Thought of The Day

“All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.”  - Blaise Pascal

Tax Changes in 2018 & 2019

Quick Reference Guide for 2019 and 2018 Federal Taxes

The following guide includes many of the most important federal tax amounts for 2019 and compares them to the amounts currently applicable for 2018 tax returns.

Federal Income Tax Rates

The Dead Don't Get No Respect

Da Vinci painted his brilliant fresco, The Last Supper, and how did they respond? They nagged at him for taking too long. Then, after he finished, they cut a giant hole in the bottom for a door.  That’s just what we do to genius. We disrespect it. We manipulate it. We mistreat it. And that’s the preferential treatment that genius gets.

How did 2017 Winners and Losers do in 2018?

The top 10 2017 winners from the S&P500 were up at least 80%. In 2018, thru 11/1/2018, the same group is only up 1.1%.

The worst 10 S&P500 stocks from last year, down an average of 40% in 2017, are up a combined 14.7% in 2018 YTD.

Active vs. Passive. The Illusory Debate

Every time I read about the “active vs. passive debate” I can feel my blood pressure go up.

There is no “debate”.  The only people perpetuating this myth are those who make a living touting active management and those who don’t know the facts.

Simple 60-40 Portfolio Beats All Ivy League Endowments over 10 years

A new report shows that the complex and expensive endowment model hasn’t proved its worth since the financial crisis.

The Amazing Aggregation of Marginal Gains

This Coach Improved Every Tiny Thing by 1 Percent and Here’s What Happen

The fate of British Cycling changed one day in 2003.

2018's Most Spineless Board of Directors

Someone had to finally say the video

IRS Announces 2019 Retirement Plan Limits

The Internal Revenue Service has announced cost-of-living adjustments for 2019, which affect dollar limitations for retirement plans and other retirement-related values. Almost all limits increased from 2018 to 2019. 

The 2019 limits are as follows:

401(k) Deferral Limit – Increase from $18,500 to $19,000

Bad Times for Active Stock Pickers

Almost no active managed funds have beaten the market/their benchmarks over the past 15 years.

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