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The CFA Institute held its annual conference in Montreal this week. The conference draws global speakers from academia, the investment industry profession and even rock ‘n roll—Sir Bob Geldof spoke yesterday. (Unfortunately, he didn’t sing, opting instead to discuss investing...

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This week marks the start of what the Stock Trader’s Almanac refers to as the “worst six months” for the stock market. Relative to the “best six months,” stocks historically underperform during the period of May through October. Underperformance, however, should not be...

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A few months ago, I bought a low-volume stock, Oregon-based Willamette Valley Vineyards (WVVI). I had seen the company’s name on a screen of liquor stocks I occasionally run and was prompted to take a closer look when the company sent us a prospectus for a preferred stock offering....

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Before you give into any temptation to follow analysts’ recommendations, consider this conclusion from three researchers: “On average, analysts’ revisions are not highly correlated with subsequent long-run returns, indicating that analysts do not provide new information that...

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When was the last time you looked at a company you never heard of? How about a company whose name sounded somewhat familiar, but you can’t recall why and otherwise you don’t know anything about? If your answer is rarely, never or not in a long while, you’ve got plenty of...

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The new retirement savings account rules announced by the Labor Department yesterday did not let individual investors out of their responsibility to oversee their savings and are not as harmful as some critics would make them out to be. Rather, the rules rightfully require that...

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Though the impact of Alzheimer’s disease on families and friends from a lifestyle and emotional standpoint has been well-documented, little research has been done into the financial impact of caring for some afflicted by the disease. To determine the impact, the Alzheimer’s...

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American Funds says that some actively managed funds are better than passive (index) funds. Specifically, the company argues that actively managed funds with low expense ratios and high levels of manager ownership (a group that Amercian Funds calls “Select Active”) outperform...

Investor Update

There are three certainties in life: death, taxes and me wearing green on St. Patrick’s Day. I have a green shirt on today. Taxes are due a month from now; April 18 for most people. (If you haven’t started working on your return yet, our tax guide can help.) As far as the other...

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Any time a fund invests in something more esoteric than exchange-listed stocks from a developed country or widely traded high-quality bonds, the potential for something to go wrong increases. We saw this happen in December when the Third Avenue Focused Credit Fund—a mutual fund—suddenly...