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Scott Puritz
An Appreciation of Yale’s Star Investment Chief, David Swensen

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The lives of financial titans can seem otherworldly, replete with the trinkets of absurd wealth that come from commanding personal billions. Then there’s David Swensen, the one-time Wall Streeter who passed up all that and instead focused on something larger than himself: building a massive gift for the benefit of generations of students to come.… Continue reading

Scott Puritz
Inflationary Trends: Should We Be Afraid?

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Will inflation be a real problem in the coming years, or a short-term blip that settles down quickly into steady economic growth? That is the debate among economists and policymakers of all stripes, as recounted by Neil Irwin in this informative New York Times piece below. As investment managers, we at Rebalance watch these trends… Continue reading

Scott Puritz
Survey: Most Americans Have No Clue What Their Retirement Plan Costs

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Do you know — really know — what you pay for your retirement plan? If you do, consider yourself in the minority. A recent Rebalance poll found that more than half of Americans (57%) believe they pay “no fees” or “very low fees” for their 401(k) plan at work.  And nearly a quarter of respondents… Continue reading

More Americans own stocks. This is great for their financial future.

More Americans own stocks. This is great for their financial future.

For the first time since the stock market crash of 2008, consumer confidence with the stock market has returned. According to legendary Washington Post columnist, Michelle Singletary, investors have had a bumpy ride over the past decade. In the process, they have been rewarded with annual returns of approximately 12%. More Americans own stocks. This… Continue reading

 

What Investors Should Know About Money-Market Funds and CDs

Investors should consider using cash-equivalent investments, such as money market funds or CDs, to make sure that your idle cash is generating attractive short-term gains. Source: The Wall Street Journal May 6, 2023. What Investors Should Know About Money-Market Funds and CDs Investors are turning to these cash-equivalent investments, some of which are yielding 5%… Continue reading

 
With the Odds on Their Side, They Still Couldn’t Beat the Market

With the Odds on Their Side, They Still Couldn’t Beat the Market

The Rebalance tried-and-true adage remains the same, echoed by this NYTs columnist: it is nearly impossible to beat the stock market. The most prudent long-term investing strategy is to “own” the entire stock market through low-cost, broad exposure index funds. Source: The New York Times April 14, 2023. With the Odds on Their Side, They… Continue reading

 

The 60-40 Investment Strategy Is Back After Tanking Last Year

With the perspective of time, the calls for the death of the 60%/40% investment strategy came too soon. The click-bait articles of 2022 did not deter the Rebalance long-term investors. Source: The Wall Street Journal April 12, 2023. The 60-40 Investment Strategy Is Back After Tanking Last Year The recovery has emboldened investors who didn’t… Continue reading

 

Secure 2.0: Wide-Sweeping Retirement Legislation Passed by Congress

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At Rebalance, we strive to make investing and saving for retirement smoother, safer, and easier for our small business owner clients and their employees with our BetterK solution. The recent passage of the new Secure Act 2.0 aims to expand access to retirement plants, increase retirement savings, help Americans preserve income, and streamline retirement plan… Continue reading

 

Inheritance? Here’s Why Not to Pay Off Your Mortgage

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We all know the stories of famous athletes who go broke. And then there is the infamous “lottery curse,” where winners end up bankrupt a few short years after hitting the jackpot. Most folks think that they’re smarter than that. They believe they will properly manage any inheritances that come their way. If only we… Continue reading

 

What is the worst time to hire a financial adviser?

Rebalance Managing Director Mitch Tuchman outlines in this column how one should take financial advice as seriously as they take medical advice. by Mitch Tuchman, January 31, 2024 If the number of digits on your retirement account balance surprises you, that might be a sign you need to get help with your financial decisions. The average… Continue reading

 

Index Funds Overtake Active Funds In Major Milestone

A 48-year-old major milestone has been reached: in 2023, mutual and exchange traded index funds in the United States overtook their actively managed counterparts. Index Funds Overtake Active Funds In Major Milestone by Miriam Rozen, January 31, 2024 By a margin of $8 billion, the investment industry reached a 48-years-in-the-making milestone at the end of 2023: Passive… Continue reading

 

What I Learned When I Stopped Watching the Stock Market

WSJ Columnist Jason Zweig, as he returns from a lengthy sabbatical, excellently illustrates Rebalance’s tried and true mantra: think long-term and turn off the “noise”. What I Learned When I Stopped Watching the Stock Market Over-reacting to the news can poison your portfolio and sour your life. Here’s how to keep your investment plan on track.… Continue reading

 

What is the Story of the Last Few Years?

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As 2023 draws to a close, this question may be on many investors’ minds. Stock markets in the year 2020 started off on an upward trend with the S&P 500 Index increasing from a closing value of $3,230.78 on 12/31/2019 to $3,386.15 on 2/19/2020 (a gain of about 4.8% in less than two months). However,… Continue reading

 

The Value in Automating Required Minimum Distribution Payments (RMDs)

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As we approach the end of 2023, it is important to look at one’s entire financial picture and decide if any actions must be taken to optimize one’s finances in the coming year.  One such action that our Rebalance team prioritizes is reminding our clients ages 72 and over to automate their RMDs. You might… Continue reading

 

Financial Gift Ideas for Any Age

Are you wondering what to wrap up and gift to your loved ones this holiday season? The article below showcases financial gifts, and provides excellent options for a variety of ages, from children to seniors and all others in between. Financial Gift Ideas for Any Age Helping a loved one pay off debt or paying for… Continue reading

 

If You Hate Investment Risk, High Interest Rates Are Great. With a Catch.

New York Times columnist Jeff Sommer makes a case that investors who play it too safe with their market portfolios may end up feeling sorry. By Jeff Sommer, December 8, 2023 “All investments involve taking on risk.” That’s a standard Securities and Exchange Commission warning. Be careful. But be aware that unless you take on… Continue reading

 

Four Lucrative Tax Deductions That Seniors Often Overlook

Attention seniors: there are several tax deductions available that can greatly affect one’s financial planning at year end.   This Wall Street Journal article explains each of these tax breaks, and how to go about taking advantage of them. Four Lucrative Tax Deductions That Seniors Often Overlook There are a host of tax breaks available to… Continue reading

 

Your Money Needs to Go on a Vacation

According to the Wall Street Journal, it is important for American investors to avoid “home-country bias.” If foreign markets are ignored, returns could be crimped and volatility increased. Read this compelling article below. Your Money Needs to Go on a Vacation By ignoring foreign markets, American savers could crimp future returns and face more volatility… Continue reading

 

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