Free Equity Trades: Winners & Losers

Posted by Brandon Langley on 10/4/19 1:12 PM

The Impact on Advisors (Does Free = Free?)

A frequent topic in our writing is the changing landscape for advisors and investors in terms of the cost of doing business and the impact of technology. With so much rapid change taking place in the industry, there has not been a shortage of material. In fact, it was only a few years ago that things like trading commissions were a major consideration when developing investment strategies. What are now mainstream approaches, like passive investing, robo-advising, and low to no commissions, were once either obscure or did not exist. We are now simultaneously experiencing peak passive and a new low in the race to the bottom on fees.

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Topics: Transparency, Systematic Investing

Investor Behavior Matters: One Trillion Votes and Counting

Posted by Brandon Langley on 9/26/19 1:19 PM

Earlier this month, Jason Zweig wrote an insightful article about Target Date Funds (TDF), which in the last year surpassed the one trillion-dollar mark in assets under management. In the piece, he provided some background on these instruments and how they have been perceived in the market. He concluded by describing the current equity exposure across some of the prominent TDF providers.

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Topics: Behavioral Finance

Baked in the Cake

Posted by Brandon Langley on 9/10/19 1:01 PM

Vanilla is a fascinating ingredient. It is one of the most popular flavors worldwide and is incredibly common for use in baked goods. The process of creating vanilla flavoring is time-consuming and labor-intensive intensive, which is why in its purest form it is also one of the most expensive spices in the world.

Vanilla’s widespread use and high value alone are not what makes it interesting. Take vanilla and add it to a cake mix and it enhances the flavor, turning an ordinary result into something great. But if you first bake the cake and then drizzle even the highest quality vanilla over it, you have effectively ruined the cake.

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Topics: Behavioral Finance, Systematic Investing

Volatility vs the Human

Posted by Tommy Mayes on 8/21/19 10:14 AM

If you are paying any attention to the media the last few weeks you know at least two things: China and the United States are having a tariff standoff, and the market (AKA all things tradeable) is having a rough end to the summer. On the latter point, why does volatility to the downside drive so much hysteria and so many prime time CNBC specials? I believe it is simply because we are all human.
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Topics: Behavioral Finance, Systematic Investing

What Can Elite Financial Advisors Learn From Alibaba?

Posted by Jon Robinson on 8/8/19 11:07 AM

If you are like me, you probably spend a lot of time marveling at and studying the likes of Amazon, Google, and even Facebook. Each is only about 20 years old, yet they each occupy a spot in the world’s ten most valuable companies. Casting aside the varying forms of backlash they have experienced recently, there is much to admire about each firm’s growth and ubiquity.

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Topics: Advisor Practice Management

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