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Introduction to Morningstar Style Box

Introduction to Morningstar Style Box 1

In doing your investment research, you may have come across a Tic-Tac-Toe-like box similar to the one below. This box is called the Morningstar Style Box. This particular one came from Vanguard 500 Index (VFINX) profile on Yahoo! Finance. What Is a Morningstar Style Box? Morningstar Style Box is a visual tool created by Morningstar, … Read moreIntroduction to Morningstar Style Box

Deferred vs Immediate Annuity: Understanding the Differences

Deferred vs Immediate Annuity: Understanding the Differences 3

Annuities are insurance products designed to help you invest for retirement and provide supplemental income during your retirement. The most common form of annuity is income annuity where the investor pays the insurance a sum of money in exchange for a series of regular payment for a period of time, up to a lifetime contract. … Read moreDeferred vs Immediate Annuity: Understanding the Differences

Efficient Market Hypothesis (EMH)

In The Only Guide To A Winning Investment Strategy You’ll Ever Need, Larry Swedroe dedicated a major portion of the book to the discussion of the Efficient Market Hypothesis (EMH), specifically to explain why investing in passively managed funds is a winning investment strategy. What is Efficient Market Hypothesis? The Efficient Market Hypothesis asserts that … Read moreEfficient Market Hypothesis (EMH)

What is Your Thought on Socially Responsible Investing (SRI)?

Recently, I wrote about lending money on Prosper, which is one of the many peer-to-peer lending networks that are popping up everywhere. The post itself didn’t say anything about socially responsible investing (also known as, SRI, morally responsible investing or ethical investing). However, a lively discussion on this topic came up when Kevin stated his … Read moreWhat is Your Thought on Socially Responsible Investing (SRI)?

What Does It Means to Beat the Market and How I Did It

What Does It Means to Beat the Market and How I Did It 9

You may have heard the phrase beat the market. In this case, the market usually refers to the S&P 500 index. There are other U.S. indices such as, DJIA, NASDAQ 100, NASDAQ Composite, Russell 2000, Wilshire 5000, and many other domestic and international ones. However, the S&P 500 is by far the most used benchmark … Read moreWhat Does It Means to Beat the Market and How I Did It