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Great Investment versus Great Timing

Written by David Fabian, June 05th, 2017

The investment universe is littered with articles touting the advantages of various funds or strategies.  I should know.  I have written for the last five years about the characteristics of ETFs and closed-end funds that we consider for our clients.  Some pass my rigorous test, while others are weeded out through careful analysis.

Throughout this time, I have realized it’s easy to compare two or three funds in a vertical category and dissect their merits.  Some will stand out based on costs, while others may promote index methodology, tax efficiency, or security selection as their primary benefits.  Read more

Contemplating Risk At All-Time Highs In Stocks

Written by David Fabian, May 29th, 2017

It’s easy to get sucked into the tunnel vision of an easy market.  Trends are strong, liquidity is abundant, credit markets are cheerful, and volatility is low.  This is when it becomes easy to get complacent.  To trick yourself into believing the recent past will extend indefinitely into the future.  It’s a mental trap that even the most tenured investors find themselves falling into over various cycles. Read more

The One Investment Truth That Never Changes

Written by David Fabian, May 11th, 2017

I’ve been an investment advisor for a fair amount of time now.  I’ve seen many investors come and go over my tenure – clients, portfolio managers, brokers, traders, etc…  Some that are quite successful and others that are downright miserable.  The one guiding truth to every single experience is that people are their own worst enemies when it comes to investing. Read more

2 Key Factors For Judging Investment Returns

Written by David Fabian, May 07th, 2017

The ability to compare your historical returns to an index or benchmark is an important component of investment success.  This exercise allows you to judge whether your strategy is performing up to your expectations or review the effectiveness of someone else’s advice before you decide to hire them.  While this practice is commonplace throughout the industry, I often see investors making head-scratching conclusions based on biased or incomplete information. Read more

Investment Advisors Aren’t Worth The Money

Written by David Fabian, April 19th, 2017

I had a conversation with a prospective client the other day who called me inquiring as to what we do.  I gave him the typical run down that we are a fee-only investment advisor specializing in ETF portfolios.  In other words, we provide discretionary management of client accounts using low-cost investment tools.

His response {paraphrasing}: “Mr. Fabian, I know a CFO of a big publicly traded company.  He told me they did a big study about the use of investment advisors and that they aren’t worth the 1% fee.  That all you need to do is buy ETFs to reduce the drag of expenses on your portfolio.  What do you have to say to that?” Read more