Featured entries from our Journal

Details Are Part of Our Difference

Embracing the Evidence at Anheuser-Busch – Mid 1980s

529 Best Practices

David Booth on How to Choose an Advisor

The One Minute Audio Clip You Need to Hear

Category: Education

Here Are A Few of Our Favorite Things (Podcasts)

Members of our team are self-proclaimed bookworms and eternal evidence seekers! We always love to hear recommendations for new books, magazines, articles, interviews, and especially podcasts. Matt Hall has put together a list of some of his favorites. To listen in, just click on any that pique your interest.

Charley Ellis – We love him, his story and the way he speaks. (If you listen to only one podcast on the list. this is the one to choose.)

David Booth – Cofounder of Dimensional, now the sixth largest fund company in the world, we think the story is worth your time.

Cliff Asness – Brilliant communicator.

Larry Swedroe – Author of 15 books and Matt’s mentor from Buckingham.

Michael Mauboussin – We like the way he thinks.

Howard Marks – He has a different approach to investing, but is a great communicator.

Jack Bogle – Sometimes myopic and abrasive, but a living legend.

Burt Malkiel – Similar to Bogle, but also still a legend.

Cliff Asness (again) 

Cliff Asness (one more time) … on hedge funds and equity returns

Special Guest Post – How Practice Makes a More Perfect Retirement


We are always looking for new perspectives we can share with you from informed experts – like Your Retirement Quest author Alan Spector. I learned of Alan when I wrote my article on retirement a few years ago.

As you’ll read, the central question Alan poses is if we can practice to become a better athlete (or artist or musician), why not practice to become a better retiree? 

Practicing for Retirement, by Alan Spector

Although you may have yet to retire, did you know you could and should be practicing retirement? What is “practicing retirement,” why should you do it, and when should you start?

Only a small percentage of people are prepared for their transition into and through retirement. Financial security, while important, is but one of the 10 key elements of a fulfilling retirement (as I present in more detail in Your Retirement Quest).

Let’s assume you have thought about the activities you’re looking forward to having the time to pursue. How might you bring those passions and activities into your life today, even before you’ve retired? That’s what it means to “practice retirement.”

For example, although I’m 70 years old, I’m still playing baseball in a 60-plus senior league in St. Louis and in an occasional tournament in Florida. Since returning to the game I loved in 1999, I’ve played internationally (China, Russia, and Italy) and in hundreds of league and tournament games. It all started with some local leagues, when I was thinking about how I’d want to play baseball in retirement. By the time I actually retired in 2002 I was in good shape and ready for action.

Other examples:

  • To become a bridge master in retirement, find one more night per month to play.
  • To travel more in retirement, start a vacation-of-the-month club, “practicing” day trips or an overnight stay at a nearby B&B.
  • To start a business in retirement, begin your research today.
  • To volunteer more in retirement, find one small project to do for a local community organization.

You get the idea. There are a number of reasons for practicing retirement.

  1. By practicing a passion while still working, you may realize it isn’t as fulfilling as you thought it would be. You have time to modify your plans before you retire.
  2. Solidifying your plan by practicing it creates a foundation for a more meaningful conversation with your advisor, so he or she can help you with the financials involved.
  3. Similarly, practice can be a catalyst to having crucial conversations about your retirement plans with those closest to you.
  4. Perhaps most compelling, once you’ve identified your passions and pursuits, why not start enjoying them now – as much as you can, as soon as you can?

This is also the answer to the question: “When should I start practicing retirement?” The answer is, “Now! Don’t wait.” Create your written holistic retirement life plan based on the 10 key elements in Your Retirement Quest. Then begin practicing retirement by bringing the passions of your plan to life. You’ll wonder what took you so long.

Podcast Pick – The Big Man Can’t Shoot

Can 90% of people be above average drivers? Certainly not, yet multiple studies have shown that if you gathered 100 random people in a room, more than 80 would rate themselves as above average drivers. This phenomenon is known by several names, but is illustrated quite well in Garrison Keillor’s popular quote in reference to the fictional town of Lake Wobegon, where “all women are strong, all men are good looking and all children above average.”

Would you consider yourself an above average investor? If so, you’d be perfectly aware of your own blind spots and care little about how your neighbor is investing. Many of us care too much about what others think to make a brave choice. In this compelling episode of Malcolm Gladwell’s hugely successful podcast entitled Revisonist History, he discusses this concept in the context of Wilt Chamberlain’s horrendous free-throw shooting.

(Stay tuned for the cameo from behavioral economist Richard Thaler regarding how NFL teams could easily win more football games.)

Featured entries from our Journal

Details Are Part of Our Difference

Embracing the Evidence at Anheuser-Busch – Mid 1980s

529 Best Practices

David Booth on How to Choose an Advisor

The One Minute Audio Clip You Need to Hear

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