The Simple Truth (Blog)

Welcome to a place that is free from the bias of Wall Street. A blog devoted to providing information that gives you the very best chance for success. Where we pull back the curtains to reveal what really matters. Where you can find answers, without getting a hidden agenda in return.

Odds Overwhelmingly Favor Diversification Over Stock Selection

Investors are always looking to find the next Amazon, but is trying find the next “superstock” worthwhile? New research from Professor Hendrik Bessembinder shows that most U.S. stocks don’t beat Treasury Bonds and that searching for the next superstock is likely to end in disappointment. To capture top performers and harness stocks’ power for growth, diversification is key.

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What is Disability Insurance?

A disability insurance policy provides income protection in the case of disability or illness. Most people insure their home, car, health and life, yet many neglect to insure their earning power, or human capital. The odds of suffering a long-term disability is several times greater than the odds of death. The average 40-year-old has a 45 percent chance of becoming disabled for three months or longer before reaching age 65.

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Why You Diversify

Shares of Amazon have soared 49,000% since the company went public. Finding the next Amazon may be the goal of many investors. Yet just a tiny handful of stocks are responsible for most of the stock market’s historical gain. Diversification is the only way to ensure such “superstocks” are in your portfolio.

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Investing vs. Speculating

Uncertainty is a constant in investing. Rather than hope for portfolio gymnastics to deal with unforeseen events, sensible investors rely on diversification and discipline. In so doing, they distinguish themselves from speculators and, we’d argue, not only enjoy a higher probability of success but a better quality of life, as well.

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A Better Portfolio? Simple, But Not Easy

It’s been 25 years since Professors Eugene Fama and Ken French explained why investors were likely, but not guaranteed, to earn better returns by favoring small cap and value stocks. Results since then have validated the researchers’ conclusions, but capturing those higher returns hasn’t always been easy.

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