The wrong way to evaluate investment performance

The Harvard Crimson ran an editorial last year excoriating the university’s management of its endowment fund. Harvard’s student newspaper was blunt.

“Harvard Management Company announced a $2 billion loss for fiscal year 2016. Let’s not mince words: This is unacceptable,” it said.

Do we have the lowest interest rates in the past 5,000 years?

Most everyone is probably aware that interest rates today in the U.S. are at historic lows.

To a large extent, this is due to the quantitative easing strategy that the U.S. Federal Reserve has followed since the depression of 2008. The Fed’s goal was to suppress interest rates to make borrowing easier to stimulate the economy after its biggest collapse since the Great Depression of the 1930s. Central banks in many other countries followed suit, and today the phenomenon is fairly widespread across much of the developed world.

What you need to know about Social Security

As a financial adviser, one of the most common questions I am asked is: Will Social Security still be there, in its current form, in the next 15-20 years?

After all, consider the following statistics.

Realtors fund scholarships for high school seniors

The 18th annual Silicon Valley Realtors Scholars Program for graduating seniors from 18 public high schools in Silicon Valley is under way.

The Charitable Foundation of the Silicon Valley Association of Realtors (SILVAR), a professional trade organization representing more than 5,000 realtors and affiliate members engaged in the real estate business on the Peninsula and in the South Bay, sponsors the program.

Calibrating investment expectations in the absence of facts

Now that 2016 is behind us, investors’ thoughts naturally turn to 2017. What return should they expect from their investments this year?

The great difficulty in answering that question is that we have limited facts to guide us. Sure, there is a plethora of historical data, as well as economists and media pundits who are paid to offer their predictions. (Note that they get paid whether or not their predictions turn out to be anywhere close to reality.) But there are no sources that can tell us what will actually happen with any degree of certainty.

There's more to investment success than simply purchasing stocks

I am an investment professional, so I spend a huge part of my time helping clients develop investment strategies and choose specific investments that balance the need for growth with the need for asset preservation.

The value of these efforts pays off over time by maximizing the likelihood of their being able to live the life that they want. But investment performance is only one contributor to financial success. An even more important one is simply saving. Your ability to diligently and consistently add to your investment portfolio throughout your working years will do more for your future than anything else

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