In his recent Insight column for the Financial Times, Dan McCrum described gold as “the perfect medium for pseudo-analysis”, and argued that the price of gold can never be more than fashion. Click here to read his thought-provoking piece from October 12, 2016.
Experiencing market volatility early in retirement can be a very unsettling experience for a new retiree, and may raise the legitimate concern of whether early early market declines combined with portfolio withdrawals can jeopardize a retirement plan. In fact, the risk – more formally known as “sequence of returns” – is real. The chart below […]
Most investors are aware that US stocks have out-performed many other asset classes over the past several years, with emerging markets and some developed markets generating particularly disappointing results. The main reasons for this disparity are relatively well-known – the US economy has performed relatively well, while emerging markets have been impacted by a collapse […]
This is Springwater’s Source, a topic or issue in personal finance and investing, shared visually. The Source will share one concept, once a month, in about a minute or less. Educated investors understand that there is a benefit to diversification. Setting aside grandma’s warning to not put “all your eggs in one basket”, there are […]
This is Springwater’s Source – a topic or issue in personal finance and investing, shared visually. The Source will share one concept, once a month, in about a minute or less. An important concept derived from financial economics is that of a “risk premium”. In a nutshell, this premium is what investors can expect to […]
One of the more interesting aspects of our practice at Springwater is that we occasionally find our “investment mood” at odds with that of our prospective clients. So it is context of managing (prospective) client expectations that we share with you below the contents of an email we sent to our clients in May 2007, […]
You may remember the horror stories of employees who watched their 401(k) account balances virtually disappear when the stock price of their employer collapsed. Enron and Lehman Brothers are two of the most famous examples. To the list can now be added… RadioShack. While employer stock in 401(k) plans is less common than it used […]
Yet another study reveals the truth about active investment management – that beating the market is hard, and doing it consistently is nearly impossible. This particular study started in March 2009 – the beginning of the current bull market – and looked at 2,862 actively managed US equity mutual funds that were in operation for […]
At Springwater, we build portfolios based on the science of capital markets to deliver a better investment experience for our clients. We know that you don’t need to accurately predict the future to deliver successful long-term performance. With the market again near an all-time high, we thought it would be prudent to review some comments […]
Click here to read our market commentary for the fourth quarter of 2014.