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Financial Decision-Making in an Aging World

The risk of becoming more vulnerable to financial abuse as we get older can pose a significant threat to our retirement security. Larry Swedroe explores research into the scope of the problem, and then offers some steps to help guard against it. The World Health Organization reports that by 2050, 2 billion people (22% of…

Market Volatility and Equity Performance

When stock markets drop, it can be tough to see past the pain and recall that your investment plan incorporates such risks. To help you take the long-term view, Chief Investment Officer Jared Kizer puts October’s market moves into perspective. When the stock market drops, it can be tough to see past the immediate pain….

A Guide to Starting Family Financial Conversations

The decisions we make surrounding family wealth and lifestyle planning can oftentimes be uncomfortable. Wealth advisor Jeff Johnson breaks down where and how you might want to start your family’s next important conversation about money. I’ve been a close observer of the way families make, communicate and implement financial decisions for most of the last…

Is a Million Bucks Enough to Retire?

Tim Maurer offers a simple retirement stress test and asks what is perhaps the better question: What number works for you? “Wow, those guys must be millionaires!” I can recall uttering those words as a child, driving by the nicest house in our neighborhood—you know, the one with four garages filled with cars from Europe. The…

A Long-Term Perspective on the Stock Market Downturn

After years of little volatility, the market’s ups and downs might have you feeling uneasy. But a long-term perspective from Chief Investment Officer Jared Kizer provides some context on the stock market downturn. Prior to Feb. 2, 2018, the stock market had been through a remarkably tranquil period. Since that date, the U.S. stock market…

How to Manage Your Money in 2018

Tim Maurer visits with the TODAY show to discuss managing debt, saving for the future and investing long-term. With markets hitting record highs and a new tax plan in place, there’s a lot in play when it comes to balancing your finances. Tim Maurer visits with the TODAY show’s Sheinelle Jones and Craig Melvin to…

Fixed Income Quick Take: In-State vs. Out-of-State Bonds

Fixed Income Advisor Steve Wiechel explains how the fixed income desk determines which is best for each individual client. In-state or out-of-state municipal bonds? Fixed Income Advisor Steve Wiechel explains how the fixed income desk determines which is best for each individual client.   By clicking on any of the links above, you acknowledge that…

Don’t Write Off Value

Larry Swedroe takes a look at the data and builds his case for why investors should continue to expect a value premium going forward. Recency bias—the tendency to give too much weight to recent experience and ignore long-term historical evidence—underlies many of the mistakes commonly made by investors. It’s particularly dangerous because it causes investors…

Entrepreneur Shares ‘Life-Saving’ Career Change

Tim Maurer tells the tale of an entrepreneur who made his passion into his profession. “This was given to me, because that was going to kill me,” entrepreneur Lee Janik told me. “That” was the job of owning and running a construction company he started in Ohio in the mid-2000s. “This” was the sacred experience of fly fishing,…

Tips to Help Teach Your Children About Money

BAM ALLIANCE member Stuart Vick Smith offers five tips for helping to teach your kids about money. As parents, we continually struggle to pass knowledge on to our children. Unfortunately, sometimes financial knowledge is left off the list or lost in translation. To prevent that happening, consider the following five tips to help teach your…

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