Investing is the activity of forecasting the yield over the life of an asset. Using Benjamin Graham’s definition, "an investment operation is one which, upon thorough analysis, promises safety of principal and an adequate return. Operations not meeting these requirements are speculative."

Why Even Bother with Self-Service Investing During Retirement

I have a huge amount of sympathy for many of the people who are recently retired or close to retirement.


Modern Portfolio Theory Versus Lifecycle Investing

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal discusses the damage that the financial crisis has rendered to the theoretical foundations of modern finance. In particular, modern portfolio theory has come under heavy scrutiny over the past couple of years as a result of its non-relevance as a risk management tool during the financial crisis. This is a highly recommended article that effectively contrasts modern portfolio theory and alternative foundations such as asset liability management and...
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Glenn Daily on Buying Annuities and Why it Might Make Sense to Wait

Glenn Daily is one of the top financial advisors in the country. 

Specializing in life insurance and annuities, Glenn is widely...


Achaean Financial is Proving Innovation is Alive and Well in the Annuity Business

Lorry Stensrud, a seasoned executive turned entrepreneur, is on the leading-edge of retirement income product development with his new Venture Achaean Financial.

Achaean’s Income Plus+ product provides a relatively high level of guaranteed starting income while maintaining both...

First Lose No Money

Is there a financial equivalent to the maxim “first do no harm?”

What if one of the guiding principles of medicine was applied to the world of financial advice?

What would the financial services landscape look like if product manufacturers and advisors were required to play by rules similar to those that exist for physicians?

First, my guess is that the financial corollary to the application of primum non nocere (first do no harm) would be:

  • First do not lose money.

I have had countless conversations over the past year or so with people who cannot believe they are actually paying to hear someone tell them that they are in relatively good shape because their portfolio has outperformed some index by fifty basis points.  ...