For Better Investment Results, Rely on the Evidence

Month: February 2015

February 24, 2015  |  

For Better Investment Results, Rely on the Evidence

Understanding the source of investment returns is an important part of being a successful long-term investor. Unfortunately, far too many investors are under the impression that successful investing requires predicting markets. More than 60 years of academic research says otherwise. Still, investors are often distracted from the focus on their long term goals by the siren songs of market timing, stock picking and investment entertainment as seen on the cable news channels. It’s not the […]

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February 20, 2015  |  

Does Diversification Still Make Sense?

    After a year like 2014 when one asset class (S&P 500) outperformed almost every other, investors naturally ask themselves whether broad global diversification still make sense. The simple answer is yes. Broad diversification remains one of the best risk management tools available to investors. However, a broadly diversified portfolio’s returns will never be better than the best performing component of that portfolio. So, in 2014 while a broadly diversified portfolio contained investments in […]

February 18, 2015  |  

2015 Annual Limits for Financial Planning

Key Takeaways In 2015, retirement plan participants can contribute up to $18,000 annually to their 401(k), 403(b), Thrift Savings Plans and most 457 accounts. Savers age 50 and over are able to contribute an extra $6,000 catch-up contribution this year, for a total of up to $24,000. Contributions to Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) are unchanged for 2015, remaining at $5,500 plus a $1,000 catch-up contribution. As taxpayers across the country are crunching numbers, reviewing last […]

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February 12, 2015  |  

Markets Work

The evidence is clear. Markets do a great job of setting prices. Markets aren’t perfect but they do such a good job that they make it nearly impossible for investors to outguess the markets and cover their costs. We, at Independence Advisors, know that this runs counter to what investors are told on a daily basis by the financial news media. However, the fact that CNBC’s ratings have been in decline may be evidence that […]

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