Archive - March 30, 2009

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SEC Head Schapiro Indicates Support for Fiduciary Standard
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Historical Cash Positions & P/E Ratios

SEC Head Schapiro Indicates Support for Fiduciary Standard

One of the regulatory issues that many financial planners are concerned about is the current disparity between the rules governing Registered Investment Advisers and those that govern brokers.  Registered Investment Advisers, who are regulated by the states and/or by the SEC, are normally required to act in their clients’ best interests; they are fiduciaries.

Under current …

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Historical Cash Positions & P/E Ratios

The above chart indicates the amount of cash investors have held as a percentage of the Wilshire 5000 at any point dating back to 1974. First, this chart confirms the belief that people invest money when they feel good, and pull money out of the market when they are fearful. Look at the 1990s. The percentage of cash not invested in the market steadily decreased throughout a decade where returns were constantly high. Consequently, in percentage terms, more money was invested in the stock market right before the crash of 2000 than during any other period studied. Additionally, you can …

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