Synergy Blog

Financial Repetitiveness

Financial pundits are more intent on big headlines rather than valuable advice. Ben Carlson of A Wealth of Common Sense walks you through some of the more popular predictions and prognostications which have flooded financial media headlines in recent years: For... read more

SIM Issue Briefs: Lessons for the Next Crisis

It will soon be the 10-year anniversary of when, in early October 2007, the S&P 500 Index hit what was its highest point before losing more than half its value over the next year and a half during the global financial crisis. Over the coming weeks and months, as... read more

SIM Issue Briefs: Quit Monkeying Around!

In the world of investment management there is an oft-discussed idea that blindfolded monkeys throwing darts at pages of stock listings can select portfolios that will do just as well, if not better, than both the market and the average portfolio constructed by... read more

Why We Don’t Play the Chasing Game

Whether its politics, world news, sports, or entertainment, the media and its prevailing headlines are typically driven by trends. How will Obamacare reform turn out? What’s the latest on the Trump-Russia probe? How will the Lebron James – Kyrie Irving... read more

SIM Issue Briefs: The Uncertainty Paradox

“The market hates uncertainty” has been a common enough saying in recent years, but how logical is it? There are many different aspects to uncertainty, some that can be measured and some that cannot. Uncertainty is an unchangeable condition of existence. As... read more

A Track Record of Performance

As you know, Dimensional funds is one of the primary tools we use in the development of our evidence-based, globally diverse portfolios. From time-to-time, clients reference Morningstar and their rating system as it relates to Dimensional funds. There is an inherent... read more

SIM Issue Briefs: School Is In Session

With the school year nearing its end, and summer break on the horizon, many are likely thinking about how best to prepare for their children’s and/or grandchildren’s college expenses now that they are one year closer to college life. Now is a good time to sharpen... read more

What Makes You Happy?

Attached is a 75 year study by Harvard University on leading a fulfilling life. Keep in mind, this study was done by generations of researchers. Although no one would be surprised that money, homes, cars, vacations and stuff in general aren’t the secret to... read more

Prediction Season

The close of each calendar year brings with it the holidays as well as a chance to look forward to the year ahead. As you might have already experienced, investors are likely to be bombarded with predictions about what the future, and specifically the next year, may... read more

Presidential Elections and the Stock Market

Should we behave differently with our investment portfolio in light of the upcoming presidential election? Equity markets can help investors grow their assets, but investing is a long-term endeavor. Trying to make investment decisions based upon the outcome of... read more

How Would You Have Done?

As you have heard on many occasions, we don’t pretend to know good stocks from bad stocks. We don’t pretend to know when the market is going up or when it is going down. We refrain from making predictions and prognostications and we do not believe emotions... read more