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Ron DeLegge is a leading authority on portfolio construction, investment management, and risk control. His three-word investment philosophy is to help people BUILD, GROW, and PROTECT their money. Through a mix of investment research, online courses, and hands-on help, Ron shows investors like ... more

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Tough Financial Questions That Require Honest Answers
With 2016 now officially history, a new year is upon us. The beginnings of a brand new year offer more than just a clean slate, but an opportunity for all investors to reflect on the recent past.
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Factors That Should Influence Your Investments
Rather than viewing your investments as one big bucket, I suggest a better approach that I believe reduces risk without hampering growth.
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How Safe Are Bonds?
Investors who assumed their investments in conservative bonds and bond funds were safe from losses are learning otherwise.
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A Guidepost For Investing In “Smart Beta” ETFs
Over the past several years traditional market cap weighted indexes have been derided. Why? Because upstarts, known as “smart beta” have taken the ETF marketplace by storm and are trying to dislodge traditional indexing .
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HH 3 Risks That Could Derail Your Retirement Plan
Even those who have been diligent savers throughout the years, carefully investing their money, they could face catastrophic situations that derail their ability to live a comfortable retirement. Let’s examine a few of them.
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A $1.3 Million Portfolio Report Card For JPG In Maryland
What are the hallmarks of a well-built and financially sound investment portfolio? For some, it’s simply owning the top performing stocks or mutual funds. For others, it’s owning the funds or ETFs with the lowest cost.
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3 Lies About ETFs
6 months ago

Carol,

You're 100% correct, I'm biased! Glad you picked upon this. And more specifically, I'm biased toward a) indexing a person's core portfolio and b) using #ETFs as the building portfolio building blocks.

Finally, it's OK to have financial biases, so long as those biases are correct and firmly rooted in improving the odds of long-term investment success.

Beware of financial pundits or advisors that say they're "unbiased." Why? Because he who stands for nothing, will fall for anything.

In this article: SH, VIXY, FXE, DBC, SCHB, ICF
4 Moments When "Stay The Course" Is Really Bad Investment Advice
11 months ago

JE,

Diversification is an obvious hedge, but it still doesn't provide full downside protection.

That's why having a margin of safety built into a portfolio is an absolute must. At the portfolio construction level, it's one of the three essential ingredients to a robust and properly built investment portfolio.

I wrote a research piece about margin of safety a few months ago, here's how it works: etfguide.com/does-your-portfolio-have-a-margin-of-safety/

P.S. Diversification has layers. There's asset diversification, there's investment strategy diversification, income diversification, etc. as a few examples.

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Independent Teacher
Udemy
October 2015 - Present (1 year 4 months)

Ron is the the Lead Investor and Teacher of the following online courses:

1) Build, Grow, and Protect Your Money: A Step-by-Step Guide
2) Investing: How to Fix Hidden Flaws Inside Your Portfolio

Host & Producer
Index Investing Show
May 2015 - Present (1 year 9 months)

Ron also serves as the host and producer of the Index Investing Show, a weekly radio/podcast program. The show focuses on personal finance, investing, and retirement planning geared for the public. Ron's weekly guests have included noted authors like John C. Bogle, Mitchell Zuckoff, Sean Carr, Richard Ferri, CFA, Russell Wild, MBA along with Nobel Prize Winners in Economics like Harry Markowitz and William F. Sharpe.

Founder & Chief Portfolio Strategist
ETFguide
May 2003 - Present (13 years 11 months)

ETFguide.com is a leading provider of ETF news, data, and research on exchange-traded funds (ETFs). The firm was founded in 2003 by Ron.

Education

Securities Exchange Commission
Series 7, 63, and 65
1996 / 2007
Having successfully passed securities examinations for the series 7, 63, and 65, Ron was a licensed registered representative and registered investment advisor from 1996-2007. Ron is also proud of his clean disciplinary history with the SEC and state regulators.
American Academy of Art
Graphic Arts
1987 / 1991
While many Wall Street people go to Harvard or Yale University to learn about business, Ron went to art school. While he's no longer active in the graphic arts industry, Ron deeply admires Paul Rand's work. He also enjoys observing the loose "art form" of less refined artists - financial artists like former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan and ex-SEC Chairman, Christopher Cox.

Publications

Gents with No Cents
Ron DeLegge
Half Full Publishing Group
12/01/2011

GENTS WITH NO CENTS explores a rarely examined side of Wall Street: Its childish antics. From accountants that can’t count, to financial regulators that don’t regulate, GENTS WITH NO CENTS will make you howl with laughter at their incompetence.

Written by Ron DeLegge II, veteran radio host of the Index Investing Show, GENTS WITH NO CENTS is narrated in an easy going style with sharp satire throughout and 20 hand drawn illustrations by noted cartoonist, Dave Clegg.

DeLegge draws from his personal experiences as a Wall Street salesperson with crazy supervisors and even crazier customers. He offers a refreshing perspective that’s opposite of the angry and condescending tone of financial literature that has come to characterize our era.