Indexing Works

Indexing Works

Many investors think active managers can shift out of stocks in time to stem losses in bear markets. Not true.

By Temma Ehrenfeld May 1, 2011

Even fans of index funds often believe they do worse than funds with active managers during bear markets. The idea is that a savvy manager can shift money out of a crashing asset class in time to improve overall performance. As it turns out, “most events that result in major changes in market direction are unanticipated,” says Christopher B. Philips, CFA, a senior analyst in Vanguard’s Investment Strategy Group.

The facts,…

When Doctors Are Called to the Rescue in Midflight

When Doctors Are Called to the Rescue in Midflight

By KATIE HAFNER,   The New York Times

Dr. Matthew Rhoa is still haunted by one of his lowest moments as a physician. Several years ago, on the first leg of an international flight, he was just settling in for a nap when a flight attendant came on the public address system to ask, “Is there a doctor on the plane?”

Dr. Rhoa, who lives in San Francisco, didn’t push his call button. “As a gynecologist, I always waited for another doctor,” he said. “There’s never a need for a Pap smear…

Between You, Me and the Government…

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November 26, 2010

A Dying Banker’s Last Instructions

There are no one-handed push-ups or headstands on the yoga mat for Gordon Murray anymore.

No more playing bridge, either — he jokingly accuses his brain surgeon of robbing him of the gray matter that contained all the bidding strategy.

But when Mr. Murray, a former bond salesman for Goldman Sachs who rose to the managing director level at both

Family health history a powerful, underused tool

WASHINGTON – Make Grandma spill the beans: Uncovering all the diseases that lurk in your family tree can trump costly genetic testing in predicting what illnesses you and your children are likely to face.

It may sound old-fashioned, but a Cleveland Clinic study comparing which method best uncovered an increased risk of cancer helps confirm the value of what’s called a family health history.

All it costs is a little time questioning your relatives, yet good family health trees are rare. A government survey estimated less than a third of families have one – and time-crunched doctors seldom push their…

Discovering Your True Purpose For Money

Each of us has our own set of values and beliefs. One way that we express values is through financial decisions. Think of it this way: when financial decisions align with values, we experience a very real sense of satisfaction and contentment. However, when we struggle, worry, experience buyer’s remorse or suffer over money, it’s very likely that our financial choices are inconsistent with our inner value system.

This is why  no matter what financial decision you are facing, the first step is to define your values. Discovering your True Purpose for Money can pave the way for long-lasting satisfaction…

The Overlap between Healthcare and Financial Myths

Have you ever wondered…

  1. Can you trust what the media says about medical care?
  2. Can you trust what the media says about travel safety?
  3. Can you trust what the media says about investing?
  4. Can you trust the media?

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