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401(k) Madness

  • August 25th, 2014

All across America, a familiar ritual is repeated at least quarterly. Sponsors of 401(k) plans meet with their brokers, insurance companies or other advisers. The purpose of the meeting is to decide which funds to keep as investment options and which ones to eliminate. Everyone has a familiar role. The plan adviser comes prepared with…

Index investing still wins in emerging markets

  • August 25th, 2014

A regular reader sent me the following email: “If you get the chance, I would appreciate you including a piece about whether the Franklin Templeton Developing Markets (TEDMX) fund adds value. Its manager, Mark Mobius, is always quoted as the guru and pioneer of emerging markets investing. Does he do any better than a passive…

Investors Too Focused On Dividends

  • August 25th, 2014

Despite the fact that financial theory has long held that dividend policy should be irrelevant to stock returns, one of the biggest trends in recent years has been individual investors rushing to buy dividend-paying stocks. In some cases, it’s a substitute for safer, but lower-yielding bonds. In others, it’s because investors believe dividend-paying stocks are…

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