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Is It Getting Harder to Outperform?

Although it continues to be clearly documented by ongoing academic research that active managers who attempt to outperform benchmarks via stock selection and/or market timing consistently fail, this fool’s errand continues to persist because of the high fees generated by doing so. In this brief, 3-minute video, my colleague and friend Robin Powell, highlights some of the ongoing hurdles these speculators face because of their long-shot bets.

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Most of Us Don't Pay Enough Attention to the Future

Most individuals focus too much on the “here and now” vs. the long road ahead. In the world of investing, this can lead to very poor, reactionary decisions. In this feature of our video blog, we take a look into a very common bias in the field of behavioral science. It’s our sincere hope that this will help you to stay committed to your financial plan over the years ahead.

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Why Exciting Technologies Can be Risky

Successful investing should never be exciting, but rather quite boring. We all have heard the fable of the tortoise and the hare, and we all know who eventually won. In the world of prudent investing, success most often favors those who embrace patience, and yes, boredom. Excitement comes from dangerous speculation and gambling. Caveat emptor!

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What Investors can Learn from Norway

In this brief yet very insightful video blog, we share how the country of Norway emulates the very same principles in the management of their government's pension fund as we do here at ISI. Interestingly, more and more institutional funds throughout the world have begun, and continue, to migrate over to this evidence-based approach to investing.

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Why You Need Your Advisor to Challenge YOu

As an experienced financial advisor of over 33 years, one of the things I regularly remind clients is that as a fee-only financial advisor I have a moral and legal fiduciary responsibility to provide advice and guidance that I believe is always in their best interest. At times, this may even mean some “tough love” if it requires challenging a client’s well-intentioned desires or actions.

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Is Factor Investing Really Worth It?

Here at ISI, we are extremely fortunate to be able to utilize the institutional management of Dimensional Fund Advisors’ mutual funds in our clients’ portfolios. Unlike traditional retail active managed and generic index funds, Dimensional employs strategic factors such as company size, value, and profitability in an effort to outperform broad market indexes. And since their inception many years ago, they have consistently delivered.

In this brief, 3-minute video, you’ll briefly be introduced to this special and respected strategy.

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Should Investors Buy Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin?

Last year Bitcoin was selling for about $19,000. I warned about the danger of getting drawn into all the hype, like speculative bubbles of the past. Now Bitcoin is selling for about $3,600. So what should you think about Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies? In this brief, 3-minute video, we help you understand the speculative nature of these currencies.

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Why experiences Trump Possessions

While advising and guiding thousands of families over my 30+ years as a financial advisor, one thing I have consistently observed is how the proper utilization of money truly can add significant happiness and fulfillment to one's life. However, such happiness isn’t found in accumulating possessions whose newness and excitement quickly fades away. Please listen carefully to what is conveyed in this brief video blog and take to heart the substantive message.

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newsradio-WHP-webTim Decker hosts the weekly radio show “Financial Freedom” on WHP 580 AM Harrisburg every Saturday at 10:00 am Eastern.

He brings his extensive knowledge and over 28 years of experience to the discussion of current financial and wealth management topics. Each show also includes a Q&A session when Tim provides straightforward, unbiased answers to questions from callers. This is the program that represents your best interests, not Wall Street's.

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The Sleep-Well-at-Night Investor

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ISI Financial Group helps clients take all necessary steps to properly develop and implement a holistic financial plan using evidence-based, time-tested strategies centered around financial science. In his book, “The Sleep-Well-At-Night Investor,” Tim Decker shows readers how misinformation from the mutual fund industry has created widespread harm amongst investors. The book also discusses the temptation to think of investing like gambling, and the tragedy of gambling away savings and security under the guise of investing.

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