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  IFA's Quote of the Week Sept 11, 2009 Issue 61
IFA 12-Step Painting

"What Wall Street does is package luck and sell it as skill."


- Dan Solin, CNBC's Power Lunch, Sept 8, 2009
Dan Solin is a Senior Vice President with Index Funds Advisors and the author of "The Smartest Retirement Book You'll Ever Read", "The Smartest 401(k) Book You'll Ever Read" and "The Smartest Investment Book You'll Ever Read"


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September 8, 2009 - new

Dan Solin Reveals Wall Street’s Favorite Scam: "What Wall Street does is package luck and sell it as skill.”

September 7, 2009 -new Updated Section 11.4.4 Are Commodities Worth Risk? Ken French say "No". (see video)

Sept. 5, 2009 - new
IFA’s Position Statement on Investing

August 27, 2009 - new Dan Solin's New Book: The Smartest Retirement Book You'll Ever Read

August 27, 2009 - new Freakonomics Blog at the New York Times embeds Sir Francis video.

August 27, 2009 - new Eugene Fama: King of the Downloads at

August 24, 2009 - new Retirement Planning: The Save 10% and Spend 5% Rule is still great advice.

August 14, 2009 -
The rush you get from day trading: "No greater force in the world." See more...

Followup on above video: Tim Sykes, 25, ran a top-ranked, short-bias fund called Cilantro Fund Partners, which he founded in 2003 in his senior year at Tulane University in New Orleans. After suffering a roughly 35% loss over two years, on October 1, 2007, Timothy closed his hedge fund. Get into Stockaholic Rehab.

August 12, 2009 - Are Markets Still Efficient? Yes. Watch Eugene Fama Explain.

August 11, 2009 -
New Calculators: 1. What is the advantage of converting to a Roth IRA? - 2. Estimate Your Estate Tax Liability

August 11, 2009 - July 2009 Update: Probability of Recovery from recent market decline.

August 5, 2009 - - Estimate your Net Worth and Home Budget and Test Your Retirement Assumptions with the Retirement Planner ( with three new calculators.

"Smartest" Book Author Reveals Active Management Folly

IFA’s Dan Solin blew a gaping hole through the myth that active managers add value to an investor’s portfolio.

In a September 8, 2009 CNBC debate between Solin, IFA Senior Vice President and best-selling investment book author (Solin’s "The Smartest Retirement Book You'll Ever Read" was just released) and Doug Kreps, principal and managing director at Fort Pitt Capital Group an active manager, Solin revealed important data about the ongoing benefits of diversification — even in the face of the global market downturn suffered in 2008.

"Even though portfolios were decimated, diversification worked fine," said Solin. "Bonds didn't lose any money, and if you had a globally diversified portfolio of stocks, you probably lost less money than you would have lost if you didn't. It doesn't protect you from overall market declines, but it works better than the alternative."

Kreps concurred with Solin’s regard for the value of diversification, but asserted that an active manager could effectively guide an investor through diversification and add value.

Armed with data from a comprehensive study that covered a 32-year time period and the results of more than 2,100 active managers, Solin refuted Kreps’s argument and cited the results of “False Discoveries in Mutual Fund Performance,” the bombshell discovery which shows that 99.4% of the active fund managers were shown to lack any genuine stock-picking ability. 

Referencing the recent Dalbar study of investor behavior, Solin revealed that an investor in a globally diversified, passively managed index portfolio would have earned at least 400% higher returns than the average investor who relies on speculation and performance chasing behaviors.  

"What Wall Street does is package luck and sell it as skill. The real data shows that passive management, actually in the last 20 years has achieved a greater return than active management."

Solin’s summation of the importance of global diversification and the pertinent data that reveals the parasitic nature of active managers dovetails IFA President and founder Mark Hebner’s message from last week which set forth IFA’s Position Statement on Investing.

Diversification works. You can achieve diversification by buying, holding and rebalancing a low-cost portfolio of index funds that represent multiple asset classes from around the globe. You can maximize your peace of mind and your returns by investing in an asset allocation that is risk-appropriate for you and carries as strong of a small and value tilt as your risk capacity allows.

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Special Report: Does Diversification Work in Financial Crises?

IFA’s Academic Consultant and Nobel Prize Winner, Harry Markowitz, Mark Hebner and Mary Brunson detail the role of diversification during recent and historic downturns.

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