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How Risky Are You Really?

Rather than using non-measurable descriptions of risk like conservative, moderate, aggressive, your customized retirement plan needs to be the foundation to measure risk. A good retirement plan starts with carefully modeling your lifestyle goals, optimizing your income sources from Social Security and pensions, and stress-testing investments against your plan. Once this is done the three types of risk below can be more accurately discussed. Continue reading

DFA Funds: Lower Costs & New ETFs

A majority of True Wealth clients own investments from Dimensional Fund Advisors (DFA) – a science-based money manager with more than $600 billion in assets under management as of March 2021. We wanted to give a brief update on some … Continue reading

Investment Return Expectations

Having reasonable assumptions for investment returns is critically important for many reasons. These assumptions will impact the success of your retirement plan, investment allocation decisions, and your peace of mind to name a few. Why peace of mind? Well, if … Continue reading

When Should You Start Seriously Planning For Retirement?

Over the years in my practice as a Certified Financial Planner™ Professional, I had clients in their 30s when it made sense to hire me. I’ve had others in their 50s where I told them to come back in a few years or when a specific event occurred. Alas, mom was correct. We are special, unique snowflakes.

Nevertheless, these principles apply… Continue reading

Why Small, Cheap Stocks Still Make Sense

When Nobel winner Eugene Fama studied the long-term performance of U.S. equities in the early 1990s, he found that stock returns had decreased with size and cost. The smallest, cheapest companies had provided higher investment returns than the biggest, costliest firms.

Though initially counter-intuitive to many – why wouldn’t you want to invest in the biggest and best companies? – it made sense. Large-growth stocks were safer economic choices, operating reliable businesses well-positioned to survive recessions. Thus, they were handsomely valued, at prices that limited their potential for future increases. Continue reading