Want to Be a More "ADEPPT" Investor? Focus on the Things You Can Control.

Want to Be a More "ADEPPT" Investor? Focus on the Things You Can Control.

Savvy planners focus most of their time and attention on managing things they can know and control, and work hard to filter much of the noise associated with investing. At TWM we've developed the acronym “ADEPPTS” to help you focus on managing:

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A Risk Drill for Your Portfolio

A Risk Drill for Your Portfolio

How to assess the big portfolio risk factors, including falling short and not diversifying properly.

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Freakonomics: How to Be Less Terrible at Predicting the Future

Freakonomics: How to Be Less Terrible at Predicting the Future

Experts and pundits are notoriously bad at forecasting, in part because they aren't punished for bad predictions. Also, they tend to be deeply unscientific. Moreover, most of us engage in constant forecasting without even realizing it, and that can have an important impact on the way we think about investments. This podcast from Freakonomics Radio will help you rethink the subconscious ways in which we all take forecasting risk. The psychologist Philip Tetlock is finally turning prediction into a science -- and now even you could become a super forecaster.

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Do you Understand Diversification?

Do you Understand Diversification?

Do you understand what diversification does for your portfolio? While people generally know diversification is a good thing, they’re often not sure exactly how or why. Academic research has shown that investors don’t understand diversification's impact on volatility and expected returns.

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Open Letters to the Next President

Open Letters to the Next President

by economist John Mauldin

An Open Letter to the Next President, Part 4, Where to Find $1 Trillion of Free Money, Making America Competitive Again, New York, Dallas, and Abu Dhabi

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Diversification: What it Means

Diversification: What it Means

When you invest, it’s good to mix things up.  Diversity applies to many things in life—our friends, our colleagues, food, and sports—but it is most well known in the context of investing, and it’s commonly referred to as being diversified.

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Seeking the Other kind of Alpha: Diversification

Seeking the Other kind of Alpha: Diversification

The beauty of a well-diversified portfolio is that you can come out ahead by sticking to the middle.

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Embracing the Winners .... and the Losers

Embracing the Winners  .... and the Losers

Commodities and Emerging Markets have performed poorly in the last few years. Should you sell low?

While it would be fun to hold a Portfolio in which all of the asset classes were going up at the same time, it would be a nightmare if they were all moving down at once.

To protect against epic losses, investors seek uncorrelated returns — asset classes that behave dissimilarly so that a portfolio’s ingredients don’t all move in the same direction at the same time.

But diversified portfolios should be built with the knowledge that including uncorrelated assets means always having to endure pain in part of the portfolio. That part will be going down or remaining flat, since it tends to move differently from the uncorrelated part that is going up.

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Why Boomers Should Review Their 401(k) Allocations Now

Why Boomers  Should Review Their 401(k) Allocations Now

The good news is that 401(k) contributions have increased, according to Fidelity Investments’ most recent quarterly retirement savings analysis based on data from the 401(k) and individual retirement accounts (IRAs) it manages. The bad news is one glaring problem for Baby Boomers; the asset allocation of their 401(k)s is drastically out of balance.

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Resisting Short-term Temptations: The Marshmallow Test

Resisting Short-term Temptations: The Marshmallow Test

The famous marshmallow test conducted in the 1960's showed that we have a hard time resisting instant gratification, even if we know that delaying gratification would lead to an even bigger reward. This, in short, is what makes investing and managing businesses so hard. Success requires many qualities, but conviction, discipline and thinking long-term must rank near the top....

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Five Ways to Retrain Your Brain to Save More for Retirement

Five Ways to Retrain Your Brain to Save More for Retirement

Be honest: How often do you really think about your retirement savings? Or maybe the better question is: How often do you actually do something to grow that nest egg?

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Basic Financial Concepts

Basic Financial Concepts

These two basic concepts are key to having a successful financial future. 

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Asset Allocation: Cooking with Index Funds

Asset Allocation: Cooking with Index Funds

Asset allocation -- the mix of cash, bonds and stocks in a portfolio -- determines the spectrum of returns you will experience. Here's a great insight from Jack Bogle, founder of Vanguard...

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Principles for Investment Success Whitepaper

Principles for Investment Success Whitepaper

Our time tested keys to investment success.

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Performance Gap: The High Cost of Thinking Short-Term

Performance Gap: The High Cost of Thinking Short-Term

Here's a great article from Sunday’s New York Times about one of the key points we talked about in your plan's educational seminar. Why does the average fund investor underperform market indexes so badly? What can you do to close the performance gap?

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Target Allocation Portfolios Brochure

Target Allocation Portfolios Brochure

Life and work are so busy these days, its no wonder that investment planning often falls to the bottom of the list. Your plans Target Allocation Portfolios offer a single-choice approach to retirement investing and an easy way to achieve immediate diversification based on your risk profile...

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Don't Shoot Yourself in the Foot: Our Own Behavior Can Make Stocks More Risky

Don't Shoot Yourself in the Foot: Our Own Behavior Can Make Stocks More Risky

Warren Buffett cites Brutus in his 50th annual Berkshire Hathaway shareholder letter about how so many investors shoot themselves in the foot...

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What Defines Long Term Investing?

What Defines Long Term Investing?

How long is long term? 

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TWM Diversification Process

TWM Diversification Process

But how does one go about diversifying a portfolio?

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Index Investing: A Simple, Low Cost Solution For Retirement Plans

Index Investing: A Simple, Low Cost Solution For Retirement Plans

401(k) Sponsors and participants share some common concerns: market risk, not saving enough for retirement and the impact fees may have on hard-earned savings. This brochure explains how index investing can help.

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