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49 minutes | 3 days ago
Kerry Pechter: How Annuities Fit Into the Retirement Income Puzzle
Our guest on the podcast today is Kerry Pechter. He is the editor and publisher of Retirement Income Journal, which he launched in 2009 to provide unconflicted news and analysis to the annuity and financial advice industries. RIJ recently celebrated its 500th issue. Kerry is also the author of Annuities for Dummies and two other nonfiction books. He has been an editor of Annuity Market News, a writer in Vanguard's individual annuity marketing department, a senior editor at Rodale Press, and a reporter for The Billings Montana Gazette.BackgroundBioAnnuities for Dummies Retirement Income JournalAdvisor Landscape“Out of Commission,” by Kerry Pechter, retirementincomejournal.com, Sept. 19, 2013.“Seeking ‘Ambidextrous Advisers’,” by Kerry Pechter, retirementincomejournal.com, Jan. 9, 2020.RetireOneDPL Financial Annuity Basics “Will Fee-Only Advisors Warm to Annuities?” by Kerry Pechter, retirementincomejournal.com, Oct. 19, 2018.“Two Client-Centric Income Strategies,” by Kerry Pechter, retirementincomejournal.com, Jan. 10, 2019.“A Primer for Annuity Newbies,” by Kerry Pechter, retirementincomejournal.com, May 28, 2020. “Another Advantage of Annuities: You Can Be More Aggressive With Non-Annuity Funds and Fare Better Long-Term,” by Kerry Pechter, annuityfyi.com. “The One True Path to Income--The New DIAs,” by Kerry Pechter, annuityfyi.com.“Now You Can Invest in a Longevity Annuity Within an IRA or 401(k),” by Kerry Pechter, annuityfyi.com.“The Catch-22 of In-Plan Annuities,” by Kerry Pechter, retirementincomejournal.com, Dec. 17, 2020. “'Dull' Investments Shine in a Crisis,” by Kerry Pechter, retirementincomejournal.com, March 26, 2020.“Why Is Income Planning So Hard?” by Kerry Pechter, retirementincomejournal.com, June 30, 2020Annuity TrendsRegistered Index-Linked Annuities“Stormy Weather for Life Insurers,” by Kerry Pechter, retirementincomejournal.com, April 9, 2020.“Low Interest Rates Shock Sales of Most Annuities,” retirementincomejournal.com, Aug. 6, 2020.“Pandemic Hurt Annuity Sales in 2020,” by Kerry Pechter, retirementincomejournal.com, March 10, 2021. “Trends RIJ Will Track in 2021,” by Kerry Pechter, retirementincomejournal.com, Jan. 7, 2021.Due DiligenceAM BestWeiss RatingsNOLHGA
51 minutes | 10 days ago
Mike Piper: Delaying Social Security Not Always a Good Deal
Our guest on the podcast today is Mike Piper. He is the author of several personal finance books, including Social Security Made Simple, Taxes Made Simple, Accounting Made Simple, and Can I Retire? His blog, Oblivious Investor, covers Social Security, taxes, and investing. Piper has also developed a free tool for exploring Social Security-claiming decisions called Open Social Security. He is a certified public accountant. BackgroundBioMike Piper's BooksOblivious InvestorOpen Social SecuritySocial Security"How Is Social Security Taxed?" by Mike Piper, Oblivious Investor, Jan. 1, 2019. "Does Delaying Social Security Deliver an 8% Return?" by Christine Benz, Morningstar.com, May 14, 2020. "Philosophy of Social Security Claiming Strategies," by Wade Pfau, Retirement Researcher. Social Security SolutionsMaximize My Social Security"Steve Vernon: 'Older Workers Become Targets' in Tough Economic Environments," The Long View podcast, Morningstar.com, Sept. 9, 2020."Boost Your Risk-Protected Retirement Income With a Social Security Bridge Payment," by Steve Vernon, Forbes, May 26, 2020.Retirement Planning"An Ideal Retirement Spending Strategy? "by Mike Piper, Oblivious Investor, March 12, 2018."Building a Safe Floor of Retirement Income--in Advance," by Mike Piper, Oblivious Investor, July 2, 2018."A Rough, General-Purpose Retirement Plan," by Mike Piper, Oblivious Investor, Jan. 28, 2019."Simplifying a Retirement Bucket Portfolio," by Mike Piper, Oblivious Investor, July 8, 2019."What's in My Portfolio?" by Mike Piper, Oblivious Investor, Dec. 11, 2019."Single Premium Immediate Annuity: Why They're Useful and When to Buy Them," by Mike Piper, Oblivious Investor, Jan. 1, 2020."From Assets to Income: A Goals-Based Approach to Retirement Spending," by Colleen Jaconetti, Michael DiJoseph, Francis Kinniry, David Pakula, and Hank Lobel, Vanguard, April 2020."Father of 4% Rule Says it Was Really More of a Guideline," by Ginger Szala, ThinkAdvisor, Oct. 19, 2020.Retirement Accounts"Marginal Tax Rate or Effective Tax Rate?," by Mike Piper, Oblivious Investor, Dec. 7, 2020."Marginal Tax Rate: Not (Necessarily) the Same as Your Tax Bracket," by Mike Piper, Oblivious Investor, March 15, 2021."Taxes in Retirement: What Happens After Your Husband or Wife Dies?" by Mike Piper, MarketWatch, Feb. 6, 2021."Long-Term Tax Planning Requires Guessing. Focus on the Near Term," by Mike Piper, Oblivious Investor, Feb. 2, 2021."Retirement Tax-Planning Error: Not Planning for Widow(er)hood," by Mike Piper, Oblivious Investor, Jan. 4, 2021.Target-Date Funds "Don't Judge a Fund by Its Cover," by Mike Piper, The Wall Street Journal, Aug. 8, 2013."Why Would an Experienced Investor Buy a Target-Date Fund?" by Mike Piper, Oblivious Investor, May 11, 2015."Why I (Still) Like All-in-One Mutual Funds," by Mike Piper, Oblivious Investor, Sept. 14, 2015.
50 minutes | 17 days ago
Jason Hsu: China Is 'the Last Great Remaining Alpha Reservoir'
Our guest this week is Jason Hsu. Jason is founder and chairman of Rayliant Global Advisors, a quantitative asset manager based in Hong Kong. Jason also cofounded Research Affiliates with Robert Arnott and has been at the forefront of the fundamental indexing movement. Jason is a member of the board of directors at the Anderson School of Management at the University of California at Los Angeles, as well as an adjunct professor in finance there. He has authored more than 40 peer-reviewed articles, is an associate editor of the Journal of Investment Management, and serves on the editorial board of numerous other financial journals, including the Financial Analysts Journal. Jason earned his bachelor's in physics from the California Institute of Technology, his master's in finance from Stanford, and his doctorate in finance from UCLA. BackgroundBioRayliant Global AdvisorsResearch AffiliatesAnderson School of Management at UCLAJournal of Investment ManagementThe Fundamental Index: A Better Way to Invest, by Robert D. Arnott, Jason C. Hsu, and John M. WestInvesting in China“Timing Poorly: A Guide to Generating Poor Returns While Investing in Successful Strategies,” by Jason Hsu, Brett W. Myers, and Ryan Whitby, jpm.com, January 2016.“Buy the Best, Perform the Worst,” by John Rekenthaler, Morningstar.com, April 15, 2016.“In Defense of Alpha?!” by Jason Hsu, researchaffiliates.com, October 2017.“The Biggest Failure in Investment Management: How Smart Data Can Make It Better or Worse,” by John West and Jason Hsu, researchaffiliates.com, October 2018.“Where Retail Rules: Buying Into China’s Alpha Opportunity,” Rayliant.com, August 2019.“How Do Investor Returns Stack Up Against Total Returns?” by Amy C. Arnott, Morningstar.com, Aug. 18, 2020. “Should You Have More China in Your Portfolio? Putting Common Arguments for Increased Chinese Exposure to the Test,” by Jason Hsu, Xiang Liu, and Phillip Wool, The Journal of Index Investing, Winter 2020.“China’s Got Talent: Fund Manager Skill and Alpha in Chinese Stocks,” by Phillip Wool, rayliant.com, March 2021. Chinese Market“The China Syndrome: Lessons From the A-Shares Bubble,” by Jason Hsu, researchaffiliates.com, September 2015.“Value, Growth and Bubbles: A Comparison Between China and US Markets,” by Jason Hsu, linkedin.com, Jan. 11, 2021.“Fewer Loans in China: Impactful, but Perhaps Not in the Way You’d Expect,” by Jason Hsu, rayliant.com, April 9, 2021.“Why Few Foreign Funds Are Entering China’s $3tr Mutual Fund Market,” by Twinkle Zhou, Asianinvestor.net, April 19, 2021.“’Tiger Mom’ Vs. Montessori: A Simple Analogy for Comparing Chinese and U.S. Financial Regulation,” by Jason Hsu, linkedin.com, March 4, 2021.Quantitative Investing“The Surprising Alpha From Malkiel’s Monkey and Upside-Down Strategies,” by Robert D. Arnott, Jason Hsu, Vitali Kalesnik, and Phil Tindall, The Journal of Portfolio Management, Summer 2013.“A Framework for Assessing Factors and Implementing Smart Beta Strategies,” by Jason Hsu, Vitali Kalesnik, and Vivek Viswanathan, valuewalk.com, Summer 2015.“Rob Arnott: Don’t Sleep on Value Investing (Especially Emerging-Markets Value),” The Long View Podcast, Morningstar.com, Aug. 21, 2019. “Going Local: Developing a Quant Approach Specific to Emerging Markets,” by Phillip Wool, Rayliant.com, April 10, 2020. Academic Research“The Harm in Selecting Funds That Have Recently Outperformed,” by Bradford Cornell, Jason Hsu, and David Nanigian, papers.ssrn.com, Feb. 25, 2016.“Coronavirus Crisis, Supertrends and Disruptive Innovations in Asset Management,” Financial Investigator Conference, rayliant.com, July 2, 2020. “When Dollar-Cost Averaging Can Help (or Hurt),” by Amy Arnott, Morningstar.com, Sept. 4, 2020.
48 minutes | 24 days ago
Joe Davis: 'We Will See China-Like Growth for a Time in the United States'
Our guest on the podcast today is Joe Davis, global chief economist at Vanguard. Joe also heads up Vanguard's Investment Strategy Group, a team that conducts research on portfolio construction, develops the firm's economic and market outlook, and helps oversee Vanguard's asset-allocation strategies for both institutional and individual investors. He is also a member of the senior portfolio management team for Vanguard Fixed Income Group. He earned a doctorate in economics at Duke University.BackgroundBioAsset Bubbles“Bitcoin: Digital Gold or Fool’s Gold?” by Joe Davis, vanguard.com, March 13, 2018. “Vanguard’s Joe Davis on the State of the Markets & the Global Economy,” cnbc.com, Jan. 28, 2020.“Asset Bubbles and Where to Find Them,” by Joe Davis, vanguard.com, March 8, 2021.“Value vs. Growth: Widest Performance Gap on Record,” by Katherine Lynch, Morningstar.com, Jan. 11, 2021.The Pandemic and the Economy“Vanguard Economic and Market Outlook for 2021: Approaching the Dawn,” Vanguard Investment Strategy Group, vanguard.com, December 2020.“Vanguard Economists Discuss Their Global Outlook,” vanguard.com, July 23, 2020.“The ‘Great’ Fall and the Road to Recovery,” by Joe Davis, vanguardinstitutionalblog.com, May 1, 2020.“A Pandemic, a Vaccine, and a Sea of Ideas,” by Joe Davis, vanguardinstitutionalblog.com, Nov. 10, 2020.“The Key to Achieving COVID-19 Herd Immunity,” by Joe Davis, vanguardinstitutionalblog.com, Jan. 27, 2021.“A Timetable for Overcoming COVID-19,” by Joe Davis, vanguard.com, Feb. 1, 2021.“Vanguard’s Joe Davis Talks Healthy Economy Amid Covid,” Bloomberg, Feb. 8, 2021.Inflation“Vanguard 2020 Outlook: The New Age of Uncertainty,” by Joe Davis, vanguard.com, Nov. 18, 2019.“Inflation Prospects Amid the Pandemic,” by Andrew J. Patterson, vanguardinstitutionalblog.com, May 20, 2020.“Envisioning a Post-Pandemic Future,” by Joe Davis, vanguard.com, Sept. 1, 2020.Market Outlook“Vanguard Comes to Defense of the 60/40 Portfolio As It Forecasts Stock Market Returns for the Next Decade,” by Steve Goldstein, marketwatch.com, July 25, 2020.“A Sharp Contraction, Then an Upswing,” by Joe Davis, vanguard.com, March 22, 2020.“Why Portfolio Diversification Still Works,” by Amy Arnott, Morningstar.com, March 30, 2021.“Active Fixed Income Perspectives: Q1 2021,” by Active Fixed Income Leadership and Research Teams, vanguard.com, Jan. 28, 2021.Megatrends“Megatrends: The Future of Work,” Vanguard Research, vanguard.com.“Automation Isn’t the End of Jobs,” Interview with Christine Benz and Joe Davis, Morningstar.com, Nov. 24, 2018.“Quantifying the Future of Remote Work,” by Joe Davis, vanguard.com, Nov. 30, 2020.
47 minutes | a month ago
John Rogers, Jr.: 'Be Willing to Talk About These Uncomfortable Issues'
Our guest this week is John Rogers, Jr. John is chairman, co-CEO, and chief investment officer of Ariel Investments, the firm he founded in 1983. John is the lead portfolio manager of the Ariel Fund and also comanages other Ariel strategies, including Ariel Small Cap Value, Small/Mid Cap Value, Mid Cap Value as well as Ariel Appreciation. John sits on several corporate boards, including the board of directors of McDonald's, Nike, and The New York Times and serves as vice chair of the University of Chicago's board of trustees. In 2008, John was given Princeton University's highest honor, the Woodrow Wilson Award, for his work in civic and philanthropic circles. John received his bachelor's degree from Princeton.BackgroundBioDEI “White House Advisor on Importance of Financial Education,” CNBC.com, April 14, 2014. Ariel Community Academy“Empowering the Next Generation of Investors Through Rapunzl,” Nasdaq.com, Nov. 12, 2020.The University of Chicago Laboratory Schools’ Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Ariel-Schwab Black Investor Survey 2020"Chicago-Based Ariel Investments Launches 'Project Black' to Grow Minority-Owned Businesses With $200 Million From JPMorgan Chase," by Robert Channick, chicagotribune.com, Feb. 27, 2021. "Ariel Investments’ John Rogers Jr. Pushes Corporate Boards to Have Their Own 'Jackie Robinson Moment'," by Andrew Keshner, marketwatch.com, Dec. 2, 2020. ESG" 'This Is the Shareholders’ Money': Billionaire Warren Buffett Argues That Companies Should Stop Making Decisions Based on Their Social Beliefs," by Ben Winck, businessinsider.com, Jan. 2, 2020. Ariel Investments ESG Policy Nike Sustainability Initiatives McDonald’s Sustainability Initiatives Market Outlook and Value Investing“Warren Buffett Watcher Echoes Warning on Bitcoin: 'We’re Probably Near the Top of a Bubble'," by Berkeley Lovelace Jr., cnbc.com, Jan. 11, 2018.“Martijn Cremers Unveils ActiveShare.info Fund Website 2.0,” by Martijn Cremers, prnewswire.com, Sept. 15, 2020.“Bill Bernstein: We’re Starting to See All the Signs of the Bubble,” The Long View Podcast with Christine Benz and Jeffrey Ptak, Morningstar.com, March 10, 2021. “These 7 Value Stocks Will Benefit From an Economic Recovery,” by Reshma Kapadia, barrons.com, Feb. 28, 2021. “Ariel Investments’ John Rogers: Taking a Contrarian View to Beat Markets and Prejudice,” financialtimes.com, April 3, 2021.Stocks“A Wall Street Investment Chief Reveals How He Found Stocks at ‘Extraordinary Bargains’ at the Depths of Pandemic Crash--and Reaped Huge Returns,” by Emily Graffeo, businessinsider.com, Nov. 19, 2020. Nielsen Holdings“ViacomCBS Shares Slide 18% After Company Prices Roughly $3 Billion Offering of Equity Securities,” by Ciara Linnane, marketwatch.com, March 24, 2021. Leadership at Ariel Mellody Hobson Biography “At Ariel Investments, Mellody Hobson Gets Promoted to Co-CEO and Becomes Largest Shareholder,” by Mary Ellen Podmolik, chicagotribune.com, July 11, 2019. “Starbucks’s Mellody Hobson, the Only Black Chairwoman in S&P 500, Says ‘Civil Rights 3.0’ Is Brewing,” by Heather Haddon, wsj.com, March 13, 2021.
57 minutes | a month ago
Paul Merriman: ‘This Is Not Just a Problem with Retail Amateur Investors’
Our guest on the podcast today is financial educator and author Paul Merriman. He founded Merriman, a fee-only investment advisory firm, in 1983. He retired from Merriman in 2011 and started The Merriman Financial Education Foundation, which is dedicated to providing comprehensive financial education to investors. Merriman has written several books on investing. His latest released in November 2020 and is called We're Talking Millions! 12 Simple Ways To Supercharge Your Retirement. He writes a weekly column on MarketWatch, and he also hosts the weekly Sound Investing podcast.BackgroundBio BooksMarketWatch columnsSound Investing podcastsFinancial EducationThe Merriman Financial Education FoundationNext Gen Personal FinanceNGPF Documentary: The Most Important Class You Never Had, by Tim Ranzetta, ngpf.org, March 20, 2020."Opinion: My Wild Ride Owning GameStop Stock," by Paul Merriman, MarketWatch, Feb. 12, 2021.Investments "The Ultimate Buy-and-Hold Strategy," by Paul Merriman, MarketWatch, July 17, 2013."30 Reasons to Fall in Love With Index Funds," by Paul Merriman, MarketWatch, June 4, 2014."Why REITs Belong in Your Retirement Portfolio," by Paul Merriman, MarketWatch, April 1, 2015."Opinion: Here Are the two Funds you Need—Before and After Retirement," by Chris Pedersen, MarketWatch, Nov. 30, 2019."Target Date Funds and Portfolio Choice in 401(k) Plans," by Olivia S. Mitchell and Stephen P. Utkus, Wharton Pension Research Council, Jan. 9, 2020."The Lessons of Vanguard's Jack Bogle Have Helped Countless Investors—but His Picks Could Be Improved," by Paul Merriman, MarketWatch, Feb. 13, 2020.Telltale Chart, Bogleheads.org. "Paul Merriman 4 Fund Portfolio Review," OptimizedPortfolio, March 24, 2021.Retirement Decumulation"Fine-Turning Retirement Portfolio Allocations," by Paul Merriman, MarketWatch, July 31, 2013."Retire With More Money and Less Risk," by Paul Merriman, MarketWatch, April 30, 2014. "FAQs About the Merriman Target Date Portfolios," by Chris Pedersen, paulmerriman.com."How to Double Your Target-Date Retirement Fund’s Return in a Single Move," by Paul Merriman, MarketWatch, April 15, 2015."Why Target-Date Funds Are the Best Retirement Investment," by Paul Merriman, MarketWatch, Sept. 7, 2019.
54 minutes | a month ago
Ted Seides: 'How Do You Learn to Listen?'
Our guest this week is Ted Seides. Ted hosts the popular “Capital Allocators” podcast, where each week he interviews leaders in the investing and finance fields, including hedge fund managers, endowment chiefs, and prominent academics. Prior to launching “Capital Allocators,” Ted was a founding partner at Protégé Partners, a firm that invested in and seeded hedge funds. Ted began his career at the Yale University Investment Office before doing stints at Stonebridge Partners and J.H. Whitney & Company. Ted recently published a book reflecting on his conversations with investment leaders and experts entitled Capital Allocators: How the World's Elite Money Managers Lead and Invest. Ted earned his bachelor's degree from Yale University and his MBA from Harvard Business School. He is also a CFA charterholder.BackgroundBio“Capital Allocators”BooksOutsourcing and Complexity“Drew Dickson—Blending Behaviors and Fundamentals at Albert Bridge Capital (First Meeting, Ep. 13),” Capitalallocatorspodcast.com, Nov. 24, 2019.Thinking in Bets: Making Smarter Decisions When You Don’t Have all the Facts by Annie Duke “The Surprising Cost of Volatility,” by Ted Seides, Capitalallocatorspodcast.com, April 26, 2010.“The Future of Long-Short Equity,” by Ted Seides, cfainstitute.org, April 11, 2013.Portfolios and Investment CommitteesTed Seides’ personal portfolioHow I Invest My Money: Finance Experts Reveal How They Save, Spend, and Invest by Joshua Brown and Brian PortnoyPioneering Portfolio Management: An Unconventional Approach to Institutional Investment, by David SwensenArctos Sports Partners “Scott Malpass—The Fighting Irish’s Twelfth Man (Ep. 25),” Capitalallocatorspodcast.com, Sept. 18, 2017.“Michael Mauboussin—Consilient Observations in a Crisis (Ep. 127),” Capitalallocatorspodcast.com, March 22, 2020. 2020.
53 minutes | 2 months ago
Bill Schultheis: Long-Term Investors Are 'Silent Majority'
Our guest on the podcast today is financial advisor and author Bill Schultheis. His latest book is "The Coffeehouse Investor's Ground Rules: Save, Invest, and Plan for a Life of Wealth and Happiness." His first book, published in 1998 and updated several times thereafter, is "The Coffeehouse Investor: How to Build Wealth, Ignore Wall Street, and Get On With Your Life." When he is not writing books, He is a financial advisor with Soundmark Wealth Management, a firm he co-founded in 2008. He received his bachelor's degree in business at Texas A&M University.BackgroundBioThe Coffeehouse InvestorSoundmark Wealth ManagementA Random Walk Down Wall Street: The Time-Tested Strategy for Successful Investing, by Burton MalkielThe Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America’s Wealthy, by William DankoInvesting and Retirementh2“The Coffeehouse Portfolio: Caffeinate Your Investment Strategy,” by Candice Elliott, listenmoneymatter.com, Sept. 11, 2020. “The Coffeehouse Portfolio--2020 Update,” by blbarnitz, bogleheads.org, Jan. 2, 2021.The Dalbar Study"Mind the Gap: How Do Investor Returns Stack Up Against Total Returns?” by Amy C. Arnott, Morningstar.com, Aug. 18, 2020. “On Finance: Understanding the Advantages of Index Funds,” by Bill Schultheis, 425business.com, July 17, 2017.“The Odds of Outperforming Through Active Management,” by Larry Swedroe, investorevidence.com, Feb. 24, 2021.“The Data Don’t Lie—It’s Time to Diversify,” by Bill Schultheis, 425business.com, May 9, 2018.“Twenty Years On, These Three Investing Principles Are as Important as Ever,” by Bill Schultheis, 425business.com, Dec. 11, 2019.“Autopilot Features Can Help Direct You Toward a More Comfortable Retirement,” by Bill Schultheis, 425business.com, June 4, 2019.“Don’t Get Bitten by the Popularity of FAANG Stocks,” by Bill Schultheis, 425business.com, Feb. 5, 2020.
41 minutes | 2 months ago
Bill Bernstein: We're Starting to See all of the Signs of a Bubble
Our guest this week is noted author and advisor, William Bernstein. Bill’s background and entree to finance is unique--a neurologist by training, Bill taught himself the principles of investing and asset allocation, eventually parlaying that knowledge into a successful financial advisory practice and a series of influential, critically acclaimed books such as The Intelligent Asset Allocator, The Four Pillars of Investing, If You Can: How Millennials Can Get Rich Slowly, and his latest, The Delusions of Crowds.Background BioBooks“Bernstein: ‘I Don’t Think the System Needs Nudges. I Think the System Needs Dynamite,’”The Long View Podcast, May 7, 2019. Current Market EnvironmentThe Wisdom of Crowds, by James Surowiecki“A Stock Market Bubble Is Forming,” by John Rekanthaler, Morningstar.com, Oct. 20, 2020.“From 1720 to Tesla, FOMO Never Sleeps,” by Jason Zweig, wsj.com, July 17, 2020.“The 4 Pillars of Investing,” by Larissa Fernand, Morningstar.com, June 19, 2020.“4 Ways Today’s Stock Market Resembles That of the Late 1990s,” by John Rekenthaler, Morningstar.com, March 4, 2021. Inflation, Bonds, and Other Asset Classes“The Case for Minimizing Risk in Your Bond Holdings,” by William Bernstein, wsj.com, Oct. 18, 2015.Inflation, Deflation, Confiscation & Devastation--The Four Horsemen of Risk,” by Wade Pfau, forbes.com, March 4, 2020. “What if Inflation Isn’t Dead?” by John Rekenthaler, Morningstar.com, Aug. 11, 2020.Pioneering Portfolio Management: An Unconventional Approach to Institutional Investment by David F. Swensen.“Fran Kinniry: Applying the Vanguard Approach to Private Equity,” The Long View Podcast, April 1, 2020. “What Are SPACs and Should I Care?” by David Sekera, Morningstar.com, March 2, 2021. Retirement“How to Think About Risk in Retirement,” by William Bernstein, wsj.com, Nov. 30, 2014.“Retirement Planning When You Have Enough,” by Christine Benz, Morningstar.com, Sept. 11, 2020."Of Viruses, Distressed Sales, and Stocks' 'Rightful Owners,' " by Bill Bernstein, efficient frontier.com, 2020. ETFs“No Room on the ARK?” by Ben Johnson and Bobby Blue, Morningstar.com, March 3, 2021. “Digging Into ARK Innovation’s Portfolio,” by Amy Arnott, Morningstar.com, Feb. 18, 2021. “Gerard O’Reilly: Control for the Unexpected, Focus on the Expected,” The Long View Podcast, Jan. 26, 2021.
51 minutes | 2 months ago
Meg Bartelt: 'More Money Does Not Make You Happier'
Our guest on the podcast today is financial advisor Meg Bartelt. She started Flow Financial Planning, a fee-only practice, geared toward providing financial guidance for women in the technology sector in 2016. Prior to starting Flow Financial, Meg worked for a fee-only Registered Investment Advisor in Virginia and was a technical writer for 10 years in the San Francisco Bay Area. She received her master's degree in financial planning from Golden Gate University, and her Bachelor of Arts in economics from Wellesley College. She is also a certified financial planner.BackgroundBioFlow Financial Planning“How to Prepare for the Surprising Costs of Motherhood,” by Stacy Rapacon, money.usnews.com, Nov. 5, 2018.Niche Marketing and Life Planning “The Who, What, and Why of Hiring a Business Coach,” by Meg Bartelt, xyplanningnetwork.com, Dec. 15, 2016.“The Efficiency Benefits of Niching From the Start to Launch an Advisory Firm,” by Michael Kitces, Kitces.com, July 23, 2018.XY Planning NetworkGrace Hopper Celebration“My Takeaways From #GHC18. And Yes They’re All About Money,” by Meg Bartelt, flowfp.com, Oct. 2, 2018.“What Can You Negotiate For? Pretty Much Anything. What SHOULD You Negotiate For?” by Meg Bartelt, flowfp.com, Jan. 20, 2021.EVOKE: A Life Planning Methodology“George Kinder: A Financial Plan Needs to Be a Life Plan,” The Long View Podcast, Morningstar.com, Jan. 20, 2021. Investments and Financial Planning“If You Work in Tech Your 401(k) Is Probably Not Enough,” by Meg Bartelt, you.women2.com, June 22, 2017.“Pay Attention to Your Employee Benefits,” by Meg Bartelt, you.women2.com, April 4, 2018.“If you Have RSUs and Your Company Just Went Public, You Miiiight Want to Check Your Tax Situation,” by Meg Bartelt, flowfp.com, May 24, 2019.“Lessons From Airbnb’s IPO,” by Meg Bartelt, flowfp.com, Dec. 21, 2020.
51 minutes | 2 months ago
Hamish Douglass: On the Hunt for Super-Compounding Stocks
Our guest this week is Hamish Douglass. He is the co-founder, chairman, and chief investment officer of Magellan Financial Group, a roughly $80 billion asset-management firm with headquarters in Sydney. Among his duties, Douglass is lead manager of the Magellan Global Equity strategy, which is a concentrated portfolio of high-quality growth stocks. That strategy has been very successful since its July 2007 inception, handily beating its benchmark, the MSCI World Index, with significantly less risk. Before forming Magellan in 2006, Douglass was co-head of global banking for Deutsche Bank in Australia and New Zealand. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of New South Wales.BackgroundBioFrontier MFG Global Equity"The Essential Balance: Independent Thinker, Team Player," by Rebecca Thurlow, The Wall Street Journal, Dec. 11, 2006."Learn More About Magellan's Global Equity Strategy," Magellan, July 2019."Being a Successful Investor," by Hamish Douglass, MFG Asset Management.Investment Style and Portfolio Construction"10 Cognitive Biases That Can Lead to Investment Mistakes," by Hamish Douglass, Magellan, May 2017."Business Model Disruption Has Barely Begun," by Hamish Douglass, Firstlinks, Oct. 15, 2017."Business Model Disruption--Part 2," by Hamish Douglass, Firstlinks, Oct. 19, 2017."Passive Investing and Disruption," by Hamish Douglass, Magellan, July 2017. "13 Investing Insights From Hamish Douglass," by Hamish Douglass, Livewire, Aug. 5, 2019."Hamish Douglass' Map for Investing This Decade," by Vesna Poljak, Financial Review, Jan. 24, 2020."Hamish Douglass on What Really Matters," by Hamish Douglass and Frank Casarotti, Firstlinks, Oct. 21, 2020."What Sort of Economy Awaits on the Other Side? Hamish Douglass Shares Four Possibilities," by Vishal Teckchandani, Livewire, April 1, 2020."Magellan to Offer Low-Cost Investment Strategies," by Charlotte Grieve, The Sydney Morning Herald, Aug. 13, 2020."China's Clampdown on Jack Ma's Ant Boosts Rivals," by Sun Yu and Tom Mitchell, Financial Times, Feb. 18, 2021.
50 minutes | 3 months ago
Russel Kinnel: 'Fear and Greed Are the Enemy of Good Investing'
Our guest today is Russ Kinnel. Russ is director of manager research for Morningstar Research Services and the longtime editor of the Morningstar FundInvestor newsletter. As part of his duties, Russ chairs the North America ratings committee that oversees and approves the Morningstar Analyst Ratings that Morningstar's manager research analysts assign to the funds they cover. A mainstay of our research efforts for years, Russ has authored a number of well-known and widely cited studies, including the annual “Mind the Gap” study of investor returns, and is frequently quoted in the financial media. Russ is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he received his bachelor's degree in economics.BackgroundBioBooksAuthor Page Morningstar FundInvestor Related Articles“Environmental, Social, and Governance Investing,” Morningstar.com.“What Helen Young Hayes’ Departure Means to Janus,” by Russ Kinnel, April 21, 2003.“Lessons From the Bill Gross Saga,” by John Rekenthaler, Morningstar.com, Oct. 1, 2014.“Flows + Bloat = Headaches for Funds,” by Russ Kinnel, Morningstar.com, March 27, 2017.“Fink: BlackRock Continues to Evolve,” by Daniel Culloton, Morningstar.com, April 28, 2017.“Enhancement to Sustainability Rating Emphasizes Material ESG Risk,” by Jon Hale, Morningstar.com, Nov. 8, 2019. “Where the Medalists Are,” by Christine Benz and Russ Kinnel, Morningstar.com, Sept. 15, 2020.“The Best Fund Companies and Their Ratings,” by Russ Kinnel, Morningstar.com, Jan. 28, 2020.“Flowmageddon: Is it Time Yet?” by Russel Kinnel, Morningstar.com, July 24, 2020.“Mind the Gap: How Do Investor Returns Stack Up Against Total Returns?” by Amy C. Arnott, Morningstar.com, Aug. 18, 2020.“Can Bond Funds Grow Large More Gracefully Than Stock Funds?” by Christine Benz and Russ Kinnel, Sept. 22, 2020.“Farewell, Mutual Funds,” by John Rekenthaler, Morningstar.com, Jan. 21, 2021.“A Quick Survey of Investment Vehicles,” by Russ Kinnel, Morningstar.com, Jan. 20, 2021.
46 minutes | 3 months ago
NYT's Ron Lieber on What and How to Pay for College
Our guest on the podcast today is The New York Times financial columnist and author Ron Lieber. His latest book is called The Price You Pay for College: An Entirely New Road Map for the Biggest Financial Decision Your Family Will Ever Make. He is also the author of The Opposite of Spoiled: Raising Kids Who Are Grounded, Generous, and Smart About Money and coauthor of Taking Time Off: Inspiring Stories of Students Who Enjoyed Successful Breaks From College and How You Can Plan Your Own. Ron has been the "Your Money" columnist for The New York Times since 2008. Before coming to The Times, he wrote the "Green Thumb" personal finance column for The Wall Street Journal and was part of the startup team at the paper's “Personal Journal” section. He attended Amherst College.BackgroundBioBooksCollege in the Pandemic“Remote Learning Is Unequal. Coronavirus Changed That--For Now,” by Jonathan Zimmerman, thephiladelphiainquirer.com, April 8, 2020.“Spelman College Faces a Redefined Reality,” by Mary Schmidt Campbell, nytimes.com, April 23, 2020.“Colleges Won’t Refund Tuition. Autumn May Force a Reckoning,” by Ron Lieber, nytimes.com, May 1, 2020.“Back to School: How the Coronavirus Could Shape the Future of Higher Education,” by Karen Wallace, Morningstar.com, Nov. 9, 2020. “Will College Tuition Go Down Because of the Pandemic?” by Norman Vanamee, townandcountrymag.com, Feb. 4, 2021.School Choice and CostWhere You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be: An Antidote to the College Admission’s Mania, by Frank Bruni, March 8, 2016. “The Price You Pay for College, 21 Important Questions to Ask,” by Ron Lieber, grownandflown.com, Jan. 23, 2021.“College Costs Are Less Terrifying Than You Think,” by Ron Lieber, nytimes.com, Jan. 28, 2021.“How to Pay for College (and Not Lose Your Shirt),” by Ron Lieber, nytimes.com, Jan, 26, 2021.“How Taking a Gap Year Can Shape Your Life,” by Ron Lieber, nytimes.com, Oct. 19, 2016.Financial Aid and Merit Aid“How to Predict Merit Aid in a Strange College Application Season,” by Ron Lieber, nytimes.com, Sept. 25, 2020.“How to Ask a College for More Financial Aid,” by Ron Lieber, nytimes.com, April 25, 2020.“What a $300,000 College Might Cost a $200,000 Family,” by Ron Lieber, nytimes.com, Oct. 3, 2020.“High School Grades Could Be Worth $100,000. Time to Tell Your Child?” by Ron Lieber, nytimes.com, Jan. 23, 2021.“FAFSA’s Expected Family Contribution Is Going Away. Good Riddance,” by Ron Lieber, nytimes.com, Jan. 4, 2021.“Inside College Merit Aid—and the Manipulative, Lucrative System That Keeps it Running,” by Ron Lieber, nbcnews.com, Feb. 4, 2021. Loans“Parent PLUS Loans: What You Need to Know,” by Kimberly Rotter and Bob Musinski, usnews.com, Feb. 7, 2020.“For Millions Deep in Student Loan Debt, Bankruptcy Is No Easy Fix,” by Ron Lieber and Tara Siegel Bernard, nytimes.com, Nov. 18, 2020.“An Invisible Cost of College: Parental Guilt,” by Ron Lieber, nytimes.com, Feb. 3, 2021.“Here’s a Guide to How Grandparents Can Help Pay for College,” by Ron Lieber, marketwatch.com, Feb. 2, 2021.
56 minutes | 3 months ago
David Giroux: 'What Are the Market Inefficiencies we Can Exploit?'
BackgroundBioT. Rowe Price Capital Appreciation“Morningstar Announces 2012 Fund Manager of the Year Award Winners,” by Scott Burns, Morningstar.com, Jan. 3, 2013. “Announcing Morningstar’s 2017 U.S. Fund Managers of the Year,” by Laura Pavlenko Lutton, Morningstar.com, Jan. 28, 2018“This Fund Manager Is Among the Greats,” by Leo Acheson, Morningstar.com, Dec. 2, 2020.Outlook/Forecast“2021 Global Market Outlook: Managing to the Other Side,” by David Giroux, Justin Thomson, and Mark Vaselkiv, troweprice.com, Dec. 14, 2020. “What it’s Like to Buy $9 billion in Stocks During a Market Crash—This Fund Manager Did Just That,” by Philip van Doorn, marketwatch.com, June 4, 2020.ReorganizationT. Rowe Price Investment Management Overview“Is T. Rowe’s Split a Smart Way to Handle Growth?” by Katie Rushkewicz Reichart, Morningstar.com, Nov. 19, 2020.Portfolio Construction & Stock-Picking“Why Every Growth Stock Portfolio Should be Overweight in Utilities,” by Sergei Klebnikov, forbes.com, Nov. 21, 2019.“Finding Overlooked Opportunities in the COVID-19 Market,” by David Giroux, troweprice.com, Sept. 10, 2020.“An Investor Bought Billions in Stocks When it Really Hurt,” by Tim Gray, nytimes.com, July 10, 2020.“Creativity in a Low-Yield Era,” by David Giroux and Mark Vaselkiv, troweprice.com, Jan, 21, 2020.
56 minutes | 3 months ago
Gerard O’Reilly: Control for the Unexpected, Focus on the Expected
Our guest this week is Gerard O'Reilly. Gerard is co-CEO and chief investment officer of Dimensional Fund Advisors, an asset manager headquartered in Austin, Texas, that manages more than $600 billion using a systematic investing approach. In his role, Gerard works with his co-CEO, Dave Butler, to set the firm's vision and strategy while also overseeing its investment processes. Prior to assuming his current post, Gerard was Dimensional's head of research. In addition to serving as a Dimensional director, Gerard co-chairs the firm's Investment Research Committee and is a member of its Investment Committee. Gerard obtained his doctorate in aeronautics from the California Institute of Technology and his master's degree in high-performance computing from Trinity College, Dublin.BackgroundBio“Dimensional Eyes the Fund Sector’s Trillion-Dollar Club,” by Owen Walker, thefinancialtimes, March 31, 2019.ETF Launch “Dimensional Fund Advisors Significantly Expands ETF Offering,” dimensional.com, Nov. 17, 2020.“Dimensional Investing in an Active ETF Structure,” dimensional.com, Nov. 17, 2020.“Dimensional Funds ETFs Launch as Quant Plans to Convert Mutual Funds,” by Claire Ballentine, Bloombergquint, Nov. 19, 2020.“Why Dimensional Fund Advisors Is Converting Six of its Mutual Funds to the ETF Format,” by Lizzy Gurdus, cnbc.com, Dec. 1, 2020. Innovation, Value, and Return“Market Beaters: A Different Dimension,” by Beverly Goodman, barrons.com, Jan. 6, 2014.“3 Shades of Value,” by Daniel Sotiroff, Morningstar.com, Sept. 26, 2018.“Robert Merton on Financial Innovation,” by Robert C. Merton, dimensional.com, June 24, 2019.“The Real Reason Value Has Been Lagging Growth,” by Julie Segal, institutionalinvestor.com, Oct. 24, 2019.“Tesla’s Charge Reveals Weak Points of Indexing,” dimensional.com, Jan. 15, 2020.“Untangling Intangibles,” by Savina Rizova and Namiko Saito, dimensional.com, Sept. 28, 2020.“An Exceptional Value Premium,” dimensional.com, Oct. 5, 2020. “Securities Lending Fees as a Short-Term Driver of Stock Returns,” by Kaitlin Simpson Hendrix and Gavin Crabb, dimensional.com, Nov. 11, 2020.ESG“Sustainability Report,” dimensional.com, Dec. 31, 2020.“Burton Malkiel: ‘I Am Not a Big Fan of ESG Investing,’ ” The Long View podcast with Christine Benz and Jeff Ptak, Morningstar.com, Aug. 5, 2020.“Dimensional Finds ‘Little Evidence’ Emissions Are Linked to Expected Returns,” by Christine Idzelis, institutionalinvestor.com, Oct. 22, 2020.
44 minutes | 4 months ago
George Kinder: A Financial Plan Needs To Be a Life Plan
Our guest on the podcast today is George Kinder. He founded the Kinder Life Institute, which trains financial professionals in the field of what's called Life Planning after a 30-year career as a practicing financial planner and tax advisor. George is also the author of several books dedicated to teaching advisors about life planning: The Seven Stages of Money Maturity, Lighting the Torch, and Life Planning for You. He was the first winner of the Financial Planning Association's Heart of Financial Planning Award, which recognizes "individuals who demonstrate commitment and passion in doing extraordinary work to contribute or give back to the financial planning community and/or the public."BackgroundBioThe Kinder Institute of Life PlanningBooksThe Genesis & Discovery Process of Life PlanningEVOKE:® A Life Planning Methodology“Psychology and Life Planning,” by George Kinder and Susan Galvan, kinderinstitute.com.“George Kinder: Three Questions About Life Planning,” by J.D. Roth, getrichslowly.org, Feb. 15, 2009.“Financial Planner Vs. Financial *Life* Planner. Which One Is the “Right One” for Me?” by Cristina Livadary, manafld.com, Jan. 24, 2020.“Kinder: Wisdom and Life Planning in the Coronavirus Era,” by George Kinder, financialplanningtoday.co.uk, April 6, 2020.Financial AdviceWebinar: “George Kinder on Work-Life Balance--Life Planning & Mindfulness,” by George Kinder, brighttalk.com, Jan. 28, 2016.Seven Stages of Money Maturity WorkshopEVOKE® 5-Day Life Planning TrainingLife Planning for You
47 minutes | 4 months ago
Steve Chen: 'How Do You Deliver Lifetime Income?'
Our guest on the podcast today is Steve Chen. Steve is the founder and CEO of NewRetirement.com, which he describes as a TurboTax for financial planning. NewRetirement advisors also offer one-on-one financial advice and coaching with certified financial planners. Prior to founding NewRetirement, Steve founded venture-backed companies in education and financial services and worked as a consultant at firms including Charles Schwab, Fidelity, and Dimensional Fund Advisors. He also hosts the NewRetirement podcast and contributes to Forbes. Steve received his Bachelor of Science in systems engineering from Boston University.Background BioNewRetirement.com Retirement Planning“Podcast: Nobel Prize Winner Robert Merton on Fixing Retirement,” by Steve Chen, newretirement.com, July 5, 2018.“The Future of Retirement Planning Is Already Here, It’s Just Not Evenly Distributed,” by Stephen Chen, soa.org, 2018.“Why Retirement Decumulation Is the New Accumulation,” by Stephen Chen, forbes.com, Sept. 30, 2019. “5 Steps to Ensure Your Money Lasts Through Retirement,” by Steve Chen, moneytalksnews.com, Jan. 6, 2021.The Pandemic & Retirement “2021: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly,” by Stephen Chen, forbes.com, Sept. 7, 2020.“Kerry Hannon: Remote Work Trend Benefits Older Workers,” The Long View Podcast with Christine Benz and Jeff Ptak, Morningstar.com, Oct. 21, 2020.“The Most Dangerous Age for Retirement,” by Stephen Chen, forbes.com, Nov. 1, 2020.Spending & Withdrawal Rates“Tax-Efficient Retirement Withdrawal Strategies,” by Stephen Chen, forbes.com, Dec. 17, 2018. “5 Mistakes to Avoid When Shopping for Annuities,” by Steve Chen, newretirement.com, June 27, 2020.“5 Steps for Defining Your Retirement Drawdown Strategy,” by Steve Chen, newretirement.com, June 29, 2020.“The Pros and Cons of Annuities: How to Evaluate Annuities for Your Retirement,” by Kathleen Coxwell, newretirement.com, Sept. 15, 2020.“Karsten Jeske: Cracking the Code on Retirement Spending Rates,” The Long View Podcast with Christine Benz and Jeff Ptak, Morningstar.com, Oct. 14, 2020.Zvi BodieSocial Security & Long-Term Care“The Actual Costs of Long-Term Health Care,” by Kathleen Coxwell, newretirement.com, July 3, 2020. “Changes Coming to Social Security & Medicare: Small COLA and 6 Other New Developments for 2021,” by Kathleen Coxwell, newretirement.com, Oct. 14, 2020.“Serious Medical Crisis: Many Retirees Will Require Long-Term Care, but Few Will Be Able to Afford It,” newretirement.com.
52 minutes | 4 months ago
Liz Ann Sonders: 'We Could See Some Inflation Scares'
Our guest on the podcast is Liz Ann Sonders, who is senior vice president and chief investment strategist at Charles Schwab. In her role, Sonders is responsible for conducting market and economic analysis, which she and her team publish in a variety of forms. She also regularly appears in the financial media and was recently named to the Barron's "100 Most Influential Women in Finance" list. Sonders joined Schwab in 2000, when the firm acquired her prior employer, U.S. Trust. Before that, she was a managing director and senior portfolio manager at Avatar Associates. Sonders received her bachelor's degree from the University of Delaware and her Master of Business Administration from Fordham University's Gabelli School of Business.BackgroundLiz Ann Sonders' bio Market Outlook"Schwab Market Perspective: Watching the Wheels," by Liz Ann Sonders, Jeffrey Kleintop, and Kathy Jones, Charles Schwab, Dec. 11, 2020."2021 U.S. Market Outlook: Better Days?" by Liz Ann Sonders, Charles Schwab, Nov. 30, 2020."2020 Mid-Year Outlook: U.S. Stocks and Economy," by Liz Ann Sonders, Charles Schwab, June 15, 2020."2020 U.S. Market Outlook: Ramble On? by Liz Ann Sonders, Charles Schwab."Another Tricky Day," by Liz Ann Sonders, AdvisorAnalyst.com, Aug. 11, 2020.Martin Zweig's Winning on Wall Street"What Is Don't Fight the Fed?" by Kent Thune, The Balance, July 15, 2020."Fed Aims to Help Nurse the Economy Back to Health," by Liz Ann Sonders, AdvisorAnalyst.com, April 30, 2020."The Song Remains the Same: Fed Keeps Rates/Balance Sheet Steady," by Liz Ann Sonders, Charles Schwab, Dec. 16, 2020. The Pandemic and the Future"How the U.S. Economic Stimulus Package May Affect Investors," by Schwab Center for Financial Research, March 27, 2020."Schwab's Liz Ann Sonders Puts Odds of Stimulus at Slim to None," by Jeff Benjamin, InvestmentNews, Oct. 28, 2020."Triage: Throwing Everything at the Virus," by Liz Ann Sonders, AdvisorAnalyst.com, March 24, 2020."Schwab's Sonders, Kleintop Predict Weak Start for Economy in 2021," by Jeff Berman, ThinkAdvisor, Dec. 20, 2020.
37 minutes | 4 months ago
Best of the Long View 2020: The Pandemic and Investing
Hear some of favorite clips from conversations we had in 2020 with portfolio managers and investors in this week's episode.Here are the complete episodes that are referenced in this week’s episode.Mohamed El-Erian: 'We Did Not Prepare for Something As Severe As What We’re Facing’Rick Rieder: Nobody Has Ever Seen Anything Like ThisDan Fuss: It's Too Early to RelaxMary Ellen Stanek: Hitting for Singles and Doubles in the Bond MarketJon Stein: 'Free Trading Is Actually Going to Cost You'Burton Malkiel: 'I Am Not a Big Fan of ESG Investing'Jim Dahle: 'Income Is Not Wealth'Charley Ellis: Why Active Investing Is Still a Loser's Game Will Danoff: Succeeding at ScaleJerome Clark: 'We Tend to Become Myopic in a Bear Market'Michael Reckmeyer and Matthew Hand: How to Protect Downside Amid Lofty Valuations and Paltry Yields
37 minutes | 4 months ago
Best of the Long View 2020: Financial Planning and Retirement
On this week’s episode we’ll feature some of our favorite clips from interviews we’ve done on the topics of financial planning and retirement research.Here are the complete episodes that are referenced in this week’s episode.Michelle Singletary: ‘You Need Diversity’ Kerry Hannon: Remote Work Trend Benefits Older WorkersWade Pfau: The 4% Rule Is No Longer SafeJonathan Guyton: What the Crisis Means for Retirement PlanningJamie Hopkins: How Low Bond Yields, Recession Impact Retirement Mary Beth Franklin: To Fix Social Security, 'Everybody Is Going to Have to Be Unhappy’ Tim Maurer: ‘Personal Finance Is More Personal Than It Is Finance’ Lazetta Rainey Braxton: ‘Financial Planning for ‘the Rest of Us’Carl Richards: ‘Let’s Focus on Being a Little Less Wrong Tomorrow’Ramit Sethi: ‘What Is Your Rich Life?’ Brian Portnoy: Balancing Returns with Simplicity, Financial Independence, and Peace of Mind
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