Vanguard takes on DFA

Vanguard has decided to dive into the “smart-beta” pool (aka factor-based investing). Will these be worthy competitors, or just another “me too” product? “They are apparently going to be ETFs that are not broadly diversified, but which focus just on the specific segment of the equity market that adds the tilt. DFA has funds which are Read more about Vanguard takes on DFA[…]

Occam’s Razor – One of the Most Successful Active Managers of all Time Shows Why Active Management Doesn’t Work

“For active management to work, a manager doesn’t just need to be able to predict what will happen next, they need to know if it will be better or worse than what the market expected. Active management is like betting on sports – you can’t just pick who’s going to win, you need to be Read more about Occam’s Razor – One of the Most Successful Active Managers of all Time Shows Why Active Management Doesn’t Work[…]

The Best Fund Company You’ve Never Heard Of …

… And Why It Doesn’t Want Your Money! Beverly Goodman wrote this article way back in 2002. Her opening line – “Dimensional Fund Advisors (DFA) might be one of the best kept secrets in the mutual fund industry” – rings as true today as it did back then. And that’s a very good thing! Read Read more about The Best Fund Company You’ve Never Heard Of …[…]

Investing Against the Odds, and the Facts

Carl Richards nails it again: “Let’s go back to the idea of beating the market. I know of no study that contradicts the truth of the high improbability of doing so. Assume we know this fact and do believe it’s very unlikely we’ll beat the market. Why, then, do so many of us act contrary Read more about Investing Against the Odds, and the Facts[…]