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2021 investment results you should know
In this review of 2021 investment results, Paul shares 10 lessons he thinks will be of interest to you following our advice.
1. How many up and down days did the market produce and how that compares to longer-term profitable vs. losing periods?
2. The market reached 70 new highs during the year. Is that good news or bad?
3. The biggest drawdown for the year was 5.1%. How does that compare to past years?
4. Commodities, oil and Bitcoin were among the big winners in 2021. But why do the reported returns of the S&P and other equity asset classes understate their actual returns?
5. Paul focuses on a short report from Dimensional Funds: When It’s Value vs. Growth, History is on Value’s Side https://www.dimensional.com/us-en/insights/when-its-value-versus-growth-history-is-on-values-side. This study highlights the high volatility in the difference between these two asset classes. Bottom line average advantage to value is more than 5%.
6. Sometimes investing results can be hard to explain. Paul reviews the 2021 small and large value and growth returns in U.S., international and emerging markets. Investors may be surprised to see the huge differences from what might be considered similar asset classes.
7. In our Best In Class ETF recommendations our Director of Research, Chris Pedersen, works hard to identify the ETFs that should be among the best. Paul reviews the results of his recommendations compared to the returns of the average ETF in each equity asset class.
8. Many investors struggle to make the decision Best In Class ETFs or all Vanguard all the time. Paul compares the returns of the BIC ETFs portfolios (U.S. 4 Fund, Worldwide 4 Fund and Worldwide All Value and more) to similar portfolios with Vanguard ETFs. Paul also compares BIC with similar DFA portfolios. Investors have to decide whether those differences will be similar in the future or 2021 was an aberration.
9. Many investors have chosen the Total Stock Market over the S&P 500. Paul discusses the reasons their historic returns are almost the same and why the S&P 500 way outperformed the TMI in 2021.
10. While equity is considered the gas for growth in a portfolio, bonds are considered the brakes. Paul explains why he doesn’t recommend international bonds to stabilize a portfolio and why international bonds lost more money than U.S. bonds in 2021.
How to teach a teenager to invest
If you know anyone in their teens, you can make a significant difference in his or her life. We know that the earlier a person gets started saving and soundly investing, the more they will have for retirement and to leave to others. As a group, teenagers are at a phase where they are seeking independence, moving from childhood to adulthood, and are eager to exercise their freedom, which comes with increasing self-responsibility. Therefore, the best way to teach them about investing is to involve them in selecting and opening a long-term investment account. In this video/podcast discussion Paul suggests the young investor find a partner (parent, grandparent, uncle, aunt, godparent, etc.) to match $50 a year for 10 years. (This could be done with $10) and what that will mean to them over the years. This presentation includes a set of 24 tables that can be used to investigate many of the choices the investor has (see pdf below).
Watch this as a video.
For information on Custodial Roth IRAs include a link to Schwab Custodial IRA https://www.schwab.com/ira/custodial-ira?src=SEM&ef_id=CjwKCAiA8bqOBhANEiwA-sIlN2MT3u5rQ88ibNnybVheXC-EFqyvlmYK1VsOqo8E_ofYodnmseoaYBoCBDEQAvD_BwE:G:s&s_kwcid=AL!5158!3!495093339246!p!!g!!custodial%20ira%20charles%20schwab!651813075!33944985558&keywordid=kwd-194438821700&gclid=CjwKCAiA8bqOBhANEiwA-sIlN2MT3u5rQ88ibNnybVheXC-EFqyvlmYK1VsOqo8E_ofYodnmseoaYBoCBDEQAvD_BwE
and Fidelity Custodial IRA https://www.fidelity.com/learning-center/personal-finance/retirement/turbocharge-childs-retirement
Part 2- Strategic Planning for Investing in Every Stage of Life
Jacek Lempart, the Belguim-based host of System Trader “The craft of investing,” interviews Paul Merriman in this extraordinary in-depth conversation, unlike others you may have heard. It has been divided into two parts. You’ll learn:
Who’s Paul, and what’s the story of his careers?
How have markets changed over the years?
Why is Paul a big fan of academic/scientific knowledge?
What should we do to feel satisfied and have a happy life?
How to adjust strategy so that it has an appropriate level of risk?
Where’s the border between passive and active investing?
A systematic approach to investing vs. discretionary
The philosophy behind the Ultimate Buy & Hold portfolio?
What does Paul think about holding a bit of cryptocurrency as another asset class?
Gold and commodities
Part 1 - Strategic Planning for Investing in Every Stage of Life
Jacek Lempart, the Belguim-based host of System Trader “The craft of investing,” interviews Paul Merriman in this extraordinary in-depth conversation, unlike others you may have heard. It has been divided into two parts.. You’ll learn:
· Who’s Paul, and what’s the story of his careers?
· How have markets changed over the years?
· Why is Paul a big fan of academic/scientific knowledge?
· What should we do to feel satisfied and have a happy life?
· How to adjust strategy so that it has an appropriate level of risk?
· Where’s the border between passive and active investing?
· A systematic approach to investing vs. discretionary
· The philosophy behind the Ultimate Buy & Hold portfolio?
· What does Paul think about holding a bit of cryptocurrency as another asset class?
· Gold and commodities
The Only Way to Guarantee Your Fair Share of Stock Market Returns
In this podcast, Paul makes the case for a multimillion dollar payoff if you decide to be a good Do-It-Yourself investor and do the necessary work. He considers this podcast one of his most important. Using our Fine Tuning Tables and The Merriman Lifetime Investment Calculator, he shows 3 simple ways a conservative well-diversified portfolio, with a retirement portfolio worth only $500,000, would have produced an additional $2,000,000 over 30 years of retirement.
To make his points, Paul references:
- S&P 500 FTYAA Table
- The U.S. 4-Fund FTYAA Table
- These sample calculations from our Calculator
- The 90-year study (Table 1) that evidences that investor patience leads to better returns.
This podcast was recorded Dec. 12, 2021 by Paul in Mexico, as he and his wife, Zan, having sold their home in San Miguel de Allende, were in the last days of moving.
Watch Craig's short video "Understand the effect of 1% using our Lifetime Investment Calculator" that goes along with this podcast.
The Evidence (Part 2) 12 Simple Ways Can Supercharge Your Retirement
This is a continuation of the conversation between Paul, Craig Appl, and Chris Pedersen who evaluated the evidence for We’re Talking Millions! using The Merriman Financial Education Foundation Lifetime Investment Calculator, Portfolio Visualizer, and Two Funds for Life back test.
This part builds on Part 1, so we recommend that you view Part 1 before this.
Download your free PDF copy of the book now to follow along.
You can access the Lifetime Investment Calculator at this link,
Part 1 reviewed steps 1 – 5 and Part 2 continues with steps 6-12.
Save some money instead of spending it all.
Start saving sooner instead of later.
Invest your savings in stocks instead of bonds and cash.
Invest in many stocks instead of only a few.
Keep your expenses low.
Choose index funds instead of actively managed funds.
Include small-company stocks in your portfolio.
Include values tocks in your portfolio.
Don’t try to “time” the market or outwit it.
Invest using dollar-cost averaging instead of waiting for the right time to invest.
Keep your taxes low.
Do all this in one simple step: Invest in a target date retirement fund.
The content on investing and index investing in particular is excellent. I am not even an american and I find the information to be top notch.
Paul merriman is an older guy with a biot of a folksy style which some people will not like intially (i didn't) but the content is so good it is worth it anyway!