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Beware Stars Of Investment Balls

  • November 10th, 2014

Let’s define “popular” as being liked or admired by the general public. One might reasonably think that popularity is a good thing, right? But when it comes to investing, research shows popularity often comes with lower returns. This correlation can sometimes result in a conflict with traditional economic theory, where risk and expected return should…

Understanding Muni Bond Spreads

  • November 10th, 2014

The municipal bond market has almost $4 trillion in total debt outstanding. That compares with about $18 trillion in outstanding U.S. Treasury debt. Besides market size, municipal bonds differ from Treasurys in that they carry credit risk, are less liquid and are exempt from federal income tax. The size of the spread between Treasury bonds…

Don’t Balance Money and Life, Integrate Them

  • November 10th, 2014

We got the subtitle of my last book wrong. It reads, “Balancing Money and Life.” And while the book is still substantively solid and its aging content remains mostly relevant, the subtitle, I now believe, is a misnomer. It may actually contradict the book’s fundamental message. Whether we’re talking about money and life, work and…

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