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Key Questions for Long-Term Investors

Whether you’ve been investing for decades or are just getting started, at some point on your investment journey you’ll likely ask yourself some of the questions below. Trying to answer these questions may be intimidating, but know that you’re not alone. Your financial advisor is here to help. While this is not intended to be an exhaustive list, it will hopefully shed light on a few key principles, using data and reasoning, that may help improve investors’ odds of investment
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‘Everything Screams Inflation.’ How to Interpret the Headlines

KEY TAKEAWAYS After last year’s economic shocks, we shouldn’t be surprised to see prices rebounding. But the potential for inflation is one among many factors investors take into account when agreeing on a price at which to trade. A look at headlines from the past 50 years shows the difficulty of timing markets around inflation expectations. Investors may be better served sticking to a long-term plan. How quickly things change. Two years ago, the New York Times reported, “Federal Reserve
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Swing in Small Value Stocks Shows Benefits of Staying the Course

Value stocks, or those with low relative prices, have outperformed higher-priced growth stocks in the US over the long term. Similarly, the stocks of smaller companies have fared better than the stocks of bigger ones in the US. But the performance of these stocks has varied at different points in history. As the global pandemic rocked markets in March 2020, large growth stocks outdid small value stocks by 19.6%, the greatest monthly margin on record. From March through September, the
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Stay Invested to Reap the Harvest

Historically bad to historically good Value investors who chose to stay the course through the last few years were finally rewarded for their discipline! Although it’s hard to believe, if we back up just a few months, the one-year period ending September 2020 was the worst return ever for small value stocks relative to larger, more growth companies, with small value underperforming by a whopping 52%. The three-year returns were also abysmal, with small value underperforming large growth by nearly
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Going Up: The Return of Inflation and How to Manage It

There is no way to hide that prices are rising for the goods and services we use. A day doesn’t seem to pass without hearing of a new shortage, a supply disruption, or an increase in demand that is impacting the price we pay for something. From a shortage of semiconductors affecting the price of new and used cars to higher oil prices raising the cost of gas and backups at ports restricting supply, it is no wonder that inflation
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Don’t Let the Perfect Be the Enemy of the Comfortable

One of my favorite Warren Buffett quips reads, “The most important quality for an investor is temperament, not intellect.” Not a greater example of this exists than in the introduction of Morgan Housel’s fabulous book, “The Psychology of Money.” In a nutshell, he describes two individuals. One is a first-generation high school graduate and lifelong janitor and gas station attendant. The other is a Harvard-educated and University of Chicago MBA graduate who was chosen for Crain’s “40 under 40” list
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Should You Invest When the Market Is High?

Concerns about market downturns certainly come as no surprise. After all, steep corrections and crashes can be disconcerting for even the most steely and disciplined investors. What has been surprising to me, however, is the number of inquiries I have received over the years raising concerns about the stock market being “too high” or “overvalued.” These concerns generally manifest themselves in some variation of questions like the following: “Now that the market is so high, should I reduce (or eliminate)
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Flexibility in Practice: How We Handled GameStop

GameStop has been front and center in the financial news on account of the stock’s significant price volatility over a few weeks. And that has put it top of mind for many clients, as we’ve been fielding questions on how GameStop’s volatility was handled in our portfolios. This incident serves as an opportunity to highlight how Dimensional’s investment process is built to handle developments within markets, given that many of our portfolios held GameStop in January. GameStop’s rise and fall
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The Bumpy Road to the Market’s Long-Term Average

Since 1926, the US stock market has rewarded investors with an average annual return of about 10%. But it’s important to remember that returns in any given year may be sky-high, extremely poor, or somewhere in between. Annual returns came within two percentage points of the market’s long-term average of 10% in just six of the past 95 years. Yearly returns have ranged as high as up 54% and as low as down 43%. Since 1926, annual returns have been positive 70
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Gauging Market Expectations?

A recent flurry of return spikes for a handful of US stocks has captivated investors and non investors alike. Wall Street news trending on social media even amid an NFL playoff season is indeed an unusual event. So, what should investors make of these dramatic price movements? A good place to start is with prices themselves. Prices reflect discount rates applied to the expected future cash flows of companies. One can interpret these discount rates as the expected return demanded
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