As company-sponsored pension plans are replaced with self-managed 401(k) plans and IRA accounts, American families are increasingly becoming more responsible for the management of their retirement funds. While this shift has allowed for greater freedom and choice, it has also exposed investors to product salesmen who may not have the client’s best interest at heart. The Department of Labor fiduciary rule, announced earlier this year, aims to end this abuse, which the White House Council of ... [Continue Reading]
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Warren Buffett’s famous bet in 2007 that a low cost S&P 500 index fund would outperform a group of five prominent hedge fund managers is nearing its end. Without a sudden change in fortune, the low cost index fund is set to more than double the returns generated by the group of hedge fund managers. As noted by Money Talk News founder, Stacy Johnson, in Karla Bowsher's article “3 Lessons From Buffett’s Million-Dollar Wager,” this bet is simply another reminder of how difficult it is to beat ... [Continue Reading]
The reinsurance business is rapidly growing in size and popularity as investors are attracted to the return potential and risk diversification that this asset class can deliver. Total issuance of catastrophe bonds has tripled over the past five years, which has some investors worried that the traditional 16% annual returns of the asset class may no longer be achievable. Berkshire Hathaway owns some of the largest companies in this industry and their chairman and CEO, Warren Buffet, has recently ... [Continue Reading]