Dimensional Fund Advisors's 2018 analysis of US-based mutual funds shows that only a small percentage of funds have outperformed industry benchmarks after costs—and among top-ranked funds based on past results, only a small percentage have repeated their past success. … [Read more...] about From Dimensional: Do Mutual Funds Outperform Benchmarks?
With school back in session in most of the country, many parents are likely thinking about how best to prepare for their children's future college expenses. Now is a good time to sharpen one's pencil for a few important lessons before heading back into the investing classroom to tackle the issue. THE CALCULUS OF PLANNING FOR FUTURE COLLEGE EXPENSES According to recent data published by the College Board, the annual cost of attending college in the US in 2017-2018 averaged $20,770 at … [Read more...] about The ABCs of Education Investing
The path to success in many areas of life is paved with continual hard work, intense activity, and a day-to-day focus on results. However, for many investors who adopt this approach to managing their wealth, that can be turned upside down. Click HERE to read "The Tao of Wealth Management", by Dimensional Fund Advisors Vice President Jim Parker. … [Read more...] about The Tao of Wealth Management
Jake DeKinder, Head of Advisor Communication at Dimensional Fund Advisors, explains why investors should view recent market declines as part of the nature of investing. … [Read more...] about Dimensional On: Recent Market Volatility
While it may be difficult to remain calm during a substantial market decline, it is important to remember that volatility is a normal part of investing. After a period of relative calm in the markets, in recent days the increase in volatility in the stock market has resulted in renewed anxiety for many investors. From February 1-5, the US market (as measured by the Russell 3000 Index) fell almost 6%, resulting in many investors wondering what the future holds and if they should make changes to … [Read more...] about Recent Market Volatility
Every day stocks have a positive expected return regardless of whether markets are at an all-time high or not. Throughout 2017, the S&P 500 Index recorded 62 new closing highs in 251 days of trading. In the first three weeks of January 2018 alone, the index crossed 10 new record closing highs in 13 days of trading. With stock indices continuing to set new highs, does this mean negative returns for stocks are on the horizon? When addressing this question, it is helpful to keep the following … [Read more...] about New Year, New Market Highs