Credit Concerns within the Municipal Bond Market

The media continues to be focused on budget and pension obligation problems within the municipal bond market. However, it is important to remember that default risk has been incredibly small in the municipal market. The following provides our take on the municipal bond market.

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Video: What is the Best Strategy for Fixed Income Investing?

With all the news and fears about inflation and deflation, along with the possibility of rising interest rates and current market conditions, Jon Sonnen discusses with Larry Swedroe some ideas on how investors should focus their fixed income allocation. The discussion continues with the benefits of passive over active management in equity and fixed income portfolios.

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Video: Should Investors Worry About Inflation?

In this video, Jon Sonnen and Larry Swedroe (Director of Research at Buckingham Asset Management and author of nine books on investing) talk about the role that inflation plays in an investor’s portfolio.

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Delaying Social Security Benefits

You’re ready to retire and have paid a lot into the Social Security system. Now that you’re finally eligible for benefits, your advisor and other experts might be saying, “Not yet!” Why should you have to wait any longer?

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A Perfect Storm

Investors are faced with a perfect storm of information overload, human emotions and market volatility. Following is a discussion of those threats to investors’ portfolios and a way to avoid the storm.

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New Articles: July 6, 2010

We just added two articles to our article library:

The Risks of Fixed Income Investing

Current State of the Municipal Bond Market

You may download them directly from our article library.

Video: What is Wrong with Stretching for Yield?

In this video, Brian Haywood, Fixed Income Advisor at Buckingham Asset Management explains why stretching for yield with bonds may not be a wise idea.

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Weight Loss and Investing

Weight loss and wise investing share a very important characteristic: they’re simple, but not easy.

Let me explain.

Every year, Americans spend billions of dollars in weight-loss related products and services. Magazines that promote the new “secret Hollywood diet” fly off the shelves; strangely, people forget the last year “secret” diet in favor of the new one. “Diets” come and go, and products that promise to lose weight “without diet or exercise” are increasingly popular. People are willing to starve themselves to fit in a dress; if they succeed, they give their secrets to their friends, who will also buy the new miracle product. If they don’t succeed, more than likely the blame will go to the product or to other outside factor.

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Video: Eugene Fama on Market Efficiency and Government Intervention

This CNBC interview with Professor Eugene Fama, widely regarded as the Father of Modern Finance, explains the concept of market efficiency and the futility of market timing and stock picking. There is also discussion on the impact that recent government actions have had on financial markets.

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Press Release: David Lindau Recognized for his 25 Years as a Certified Financial Planner Practitioner

El Paso, Texas, March 9, 2010 – The Financial Planning Association, a national leadership and advocacy organization that connects those who provide, support and benefit from financial planning, recently recognized David Lindau, CFP® and president of Lauterbach Financial Advisors, LLC (LFA) for his twenty five years of service as a Certified Financial Planner™ practitioner.

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