Monthly Archives: February 2014

How to Beat the Market

Chances are, you’ve read articles saying that it is impossible to beat the market–that is, to consistently earn higher returns than the stock market averages. At a recent conference for industry professionals in Dallas, the distinguished economist, Dr. Horace Brock, … Continue reading

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High Returns–for Who?

Insurance companies are supposed to be in the boring business of pricing the risks that, for example, a certain percentage of people will get into an auto accident, and calculating the average cost of fixing the car and paying the … Continue reading

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Has a Correction Started? Does it Matter?

On the last Monday in January, the U.S. markets dropped roughly 1% of their value, and Europe and Asia were down by similar amounts the following day. The market (the S&P 500) then fell 2.1% on Friday in a sickening … Continue reading

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Are the Government “floaters” Really a Deal?

When you think of U.S. government bonds, the word “creativity” isn’t always the first word that springs to mind. Yes, the government created inflation-indexed securities back in 1997 for investors who wanted to get a guaranteed return above the constantly-tinkered-with … Continue reading

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Bogus Effect

This time of year, we often find ourselves reading about the “January Effect,” which is sometimes described as a predictable way to forecast returns, and sometimes as a way to know whether this is, or is not, a good year … Continue reading

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A Year to Remember

The U.S. stock market punctuated an extraordinary year with gains on the last trading day, moving many of the American indexes to record highs on the final trading day for only the sixth time in history. Despite all the uncertainties … Continue reading

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What is the Effective Annual Interest Rate of Your Bonds?

Insurance companies were met with a new mandate on their OCI filings this year: the requirement to list the “effective annual interest rate” on fixed income investments that were purchased at a price other than their face value. In a … Continue reading

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