Daniel Kahneman: Minimize Investors’ Regrets by Splitting Portfolios

A recent article in ThinkAdvisor chronicles a discussion with Daniel Kahneman (Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Science, 2002) at the MorningStar Investment Conference in Chicago (June 11-13, 2018) about the need to find strategies that will minimize investors’ regrets.  He theorized, based on Prospect Theory, that investors would be more comfortable with portfolios that consisted of two distinct parts: one for stable investments, the other for riskier investments. Probably without realizing it, Dr. Kahneman was advocating for dedicated portfolio theory as applied to personal finance. Click here to read our reflection >>

The bond party is over

The rise in interest rates since the historic low in 2012 has many bond fund investors running for cover, much to the consternation of Pacific Investment Management Co.’s chief executive Bill Gross. And if one looks at rates over the long term, run they should! Read the article here >>>

Defined-Maturity ETFs: Good Product, Bad Strategy?

logo_barronsFor retirees hoping to sleep at night, “laddering” bonds ensures that each year a batch of individual bonds will mature, providing the income needed for that year. There’s another option: defined-maturity bond ETFs, which resemble individual bonds right up to their distributions and maturity dates. But laddering with either ETFs or individual bonds brings its own set of trade-offs. Read the article here >>>