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  • June 1st, 2017 | by Gregg S. Fisher, CFA, "Invest with Reason"

    Fear of (Market) Heights

    US equity market valuations, many at all-time highs, are stoking investor fears of an impending correction. The notion of over/undervalued markets is a complicated one; research has found as many instances of markets continuing to appreciate well beyond “peak valuations” as instances of major corrections following such heights. Investors would be well served to avoid […]

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  • April 25th, 2017 | by Gregg S. Fisher, CFA, "Invest with Reason"

    Do Small-Country Stocks Generate Bigger Returns?

    Research has shown that, when investing in foreign stocks, smaller countries (as measured by market capitalization) tend to outperform their larger peers; this is referred to as the small country effect. Investment strategies that attempt to closely track cap-weighted indexes can end up with a large-country bias given that the index is “top-heavy” (concentrated in […]

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  • March 27th, 2017 | by Andrew Tanzer, CFA, "The Global Equation"

    Changing Tax Regimes and Your Stock Portfolio

    With talk of tax cuts coming from Washington, many investors are pondering the implications of lower taxes for their equity investments. Looking at long-term trends in tax rates (personal income and capital gains, specifically) and equity market performance, at first blush it appears that falling taxes coincide with rising stock prices. However, a closer examination […]

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  • March 15th, 2017 | by Gregg S. Fisher, CFA, "Invest with Reason"

    TIPS, Inflation and Your Portfolio

    The specter of rising inflation rates has some investors questioning how to best allocate their assets to protect their long-term purchasing power. Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities (TIPS) are an instrument whose principal is adjusted based on changes in the Consumer Price Index (CPI), a key measure of inflation. Gerstein Fisher conducted research over several economic cycles […]

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  • February 17th, 2017 | by Andrew Tanzer, CFA, "The Global Equation"

    What’s a $20 Trillion Debt Among Friends?

    US total public debt is poised to surpass $20 trillion. Over the past 20 years, this figure has quadrupled, far outstripping the rate of growth of the US economy. Due to prevailing low interest rates, the cost of maintaining even a significantly higher debt has actually fallen relative to total federal spending over this period. […]

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