Do Downturns Lead to Down Years?

Stock market slides over a few days or months may lead investors to anticipate a down year. But a broad US market index had positive returns in 15 of the past 20 calendar years, despite some notable dips in many…

The Market Has No Memory

Dimensional Founder David Booth discusses the lessons from 2019 that investors can apply to 2020. I have worked in finance for over 50 years, and it seems that every January the same thing happens. Lots of folks look back at…

Q1 2020 Market Review

See below for a brief summary of recent global stock and bond returns.  Please contact your Financial Symmetry team if you have any specific questions regarding your portfolio. Quarterly Market Summary Index Returns Past performance is not a guarantee of…

The 2010s: A Decade in Review

Imagine it is early January 2010 and you are reading a review of the financial markets. Investors have been on a roller coaster over the past three years, living through the stress of the global financial crisis and market downturn…

How Markets Work and the FAANG Mentality

Is the market getting by with a little help from the FAANGs? And does their performance stand out historically? Investors may be surprised that it’s common for a subset of stocks to drive a sizable portion of market returns. The…

The Uncommon Average

“I have found that the importance of having an investment philosophy—one that is robust and that you can stick with— cannot be overstated.” —David Booth The US stock market has delivered an average annual return of around 10% since 1926.[1]…

7 Ways to Use Your 529 Plan

Did you know May 29 (5/29) is recognized as National 529 College Savings Plan Day?  In honor of that day we wanted to provide seven ways to put a 529 plan to use. What constitutes a qualified educational expense?  When…

Déjà Vu All Over Again

Investment fads come and go. Letting short-term trends influence your approach may be counterproductive to pursuing your financial goals. Investment fads are nothing new. When selecting strategies for their portfolios, investors are often tempted to seek out the latest and…

Here’s the Prescription

As much as I value the unfettered access to information the internet provides, I recognize the potential harm that too much information can cause. Take, for example, a friend of mine, who was experiencing some troubling medical symptoms. Typing her…

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