Use Scientifically Based Financial Planning Strategies
VeriPlan is designed to help you pursue scientifically based financial planning strategies
VeriPlan offers you unprecedented direct control to perform your own automated personal financial planning. VeriPlan’s functionality also implements the principles of scientific finance. VeriPlan’s internal documentation and its links to information on the web help you to understand scientifically based personal financial planning and investment strategies.
VeriPlan’s functionality reflects a belief that individuals will follow optimal, scientifically proven financial planning and investment strategies, if they understand them and have appropriate and powerful planning tools. VeriPlan’s simple premise is that people want to get the most out of their money in a manner that addresses their needs across their lifecycle. While this objective is a ‘no-brainer,’ achievement of this objective requires steady and conscientious implementation over a lifetime. VeriPlan helps you to understand and to adopt financial practices that are more likely to achieve your lifetime objectives.
Providing extensive documentation embedded directly into the product where you need to find it, VeriPlan explains why various features have been implemented and how to use them. In addition, by providing links to scientific finance articles on The Skilled Investor website and elsewhere on the web, VeriPlan helps you to understand scientifically based personal financial strategies.
Whether you are well off or you intend to become so, VeriPlan is capable of generating lifecycle projections about your financial affairs. Explicitly or implicitly, every financial tool is designed with certain points-of-view. If you use a financial planning tool like VeriPlan, you should understand its viewpoints. On a separate, internal “Viewpoints” worksheet, VeriPlan explains many of the viewpoints that have influenced its design. As a sampling, some of these viewpoints include:
* Your personal earnings, expenditures, and savings are the most important and most reliable determinants of your family’s long-term financial wealth. Pay the most attention to them.
* There is no such thing as risk-free money from investing for individuals. You need to allocate your financial assets in a manner that reflects your relative tolerance for investment risk. You need to stay in the securities markets to earn market risk premiums. You need to build asset buffers to protect yourself from unpredictable market volatility and unplanned personal financial setbacks.
* Passive, index-oriented investment strategies tend to be superior, because they narrow the range of outcomes, and thus, they reduce the total investment risk associated with your portfolio. You should always completely diversify your portfolio. Own investment funds rather than individual securities. VeriPlan can easily model and project the value of your individual securities holdings, but low cost, fully diversified funds are more likely to achieve your lifetime objectives.
* Excessive visible and hidden investment costs tend to reduce the potential growth and value of your portfolio unnecessarily and dramatically. Cut your investment costs aggressively and keep cutting them. Pay yourself and not someone else.
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Personal Financial Planning
- Early Retirement for Renters through Investment Cost Reductions (Early retirement for renters due to investment cost improvements and higher savings rates
Improving on Fran and Fred's lifetime financial plan with earlier retirement
Fran and Fred Frugal, both age 30, are a married working couple with $100,000 in combined annual earned income. They want to understand how valuable different personal finance strategies could be to their [...])
- 10 Lower Cost S and P 500 Index Mutual Funds (10 Lower Cost S&P 500 Index Mutual Funds
Regular readers know that The Skilled Investor advocates a very boring, low cost, broad market, passive index investment strategy. Costs less. Gets the broad market return -- whatever that will be. Narrows the range of outcomes and therefore the risk to your long-term personal financial plan. Takes far [...])
- Schwab S&P 500 Index Fund – Select Shares (SWPPX) capture the Best +10 Fund Authority Score (
Fund Authority Scores rate mutual funds and exchange traded funds (ETFs) on the most important economic factors that influence individual investors' net long term diversified investment fund performance. The Skilled Investor developed the Fund Authority Score system to provide individual investors with concise, objective, and realistic summaries of mutual funds and ETFs for comparisons within [...])
- How Investment Sales Loads and One Time Investment Fees Work (Understanding one-time investment fees, such as sales loads
Sales load charges and commissions on investment purchases differ from the financial service industry's numerous other recurring methods of charging fees to their retail consumers.
Sales loads are less straightforward to analyze for investment lifetime cost-effectiveness, compared to annually recurring charges. (See: Pay less to get more)
If you have [...])
- The Biggest Personal Finance Story of the Past 30 Years (
The Biggest Personal Finance Story of the Past 30 Years - Part 1
What could the biggest personal finance story of three decades be?
The growth of mutual funds and ETFs? Nope.
The dot com boom and bust? Nope.
Vanishing pensions? Nope.
The not-so-high quality of mortgage bonds? Nope.
A 0% personal savings rate nationally? [...])
- State Street Global Advisors S&P 500 Index Fund (SVSPX) wins the Best +10 Fund Authority Score (The table below in this article presents The Skilled Investor's Fund Authority Score and other information for the SSgA S & P 500 Index Fund (SVSPX). The Skilled Investor has also published an article about lower cost S&P 500 index mutual funds that you can read, which is entitled: Low Cost S&P 500 Index Mutual [...])
- The Never Do List – Avoid Financial Advisor Frauds and Scams (
Part 2 of the The Never-Do List - 22 Good Ways to Avoid Financial Advisor and Investment Counselor Frauds and Scams
This article discusses things that you should “never do” with a financial planner or investment advisor, and it covers fees, payments, and proprietary investments.
You should never do certain things with a financial planning or investment [...])
- Vanguard 500 Index Fund – VFINX – merits the Best +10 Fund Authority Score (The Standard & Poors 500 stock index is the most common equity index fund benchmark in the U.S. The S and P 500 tracks about 75% of publicly traded U.S. equity market asset value. The dominant issue in choosing among passively managed index mutual funds and ETF funds benchmarked against the S & P 500 [...])
- American Funds – AMCAP Fund – Class A Shares (AMCPX) fetch a +1 Fund Authority Score (The table below in this article presents The Skilled Investor's Fund Authority Score and other information for the American Funds - AMCAP Fund - Class A Shares.
The diversified investment fund strategy of the American Funds - AMCAP Fund - Class A mutual fund shares (AMCPX)
According to its prospectus filing on the U.S. Securities and Exchange [...])
- American Funds – The Investment Company of America – Class A Shares (AIVSX) net a +3 Fund Authority Score (Fund Authority Scores rate mutual funds and exchange traded funds (ETFs) on the most important economic factors that influence individual investors' net long term diversified investment fund performance. The Skilled Investor developed the Fund Authority Score system to provide individual investors with concise and objective summaries of mutual funds and ETFs for comparisons within investment [...])
- No Financial Planning Software or Calculator Can Predict the Future (No financial planning software and no investment growth calculator can predict the future
The future is simply not predictable, even with automated financial planning software.
A previous financial article, “The Solution - ONLY follow financial strategies that are scientific, passive, diversified, savings focused, risk controlled, low cost, and tax efficient,” suggested that investors are much better off [...])
- The Quality and Cost of Advice Paid by Investment Sales Loads (Can you really get free and objective investment advice, when you pay investment sales loads?
Excessive investment expenses are one of the most significant barriers to your family's lifelong financial security.
Excessive investment costs are a plague on your personal financial planning. While financial services industry sales people tell you that you need to pay more to [...])
- Where’s Waldo? – The illusion of superior professional mutual fund manager performance. (If investment mutual fund managers were truly skilled at beating the market, then you would expect mutual fund manager performance prowess to persist over time.
Unfortunately, the evidence indicates that superior past professional performance among mutual fund managers tends not to persist. Past superior mutual fund performance is simply not a predictor of future superior mutual [...])
- Assess your personal investment return and risk preferences – Step 3 of 10 Financial Planning Steps in the Right Direction (CLICK HERE TO READ THE SKILLED INVESTOR's OTHER ARTICLES ABOUT THESE "10 FINANCIAL PLANNING STEPS IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION."
Investors with different levels of risk tolerance are more satisfied with investment strategies that are better aligned with their risk preferences.
Differences in investors' personal risk tolerances mean that more risk-averse investors are personally more satisfied with a [...])
- Does it matter how financial planners and investment advisors are paid? (
Yes, it can matter significantly how a financial advisor is paid.
The heart of the compensation issue is an advisor’s potential "conflict of interest" with respect to payments from third parties. Does third party compensation change the quality of the recommendations that the advisers make? If an advisor works on sales commissions or accepts other third [...])
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