Sunday, January 29, 2006 Best $25 Spent

Still don't believe that index investing is the way to go? Do you want to stay on top of all the latest academic research on passive investing? Do you need impartial analyses of different index mutual funds and ETFs? Do you need statistically optimized asset allocation models to get the best return with the lowest multi-year standard deviation?

Trust me and spend some time (and $25) exploring This site is very content rich and had a ton of indexing and asset allocation information. There is a decent amount of free content, but the subscriber information is great.

There are a bunch of persistent articles and research papers that cover a range of index investing topics. Additionally, they publish a large (44 pages this month) monthly journal that contains a 10-12 articles (sometimes pretty technical) and an update of their model asset allocations.

The authors take special care to approach each topic with intellectual honesty... they site available research, present opposing views without twisting meanings and their rigorous approaches to asset allocation (they list their optimization methodology and give alternative allocations based on different methodologies) gives readers many options. Since their only desire is to sell more subscriptions (ridiculously under-priced), they don't have any vested interest in mutual fund selection, brokerage preferences, or whether you need to invest with a 'professional' to achieve investing success.

Check it out and let me know what you think.


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