levels (standard deviation) of a value index, but was compared against the S&P 500).

While Miller credits his own past success in the active management arena to a “modicum of skill,” he himself recommends that investors buy index funds. Specifically, Miller told Money that a “significant portion of one’s assets in equities” should be comprised of index funds. “Unless you are lucky, or extremely skillful in the selection of managers, you’re going to have a much better experience going with the index fund,”...[Click Here to Read More]

Dec 16, 2010 IFA Art Tour:


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Dec 23, 2010 How to Measure Risk Capacity? An Analysis of IFA and Finametrica Risk Capacity Surveys

Dec 21, 2010USA Today's Matt Krantz references IFA's Index Portfolios and Indexes to quantify risk and return. 

Dec 16, 2010 Schwab releases new iPhone App

Dec 20, 2010 Seventy-eight years ago on December 31, 1932, Alfred Cowles presented his analysis of 45 professional agencies on their ability to forecast the stock market. Conclusion: The most successful were about the same as you would expect from "pure chance." Nothing has changed. - Do you still want to try to pick stocks? If so, read the abstracts from these studies. If they don't cure you, download and read the actual studies. If that doesn't work, then you need to visit a Gamblers Anonymous Recovery Program.

Dec 10, 2010High - Average - Low Analysis of Index Portfolios

Dec 8, 2010Now buy the Digital Version of Index Funds on Google Books.

Dec. 7, 2010 Adjust Returns for Behavior (see bottom left corner of chart)

Dec. 3, 2010 Odds are you don't know what the odds are. The probability of getting a market forecast correct maybe much higher than you expect. For example, if an event has a 10% chance of occurrence and 10 forecasts are made, there is a 65.13% chance that one of those guesses will be correct. How many forecasts do we hear every day? See this chart and test your own assumptions about forecasts.

Dec. 2, 2010 Meir Statman says that index funds are "fabulous." IFA agrees. Also, Kenneth French discusses the "new normal."

Dec. 2, 2010 Odds are you don't know what the odds are. Have you ever wondered how often Fixed Income beats Index Portfolio 100 on a monthly basis over the last 995 months? Compare Index Portfolios! - If you looked at 960 36-month periods, what % of the time does a small value index beat a large growth index? Compare Indexes! - Kenneth French explains the power of prices to collect information and keep expected returns positive. - Dan Solin tells it like it is.

Nov. 17, 2010 You can now see Monthly Data in Figure 2 for 100 IFA Index Portfolios, going all the way back to Jan. 1928. Just click the Monthly. - Meir Statman: Amateur Investors Expect Impossible

Nov. 14, 2010 Updated charts on style drift. "Style drift is a serious problem for [investors]" - Ron Surz
Nov. 11, 2010 Distribution of Monthly Returns of Index Portfolios and the SP500 over many different periods from 10 years to 82 years. WOW, another amazing chart from the IFA Media Lab!

Nov. 10, 2010 Fair Price = Fair Return - Before you trade, ask yourself, "Who is on the other side of this trade, why do you know more than they do and is this a fair price?"

Nov. 6, 2010 Glide Path Investing - IFA can automatically "Glide Path" your portfolio, which reduces the risk by 1 out of 100 IFA Index Portfolios each year. - Click the Glide Path button below IP100 on this Figure to see the effect of the Glide Path. - To understand the Glide Path of Life, see here.
Oct. 22, 2010 The Index Funds Win Again - From NYT.com, Feb. 21, 2009 - "... it was “exceedingly probable that any fund that has beaten the market ... achieved that return almost entirely due to luck alone."

Oct. 19, 2010 Just by luck alone, we should see more managers beat the market than what we actually observe. 300 out of 10,000 active managers should beat the market by chance alone. From Fama French: "despite the extremely good past performance of the top 3% of active funds, going forward we expect them to do about as well as comparable efficiently managed passive funds" and the remaining 97% to underperform a passive alternative.

Sept. 23, 2010 Fees are Better Predictor of Fund Returns than Morningstar Stars.

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August 3, 2010 - The Siren Songs of Active Management. Resist the temptation. The latest release from IFA Films, also see in High Definition.

Nov. 3, 2010 Do you still like commodities? You would be well advised to read this before investing. Ken French is an expert on commodities.

Oct. 11, 2010 The 12-Step Program to Cure Active Investors Overview, in Chinese. We are on our way to curing 3 Billion more people. Click to read the full summary.

Oct. 9, 2010 Can you predict which industrial sector will be the next winner?

Oct. 4, 2010 How to Protect Your Investments From a Falling Dollar - by Dan Solin and The Mother of All Evil is Speculation by Mark Hebner

Sept. 15, 2010Five Different Video Presentations of the 12-Step Program to Cure Active Investors. Are you Cured?

October 12, 1995 - Oldie but Goodie: A Classic: Listen to the Rex Sinquefield Active Versus Passive Debate. From Rex: "It is my contention that active management does not make sense theoretically and isn't justified empirically. Other than that, it's O.K.



Fidel Castro recently admitted the "market failure model" does not work. When will active managers do the same? In other words, it is better to assume markets find the best estimate of prices, not an active manager!

Sept. 12, 2010Bad Timing Eats Away at Investor Returns - from Morningstar

 

A Tenfest: 10-10-10 at 10:10am, Powers of 10 every 10 seconds In honor of Charles and Ray Eames, see the incredible short film: Powers of Ten. Powers of Ten (1977) takes us on an adventure in magnitudes.

Charles Eames provided the inspiration to create the Fair Price Simulator in the IFA lobby. He designed an outdoor 14 foot Probably Machine for the 1964 World's Fair IBM Exhibit.

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October 12, 1995 - Oldie but Goodie: A Classic: Listen to the Rex Sinquefield Active Versus Passive Debate. From Rex: "It is my contention that active management does not make sense theoretically and isn't justified empirically. Other than that, it's O.K. But it's easy to understand the allure, the seductive power of active management. After all, it's exciting, fun to dip and dart, pick stocks and time markets; to get paid high fees for this, and to do it all with someone else's money." Click play button below to listen.

Fidel Castro recently admitted the "market failure model" does not work. When will active managers do the same? It is all about the price. From Commanding Heights: "What von Mises said is that the great flaw of socialism is that it doesn't have a functioning price system to send all the signals to consumers and producers as to what something is worth; that these prices are at the very heart of what makes a functioning economy work. You can think of them as traffic signals. And if you don't have them, what you get is a system that doesn't work, or you get chaos. ...Free markets do it best -- why fool with anything else?" In other words, it is better to assume markets find the best estimate of prices, not an active manager!

Sept. 2, 2010 420 Bell Curves!

Sept. 2, 2010 - Great Interview of David Booth and Eugene Fama at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business on iTunes Podcast (see #1 podcast).

More DFA Stories in video.

August 4, 2010 - Forty-five years ago, Eugene Fama dropped the equivalent of an atomic bomb on the active management industry (stock and time pickers) with his paper titled, "Random Walks in Stock Market Prices." It is profound and if you have not read it very carefully, you need to. It will enrich your retirement. See the random walk of prices physically displayed HERE.

August 2, 2010 - Ben Stein on Active Traders.

July 22, 2010 - "It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it." - Upton Sinclair, (1935) - See Dan Solin's new post about this quote.

July 22, 2010 - Luck Is The Key To Success For Most Top Mutual Funds,
Forbes.com, by Ahmed Taha

Fleeting Fortune by Lala Ragimov
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July 20, 2010 - from IndexingBlog.com: Once you understand how the bagel or pencil market, while imperfect, functions smoothly without a manager, you can begin to appreciate the wisdom of buying an index fund.

July 19, 2010 - Step 8: Riskese - Where do returns come from? Read this: Common Risk Factors in the Returns of Stocks and Bonds. by Fama and French - (also see Step 8)

July 9, 2010 - 35 Year Annual Rolling Returns Matrix Updated for 2009 for 20 iPortfolios and 15 IFA Indexes. Options include Growth of $1.

July 8, 2010 - Sound Familiar? Don't listen to the media, avoid debt, buy and hold index funds, don't try to time the market. - Warren Buffett

July 8, 2010 - All new data base driven risk return scatter plot for IFA iPortfolios and Indexes over the last 82 years. Click the Options button and input any period to see the relationship between risk and return.

July 5, 2010 - An important message from DFA’s Weston Wellington is titled “Is It Different This Time?" Click here to view it. This insightful and informative presentation reveals that time after time, headlines have been poor predictors of future market movements. Also see this video.

July 5, 2010 - A analysis of eight centuries of financial folly lead to the conclusion that nothing is different. Capitalism is amazingly resilient. John Templeton said the four most dangerous words in investing are, "It's different this time."


July 3, 2010
DIVERSIFICATION. Lots of baskets, with lots of eggs from all over the world! Let's just call it Capitalism, Inc.

June 28, 2010Does Past Performance Matter? Of Course Not!
See IFA's Chart on this topic:

June 26, 2010Just How Lucky Is Your Mutual Fund Manager? From U.S. News & World Report by Rob Silverblatt. See IFA's Chart on this study:

June 23, 2010IFA vs Gold, Oil and Gas - Invest in Capitalism, not Commodities.

June 21, 201011 Year Data! - IFA vs. Vanguard

June 5, 2010The Lost Decade? Not for IFA Index Portfolios.

June 1, 2010 Father of Modern Finance Weighs In on Efficient Markets and too big to fail.

June 12, 2010 Mark Hebner consults with the Bhutan Government Investment Entity.

June 1, 2010 The Sirens of Speculation. Resist the Temptations! Click the enlarge.

May 29, 2010 You’ve just inherited a retirement account. Now what? - Should I convert my Traditional IRA to a Roth IRA?

May 20, 2010
Luck, Skill and Investment Performance. Once again: Performance is driven by luck. - "When the model is applied to a sample of large cap value managers, the results indicate the most of the annual variation in performance is due to luck, not skill." - By Brad Cornell of CalTech

May 14, 2010 100 IFA Index Portfolios with a Glide Path

April 19, 2010The UK discovers the benefits of indexing and the detriment of the Silent Partners.

April 19, 2010 The Index Funds Gospel According to Burton Malkiel. guardian.co.uk

April 9, 2010 Jack Bogle on IFA Radio:



April 3, 2010
Download Index Funds: The 12-Step Program for Active Investors. Learn about IFA Index Portfolios on the iPad. Open Safari on your iPad, go to ifa.com, click here. Then hit the + and choose add to home screen. You can also add www.ifamobile.com to your home screen.

April 2, 2010Got Index Funds? See our new 401(k) Plan Solution. IFA is nationwide, so send this link to your CFO or Director of Human Resources.

March 28, 2010 Jason Zweig discusses Style Drift and Improper Benchmarking. Don't be fooled.

March 15, 2010 -
CRSP celebrates 50 Years. IFA obtains it's data from the Univ. of Chicago Booth School of Business' CRSP.

March 15, 2010 - Investing Classics: Don't miss this one! RATES OF RETURN ON INVESTMENTS IN COMMON STOCKS
Index Funds, Dowdy to Some, Get a Notable Endorsement, The New York Times, Feb. 5, 2010 More Burton Malkiel Information

Feb 3, 2010 - NO ACTIVE FUNDS - Stop the Rip-Off - It's a Movement. It's a Revolution. - Get Your NAF Buttons, shirts, mugs, clocks, etc.

Jan. 19, 2010 - Dimensional Stories 


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Feb. 28, 2010 - With a twist on The Beatles famous verse from "The End" on the Abbey Road album, investors could say, "And in the end, the return you make is equal to the risk you take." Every incremental point in your risk capacity score carries with it an incremental increase in expected return. - That Beatles song was recorded in August 1969, if you invested $10,000 in IFA Index Portfolio 100 then, it would be worth $1.2 million on Jan 31, 2010.

Feb 9, 2010 - IFA is your independent FIDUCIARY. Your broker is not. Hire an advisor that must act in YOUR best interest, not the best interest of the person or firm receiving loads, 12B-1 fees and commissions based on the stock and bond trading. Federal and state law requires that an advisor act solely in the best interest of the client. Check your brokerage agreement for this clause: “Your account is a brokerage account and not an advisory account. Our interests may not always be the same as yours. Please ask us questions..., including the extent of our obligations to disclose conflicts of interest and to act in your best interest. We are paid both by you and, sometimes, by people who compensate us based on what you buy.”

Feb 7, 2010 - A Classic Active vs. Passive Debate from 1995 - by Rex Sinquefield

Jan. 14, 2010 -
Burton Malkiel was right—AGAIN. Click to see the next winning fund manager.

Dec. 2, 2009 - To Beat Index Funds, Luck Is Your Only Hope -- See the IFA painting on this concept.

Oct. 28, 2009 - Is Buy and Hold Dead? “I’m sure there are well in excess of 100 independent reasons [to invest in index funds]”. - Jason Zweig

Oct. 20, 2009 - Luck versus Skill: In a random distribution, it can only be luck.

Oct 10, 2009 - “The overwhelming number of investors, individual and institutional, should be completely in low-cost index funds....” - David Swensen, Chief Investment Officer, Yale University Endowment, Lunch with the FT

Oct. 8, 2009 - The Fired Beat the Hired? Tech|Ticker

Oct 5, 2009 - Behavioral Biases and Investment Implications, Scott Bosworth, DFA

Sept. 30, 2009 - Good Things Come to Those Who Wait - by DFA Trader John Romiza

Sept. 30, 2009 - Government Intervention and Stock Returns, by Weston Wellington

August 1, 2009 - IFAart.com, because a picture is worth a thousand words."

July 30, 2009 - Probability Machines, - Because: "The probable is what usually happens." - Aristotle (384-322 B.C.) see bellshapedcurve.com

July 27, 2009 - The Bell Curve


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The SEC should turn over a new leaf and dedicate itself at every opportunity to preaching to the public that individual stock picking is a mug's game -- that indexing and other low-cost, buy-and-hold strategies are a better way to make America's peerless capital markets work for them.” Holman W. Jenkins, Jr., Agency Interrupted, Therapy for the SEC begins with the "Efficient Markets" Hypothesis. The Wall Street Journal; Jan. 12, 2005; Page A11

Oct 8, 2009 - Active Management Loses in Risk Study - WSJ Article

Oct. 4, 2009 - "Contrary to their oft articulated goal of outperforming the market averages, investment managers are not beating the market: The market is beating them." - Charles Ellis, The Loser's Game, 1975. This article is an investing classic from 34 years ago.

Randomness is a beautiful thing...


Sept. 30, 2009 - Eugene Fama Interview - Also an interview on Efficient Markets

Sept. 25, 2009 - - USA Today's Matt Krantz teaches readers how to use the IFA Calculator. Investors need data.

Dan Solin's New Book:


Sept. 21, 2009 - Step 7 Podcast



Sept. 11, 2009 - Dan Solin's blog on What Wall Street Doesn't Want You to Know.

Sept. 8, 2009 - Dan Solin Reveals Wall Street’s Favorite Scam: "What Wall Street does is package luck and sell it as skill.”

Sept. 7, 2009 - Updated Section 11.4.4 Are Commodities Worth Risk? Ken French say "No". (see video)

Sept. 5, 2009 - IFA’s Position Statement on Investing

August 27, 2009 - Dan Solin's New Book:

     
 

August 27, 2009 - Freakonomics Blog at the New York Times embeds Sir Francis video.

August 27, 2009 - Eugene Fama: King of the Downloads at ssrn.com.

August 24, 2009 - Retirement Planning: The Save 10% and Spend 5% Rule is still great advice.

August 14, 2009 - The rush you get from day trading: "No greater force in the world." See more...

Followup on above video: Tim Sykes, age 25, ran a top-ranked, short-bias fund called Cilantro Fund Partners. After suffering a roughly 35% loss over two years, Timothy closed his hedge fund. Get into Stockaholic Rehab.

August 12, 2009 - Are Markets Still Efficient? Yes. Watch Eugene Fama Explain.

August 11, 2009 - New Calculators: 1. What is the advantage of converting to a Roth IRA? - 2. Estimate Your Estate Tax Liability

August 11, 2009 - July 2009 Update: Probability of Recovery from recent market decline.

August 5, 2009 - - Estimate your Net Worth and Home Budget and Test Your Retirement Assumptions with the Retirement Planner (IFAretire.com) with three new calculators.

August 1, 2009 - IFAart.com , because a picture is worth a thousand words."



July 30, 2009 - Probability Machines, - Because: "The probable is what usually happens." - Aristotle (384-322 B.C.) see bellshapedcurve.com



July 27, 2009 - The Bell Curve

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July 22, 2009 - 

Say HELLO to Francis, our third Probability Machine. Francis is 8 ft tall and is used as an educational tool to explain order in chaos, market randomness, expected return, the uncertainty of that expected return or the distribution of errors of the expected return. See this example. - See an Image of Francis Here. - IFA Indexfolios and Indexes as bell curves.

Hedge Funds and Private Equity


July 22, 2009 - - To Find Your Maximum Return, First Focus on Risk - by Matt Krantz

July 19, 2009 - More Index Funds Sought for 401k Plans. Get risk calibrated index portfolios for your 401k plan from IFA call 888-643-3133 and see ifa401k.com.

July 13, 2009 - Tainted Pension Fund Advice. "In the eternally sleazy pension consulting industry..."

July 9, 2009 - John Meriwether to shut another hedge fund. How many Hedge (Ledge) Funds and mutual funds have to fail before investors figure out that markets are random and efficient? Just index it!

July 7, 2009 - IFA Exclusive!
Does Modern Portfolio Theory Still Work? by Harry Markowitz, Hebner and Brunson
- (click here to read the PDF article)

July 5, 2009 - Information on TIPS

July 3, 2009 - Socialism and Returns - What is the Relationship?

June 24, 2009 - See this intriguing new dynamic chart with the Dow Jones Stocks Versus 19 Indexes and 20 Index Portfolios over the last 35 years. The conclusion of this data: It never makes sense to buy one stock.

June 12, 2009 - Interview with Eugene Fama, Sr. - He covers efficient markets, the zero or negative sum game of active management, diversification, probability machines and why you should be a passive investor.

June 9, 2009 - From CNBC interview John Bogle: "Nobody should buy individual stocks or bonds."

June 1, 2009 -
Harry Markowitz: Portfolio Theory Vs. Financial Engineering, and Their Roles in Financial Crises - Play Video

Harry Markowitz gives an IFA Exclusive Presentation on Portfolio Theory Vs. Financial Engineering, and Their Roles in Financial Crises.
Click here to watch the video (47 Min.)

May 15, 2009 

Warren Buffet on CNN Money - Play Video

See more HERE.

April 9, 2009 - What Should Investors Do Now? (Click to play the new DFA Video: What Should Investors Do Now?)

April 25, 2009 - - IFA leverages CROWDSOURCING by accepting stock prices agreed to by millions of traders. This is also referred to as Wisdom of the Crowds.

April 21, 2009 - - More Reasons to Invest in Index Funds: The SPIVA study for 2008. - Source usnews.com

April 20, 2009 - Shift to equity index funds to continue in '09 - Source: Pensions & Investments, Jing Zhou

April 17, 2009 - Owning Some International Bonds is a Good Idea - Source: USA Today, Matt Krantz

April 17, 2009 - Index Funds: Just Smart - "What distinguishes index funds is that they don't presume to have greater wisdom than the collective market, but instead try to channel its wisdom to your advantage. Do your gambling in Vegas" Source: Forbes.com

April 5, 2009 - Dollars Flowing to Index Funds - Fund investors have been favoring index funds over active funds in their recent buying and selling. ... The move to index funds can also be seen in best-seller lists ...The best seller in 2008 was SPDR S&P 500 ETF, No. 2 was Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund,.. Managed Funds Offer Little Cover From the Bear

March 30, 2009 - - Luck versus Skill in the Cross Section of Mutual Fund Alpha Estimates - Fama, Eugene F. and French, Kenneth R., (March 9, 2009). Available at SSRN - Summary: No fund managers have skill.

Feb 28, 2009 - Simulated Passive Investor Experiences (SPIEs): 81 Years, 972 monthly periods, 22 monthly rolling periods analyzed for 20 Index Portfolios (365,520 monthly data points or SPIEs!), including the Great Depression. Another "Off the Charts" exclusive from IFA. What was the wildest 2 years of Index Portfolio 100 over the last 81 years? Over 961 12-month monthly rolling periods, the worst and best are right next to each other, 7/31 to 6/33. First it went down 72% in 12 months, then up 264% in the next 12 months. Total return = 3.52%. Yikes. See here.

Feb 28, 2009 - Actively managed funds lose share to index rivals. Investors ditch market-beating attempts, settle for average returns."Actively managed mutual funds are parasites on the savings of this country. They are just a legalized haircut on investor wealth. Fund managers are totally useless to a longterm investor because even the best are only better than the overall market for limited periods of time."

Feb 27, 2009 - The Credit Suisse Global Investment Returns Yearbook 2009 has some interesting data.

Feb 8, 2009 The IFA Challenge - IFA issues a challenge to all individual or professional investors. Submit monthly statements covering the period from Jan 1, 2000 (when IFA started) to Jan 31, 2009 and see if the risk and return of the portfolio you managed is more optimal than any IFA Index Portfolios. We have yet to see one.

Jan 26, 2009 - What the Pros said in Dec 2007: One says buy Lehman Brothers, Bear Stearns, and Merrill Lynch and another says buy financial giant American International Group. :-) ELAINE GARZARELLI, PRESIDENT, GARZARELLI CAPITAL - " Our models show the S&P 500 is undervalued by 25%." See what happened?

Jan 24, 2009 - Only ONE fund consistently beat the S&P500 over the last 10 years. But few investors owned it. But Index Portfolio 90 had a total return 65% more than the S&P 500 over the 10 yrs.

Jan 20, 2009 - Burton Malkiel tells you to just index on Wealthtrack video.

Jan 20, 2009 - What is Financial Advice?

Dec. 31, 2008 - Five Best Books on Asset Allocation - ITA Wealth Mgmt

Dec. 30, 2008 - Eugene Fama, Sr., Economist of the Day

Nov. 20, 2008 - Face Time with Five Nobel Laureates in Economics

Nov. 14, 2008 - Kenneth French speaks on tech ticker.

Dec. 2, 2008 - Charles Schwab Answers the Questions Investors are Asking.

Dec. 2, 2008 See new Quote of the Week Video on

Nov. 24, 2008 Be sure to click on Subscribe button in the iTune to catch future Podcasts.

Nov. 22, 2008 new The IFA Investment Principles:

  1. Capitalism works on average and over time. This statement might be explained by Hebner's estimate that more than 100,000 public companies over 80 years have earned an average annual profit about 10%/year. If companies or stockholders of those companies desired capital, they traded their stock certificates for cash from investors. Through this trade, stockholders gave up the stock's future return of about 10% per year (currently 9.26%). That return has been driven up over the last 80 years and 10 months by the average profits of those simulated and actual S&P 500 companies. This is known as the "cost of capital" and the cost of capital is paid to the investors.
  2. Risk and return have a positive correlation.
  3. Free markets match prices to current levels of uncertainty, so that buyers can earn a risk-appropriate return.
  4. The greater the risk, the longer the time required to obtain the expected return. Investors should capture the average return of all stocks and the average return of a sufficient number of months.
  5. Passively invest, diversify to the maximum, maintain a small and value tilt and keep turnover, costs and taxes to a minimum.
  6. Risk exposure must be initially matched to the investor's risk capacity, then monitored and maintained through rebalancing.
  7. Avoid capital gains and dividends and realize losses in taxable accounts.


Nov. 21, 2008 Why Stick Around in a Tough Market - by David Booth

Nov. 20, 2008 Face Time with Five Nobel Laureates in Economics

Nov. 19, 2008 - When will the buyers be right again? About 10 Billions shares are bought and sold every day around the world. At each new price, buyers think it is a good time to buy and sellers disagree. Since prices are set at fair market value, there is a 50/50 chance that future prices will be higher or lower than the approximate 0.03%/day or 10%/year expected return for equities. Here are some interesting charts about past market declines (source: dshort.com) - Here are some more interesting charts showing recoveries since 1950. See ifacalc.com data here.

Nov. 18, 2008 - Climbing the 12 Steps is not easy. See the new 48"x72" masterpiece painting by Lala Ragimov: "Journey to Tradeless Nirvana". This painting will be the centerpiece of the lobby in IFA's new 1st floor, 8,200 sq. ft. office.

Nov. 14, 2008 - Kenneth French speaks on tech ticker.

Nov. 11, 2008 - How do mutual fund distributions work? How does IFA minimize them for new investors?

Nov. 10, 2008 - A Message from IFA President Mark T. Hebner: The Resilience of Capitalism - Updated for Oct. 30, 2008 Data.

Nov. 8, 2008 - New Table provides updated data for October 2008. See bottom of this page.

Nov. 3, 2008 “What to do about the Financial Transparency Crisis”

Nobel Prize Winner and IFA Academic Consultant, Harry Markowitz outlines a solution for resolving the current financial crisis.
Click here to read the full article

Nov. 6, 2008 - Free Markets are Doing Their Job. Uncertainty is Higher. Prices are Lower. Expected Returns are About the Same.

Oct. 13, 2008 -"It is very tempting to try to time the market. But neither individuals nor investment professionals can consistently time the market." - Keep Your Money in the Market, WSJ 10/13/08 

Jack Bogle on the Financial Speculation



Oct 31, 2008What percentage of the time have 20 IFA Index Portfolios had gains or losses. See the data in Daily, Monthly, Quarterly, Annual, 5-yr or 10-yr periods. More Eye Candy in glorious IFA Technicolor.

Is It Different This Time?
If you compare the 1907 crisis that struck U.S. and European financial institutions with 2008’s economic emergencies, you will discover striking similarities. Each time capitalism was resilient. - The Panic of 1907, Lessons Learned From the Market's Perfect Storm - Abstract from getAbstract - buy from amazon - Also see Manias, Panics and Crashes.

Oct 26, 2008 Advice IFA agrees with from Larry Swedroe: " What we do know is that trying to time the market is a loser's game. And most of the time investors simply get it wrong, selling AFTER market drops and only buying well after it recovers. That results in the dollar weighted returns they earn being well below the market's time weighted returns." - My Take on This Market, by Larry Swedroe - 10/26/08

Oct 26, 2008 The Speculation Blues Video in High Quality on

Oct 26, 2008 Financial Weapons of Mass Destruction - CBS News, 60 Minutes

Oct 22, 2008 Enrico thinks IFA.com is the best financial web site in the world! Thanks Enrico.

Oct 20, 2008 Improve Your 401k for more information, see ifa401k.com

Oct 17, 2008 From Warren Buffett: "Equities will almost certainly outperform cash over the next decade, probably by a substantial degree. .. "A simple rule dictates my buying: Be fearful when others are greedy, and be greedy when others are fearful." ..."What is likely, however, is that the market will move higher, perhaps substantially so, well before either sentiment or the economy turns up. So if you wait for the robins, spring will be over." - Buy American, I Am. NYT.com

Oct 16, 2008 We are advising all clients to consider two important portfolio maintenance topics, tax loss harvesting and rebalancing.

New Updated Video: Oct 15, 2008 Should You Be Worried About Your Investments?

Click here to view the special report

Sept 08, 2008: Ask Warren...



Sept 08, 2008: Ask Mark about recession predictions.

Aug 2, 2008: Mutual Fund Performance, Nitzsche, Dirk, Cuthbertson, Keith and O'Sullivan, Niall, (2006): A Devastating Conclusion: Essentially No Skill, just Luck: "Sensible advice for most investors would be to hold low cost index funds..." Another study: Mutual Fund Performance and Manager Style - A Devastating Conclusion: Essentially No Skill, Just Luck. A new study from Fama & French: Mutual Fund Performance No persistence of Luck. Stock pickers might as well be throwing darts at the WSJ, click the monkey to watch the video clip from the Trillion Dollar Bet: "A Devastating Conclusion"

July 26, 2008 Must Read by Charles Ellis: The Loser's Game, Circa 1975, 33 years ago, but about 95% of investors still don't get it. "...most institutional investment managers continue to believe, or at least say they believe, that they can and soon will again “outperform the market.” They won’t and they can’t." - Charles Ellis

July 8, 2008: August 13, 1979 Issue of BusinessWeek “The U.S. economy probably has to regard the death of equities as a near-permanent condition.”

Is It Different This Time? - Weston J. Wellington, Vice President, Dimensional Fund Advisors - Play Video (expand window to full screen) - Audio (iPod and MP3)

Oct 10, 2008 Talk to Chuck Schwab. "During times of uncertainty, some investors make the mistake of trying to time the market by simply stepping out. History suggests that asset allocation, diversification and periodic rebalancing are the tools that investors should use to weather market downturns."

Oct 9, 2008 Concerned About the Markets? Read "The Four Pillars of Investing" by William Bernstein, Chapter 6, titled Market Bottoms: The Agony and the Opportunity. It’s only 10 pages and it is worth the read. In his section titled How to Handle the Panic Bernstein says, "What separates the professional from the amateur are two things: first, the knowledge that brutal bear markets are a fact of life and that there is no way to avoid their effects; and second, that when times get tough, the former stays the course; the latter abandons the blueprints, or, more often than not, has no blueprints at all."

Oct 8, 2008 “Some investments do have higher expected returns than others. Which ones? Well, by and large they’re the ones that will do the worst in bad times.” - William F. Sharpe Nobel Laureate in Economics, 1990, Stanford Professor of Economics, as quoted in Money Magazine’s July, 2007 issue

Oct 3, 2008 A Classic from 1998 (nothing has changed): MARKET TIMING: A PERILOUS PLOY -- "Why do timers seem so inept? The stock market makes dramatic moves in relatively short periods, and those who miss them effectively miss a lot of the gains."

Oct 3, 2008 "The only people who get hurt on a roller coaster are the ones who try to get off while it’s rolling!" Submitted by Daren.

Oct 1, 2008 Eugene Fama Wins the First Onassis Prize in Finance, could the Nobel be next?

Sept 29, 2008 Your Brain is Programmed to Invest Badly - by Jonathan Chevreau

Scary Headlines: Links are What Happened over the Next Ten Years.

In its September 28, 1998 issue, Fortune's cover screamed: "The Crash of '98. Can the U.S. Economy Hold up?" A fundamental change in the world's economic condition. Fortune and An "unprecedented" worldwide "economic convulsion" -- Newsweek reported on that view in September, 1998

The triple whammy of "inflation, recession and a frantic bear market" was reported by Life magazine on the cover of its June 5, 1970 issue. The worst economic conditions since the Depression. Time made that observation in June, 1970.

Investor "shock felt round the world" was breathlessly reported by Time in November, 1987

Sept 25, 2008 We are pleased to announce that financial economist and 1990 Nobel Laureate Harry Markowitz has joined the IFA Advisory Board. Dr. Markowitz is also the recipient of the 1989 John von Neumann Theory Prize. He is best known as the father of Modern Portfolio Theory. We are pleased to have this finance legend join IFA's team.

Sept 24, 2008 Bear Markets are a Necessary Evil.

Sept 23, 2008 Don't fall into the emotional trap of selling low and buying high. Every day has the same expected return for a broadly diversified portfolio of index funds. That expected return is about 0.04% with that pesky standard deviation of 0.85%. Out of 481 10-year periods in such a portfolio, they all had a positive return. Hang in there, capitalism still works.

Sept 17, 2008 Learning to Love this Bear Market

Sept 15, 2008 - With respect to the recent turmoil in financial securities markets, please find the following information relating to IFA asset protection. (See this letter)

Dimensional Fund Advisors Investor Protection

Schwab's Asset Protection , Financial Strength and Financial Condition.

Fidelity Institutional Customer Asset Protection Overview

National Financial Services Independent Auditors' Report

Customer Asset Protection Co. Ratings Report from Standard & Poor's


Sept 15, 2008:
From Wikipedia: "The notion of creative destruction is found in the writings of Mikhail Bakunin, Friedrich Nietzsche and in Werner Sombart's Krieg und Kapitalismus (War and Capitalism) (1913), where he wrote: "again out of destruction a new spirit of creativity arises". The economist Joseph Schumpeter popularized and used the term to describe the process of transformation that accompanies radical innovation. In Schumpeter's vision of capitalism, innovative entry by entrepreneurs was the force that sustained long-term economic growth, even as it destroyed the value of established companies that enjoyed some degree of monopoly power."

Sept 12, 2008:
from WSJ
Lehman's Fate

"And Lehman took more risks than most. Like Bear, it was leveraged at more than 30 to 1, which made for bigger profits in the mania of 2005-2006 but also greater losses when the music stopped. Lehman also went all in with mortgage products, even getting deeper into Alt-A loan bets as late as this year. Its CEO, Richard Fuld, appears to have managed the crisis with less skill and dispatch than has, for example, John Thain at Merrill."

Aug 19, 2008:
“It's like waking up in a world where 91 million Americans drive Ford Pintos while wearing flammable pajamas. Why, in gleeful defiance of the data, do more people keep buying [actively managed] mutual funds every year?
Read Dan and Chip Heath’s article: Made to Stick: The Myth of Mutual Funds

Aug 2, 2008:
Mutual Fund Performance, Nitzsche, Dirk, Cuthbertson, Keith and O'Sullivan, Niall, (2006): A Devastating Conclusion: Essentially No Skill, just Luck: "Sensible advice for most investors would be to hold low cost index funds..." Another study: Mutual Fund Performance and Manager Style - A Devastating Conclusion: Essentially No Skill, Just Luck. A new study from Fama & French: Mutual Fund Performance No persistence of Luck. Stock pickers might as well be throwing darts at the WSJ, click the monkey to watch the video clip from the Trillion Dollar Bet: "A Devastating Conclusion"



© 2007 Index Funds Advisors, Inc.
"A Devastating Conclusion"
See Enlarged Monkey Painting.

Aug. 2, 2008:
Lessons from Bill Miller: Don't concentrate, don't style drift, and nobody can beat a risk adjusted market over long periods. Invest right, sit tight. - More on Miller.

July 30, 2008
Do You Understand Standard Deviation?

To Learn More, Click Here to Read Step 8: Riskese

July 30, 2008
If you don't understand TAX LOSS HARVESTING, read this.

July 26, 2008
Must Read by Charles Ellis: The Loser's Game, Circa 1975, 33 years ago, but about 95% of investors still don't get it. "...most institutional investment managers continue to believe, or at least say they believe, that they can and soon will again “outperform the market.” They won’t and they can’t." - Charles Ellis

July 26, 2008:
Are stock prices accurate? If they are, there is no reason to trade, unless you need the money. Definition of Fair Market Value: The price that a given property or asset would fetch in the marketplace, subject to the following conditions:
1. Prospective buyers and sellers are reasonably knowledgeable about the asset; they are behaving in their own best interests and are free of undue pressure to trade. 2. A reasonable time period is given for the transaction to be completed. Given these conditions, an asset's fair market value should represent an accurate valuation or assessment of its worth. Source: investopedia.com

July 14, 2008:

The Prescient Are Few -- 99.4% of Managers deemed to be UNSKILLED in stock picking. Mark Hulbert, NY Times article, “The Prescient Are Few”, 7/13/08 (see the full academic study)

July 13, 2008:
Think you can time this market? Think again. Read the wisdom of Professor Malkiel: Read page 118-138. It might help you.

July 21, 2008:
This is IFA's YTD estimate of commissions and bid ask spreads paid by buyers and sellers to brokerage firms, NYSE traders and other silent partners as the result of the trading on just the NYSE and NASDAQ. That's about $645 Million per day or about 5 cents/share for buyers and sellers! Now you may appreciate why we hear constant "BREAKING NEWS" on the daily infomercials for the trading industry that lures us into trading. Please resist the urge! Don't be a bettor, be an investor. Invest right and sit tight.

"Don't just do something, sit there!

Click to see data and chart

July 8, 2008: 

August 13, 1979 Issue of BusinessWeek “Dow Jones Industrial Average: 875.25. The U.S. economy probably has to regard the death of equities as a near-permanent condition.”


Time Picking Gurus

See the chart

June 25, 2008 

What do academics say about the relationship between economic conditions and expected investment returns? - 1) Expected returns on bonds and stocks are higher when economic conditions are weak and lower when economic conditions are strong. - Fama and French, "Business Conditions and Expected Returns on Stocks and Bonds," (November 1989), Journal of Financial Economics

 NEW DATA

4/29/08:
Wal-Mart sued over lack of index funds and lower cost institutional funds in their $9.5 Billion 401(k) plan. 1.4 million employees are mad and are not going to take it any more! They want index funds and they want them now! You should too.

4/11/08:
Investment Manager Performance Before and After a Hiring and Firing Decision - Surprise! The Fired Beat the Hired
 

THE DEATH OF ACTIVE MANAGEMENT - The Selection and Termination of Investment Managers By Plan Sponsors - Or, "Luck Does Not Persist" From page 30, "To summarize our results, plan sponsors hire investment managers after superior performance but post-hiring excess returns are zero."

IFA Institutional (ifa-i.com) for investments managed by committees, such as University Endowments.

3/9/08:

Study from Kenneth French

6/14/08:
The Powerful Case for Passive Investing, By Jack Naudi


3/9/08:
Stock Market Addiction is a Gambling Addiction. See 20 Questions for Compulsive Gambling? Note Stockmarket check box at the bottom?

Followup: After suffering a roughly 35% loss over two years, on October 1, 2007, Timothy closed his hedge fund.

3/8/08: 

Market Timing and Stock Selection Does Not Beat Passive Investing. Read it and see.

8/22/07:
Five Secrets of Successful Investing

 

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