Fees, What Fees?

by Billeaud Capit… on Mar 21, 2018

You may have heard stories in the news about “hidden” fees charged by advisors, brokers, and digital trading platforms.  Because fees can erode an investor’s return over time, we thought it would be interesting to comment on this.   To help, we will use a study by Personal Capital which came out last year highlighting some of the “hidden fees” charged to investors.

Before we get into some of their findings, it is important to understand that fees can come in many forms, but the three most relevant are:

Bitcoin Buyers: Beware!

by Billeaud Capit… on Feb 21, 2018

One of the most common questions we have received recently has been: What is Bitcoin? The attached article (compliments of Dimensional Fund Advisors) goes into detail to answer that question, as well as the question of its investment merit. Here’s a brief overview.


by Billeaud Capit… on Sep 22, 2017

pychology of investing

Hindsight is 20/20. Or in the case of the stock market, hindsight makes you the smartest investor in the room. 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.

Eeeeasy there, Tiger!

by Billeaud Capit… on Mar 6, 2017

I’ve told this to my children over the years when they get a little rambunctious.  It may also be a good response now for investors whom may be getting a little “rambunctious” with their stock investing.  To make this point, we will take a quick look at a classic illustration and provide some brief facts.  First, the illustration – which needs no explanation:

Investment Shock Absorbers - An interesting analogy from our friends at Dimensional Fund Advisors

by Billeaud Capit… on Mar 4, 2017

Ever ridden in a car with worn-out shock absorbers?  Every bump is jarring, every corner stomach-churning, and every red light an excuse to assume the brace position. Owning an improperly diversified portfolio can trigger similar reactions.

In a motor vehicle, the suspension system keeps the tires in contact with the road and provides a smooth ride for passengers by offsetting the forces of gravity, propulsion, and inertia.