Passive Beats Active Big Time

by admin on May 8, 2013

The update on active vs. passive mutual fund management shows another surge toward index funds. The big news is that the second-largest pension fund in the country is considering putting all of its investments (now 50% indexing) into index funds.

Does It Pay To Be Top Dog?

by admin on May 1, 2013

A recent study concludes that future returns of the "Top Dog" in each industry are not as special as they likely looks to most investors. This study reflects some of the same outcomes of comparing future returns of popular growth stocks vs. out-of-favor value companies. While it is common to find investors who consider investments in Top Dogs a path to superior returns, history proves otherwise.


It’s OK To Use A Broker… But Know This!

by Paul Merriman on March 27, 2013

Paul sheds light on how different types of brokers are paid. Understand this, and you are likely to make the best choices for your financial future and work with a broker who truly operates in your best interest… not in the interest of himself and his firm. This can make a huge difference to your retirement!  

How Much Higher Can The Market Go?

by Paul Merriman on March 20, 2013

Paul discusses the history of the S&P 500, bull and bear markets, and evidence to help you consider your investment portfolio, personal situation and emotional responses to today's market. Don't forget to download your FREE COPY of the eBook, "101 Investment Decisions Guaranteed To Change Your Financial Future" at


Market Hits New High – Time To Buy or Sell?

by Paul Merriman on March 13, 2013


With the market hitting new market highs, what should investors be doing? Emotional times in the market can help investors do very smart – or very costly – things for the long term. This podcast intends to help investors do the smart thing!


Is It Time To Sell Gold?

by Paul Merriman on March 6, 2013


Paul addresses the numerous questions he has received recently regarding gold, and whether now is the time to sell.

10 Things Every Investor Needs To Know – Part II

by Paul Merriman on February 25, 2013

Continued from last week's podcast (Part I), Paul expands on his MarketWatch articles, giving you insights into the essentials of investing. He discusses such topics as: When do you have enough to retire? Not taking risk beyond what is necessary. The worst performance of any strategy is in the future. How to plan for the worst-case scenarios. Why investment decisions should always be based on probabilities, not possibilities. Asset Allocation and knowing what is a perfect fit for you. Working with brokers or other advisors to get the information you need and realize the best returns on your investment.

10 Things Every Investor Should Know – Part I

by Paul Merriman on February 20, 2013

Paul's MarketWatch articles, by the same name, are expanded upon in this podcast. Listen to the first five of 10 essential points every investor should consider. Paul's insights include: Why it is important to remember there is no risk in the past? Why is diversification the only free lunch? Why should  Investors never take a risk for which there is not an expected premium? Why is it a "fool's game" to sort through good and bad news in determining where the market is likely to go? And, why should investors know their primary investment goal?

Is Now The Time To Get Back in The Market?

by Paul Merriman on February 13, 2013

Due to earlier concerns about the risk of loss, many of you are facing the challenge of not having your money fully invested. How do you get back in? All at once? That is dangerous, as you might buy-in right at the top, before a huge decline. Or a little bit at a time?  That's dangerous, as the market can always go down after the "little bit at a time" is all invested. Is there a compromise? Paul suggests a solution that might work for nervous investors.

You Can Be #1

by Paul Merriman on February 6, 2013

Paul discusses the returns of his all-equity and balanced Vanguard Portfolios for the 10 years ending December 31, 2012.These returns were at least 1% better (annually) than all Vanguard competitors. Paul wants to make sure that investors understand where those extra returns came from, and the probabilities they will be repeated in the future. While you can't buy the past, but you can stay the course of proven performance from broad diversification asset classes with limited risk. Paul believes that if you follow his recommendations, you will be able to say in the future, "I'm #1" – and if not number one, the best you are likely to be. This podcast was inspired by this week's article posted on MarketWatch.