To counteract some of the stress that the markets have been putting us through lately, we’d like to share a short, upbeat tale with you about risks and expected rewards. "Once upon a time in 1981, there were two young men in Brooklyn who created a fund management company based on a set of ideas that were “bigger than the firm itself.” Its funds would be new and groundbreaking, but they...

Fund Reference recently featured some of Sheri's tips in their 101 Investing Insights From the Experts article.  Here is a sample: "If you’re feeling fear or panic to threatening news, it’s okay to feel that way; just don’t let it overrule your common sense. The best cure for panic is a healthy dose of planning. If you already have an investment plan in place, stick with it — depend on it...

January 20, 2016 Down To The Wire: A Vanishing Value Premium? By Weston Wellington Vice President Dimensional Fund Advisors " Value stocks underperformed growth stocks by a material margin in the US last year.  However,the magnitude and duration of the recent negative value premium are not unprecedented.  This column reviews a previous period when challenging performance caused many to question the benefits of value investing. The subsequent results serve as a reminder about the importance of discipline." To read more:...

On January, 13  Nasdaq published Sheri's piece Avoiding Tax Scams. The article tells/warns you how to avoid tax scammers that call your house and try to get your personal info. "While the Internal Revenue Service may not be your favorite federal agency, criminals posing as IRS representatives are unquestionably the much bigger problem. Here's what to know to protect yourself." Visit here to read the rest of the article  ...

In our recent post, “Making Time for Creativity,” we shared some insights from “Big Magic” author Elizabeth Gilbert on how and why you should make room in your life for intangible inspiration. This includes organizing your more tangible financial interests. Here are three handy habits for improved financial organization in the year ahead. Locate What You’ve Got Naturally, if you don’t know what you own and where it’s held, it’s going...

Based on Nielsen’s Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions from January 2015, many of us would like to be more organized. But like losing weight or becoming more fit, we have a tough time doing it. That’s probably why it ranked #6 in the resolution ratings. It’s overshadowed by becoming healthier and happier, but it beats out reading more books. (Clearly, Nielsen didn’t ask us about the reading thing, lest we...

If you’ve been following our blog for any length of time, you may already realize that we’re big on expressing gratitude around here. But that doesn’t mean that we have to shout it from the rooftops to make it matter. Grateful living can come quietly as well, and we introverts are indeed grateful for that. As we prepare to swing into another raucous year of noisy news (can you say “Donald...

When Ponce de Leon was searching for the Fountain of Youth, he may have been better off looking closer to home by exploring his own, inner attitudes. So says the evidence-based research on how to improve on our stamina as we age. In fact, we couldn’t help but notice a number of uncanny parallels between our advice about sound investing and the following, evidence-based excerpts from a recent Wall Street Journal...

If there’s a lesson we seem to learn the hard way every holiday season, it’s the insidious effect of compound calories. A taste here, a nibble there … hey, somebody’s got to lick that bowl. The next thing you know, those numbers have taken on an exponential life of their own, and you’re going to have to put your Fitbit into overdrive to get back on track. Fortunately, compounding has its...