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  1. MaxDallamore
    Posted January 13, 2017 at 2:10 pm | Permalink

    I just finished reading TNLGTSMI, 5th edition. I finished the last page and turned right back to the first.

    I am starting to invest into the markets and looked for the simplest, highest regarded resource available. Thank you for the layman’s terms investment breakdown.

    I know that with anything worth doing in life; you get out what you put in. Fastidious research and scrutiny is what you preach, and clearly is the right method of practice.

    Thank you for this insightful knowledge. It will be the foundation for hopefully many successful years in the market, and maybe even land me a mythical “tenbagger.”

    Thanks again, and wish me luck!

    • Posted January 13, 2017 at 9:22 pm | Permalink

      You’re welcome, Max.

      I do wish you luck, and I also suggest you continue your study of the stock market with The 3% Signal, the book that presents in detail why reacting to prices alone is the best way to profit from the market. Don’t get distracted by pundits and their constant hand-wringing.

      All my best,

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  6. Craig Klinefelter
    Posted May 22, 2017 at 11:03 pm | Permalink

    Under performance…
    Hi Jason~
    I have a question regarding performance over a period of time. I am currently investing into SCHA and SCHZ, however the SCHA vs IRJ are vastly different in performance over the YTD, 1yr, and 2 yr. It would seem as though on that invested into the IJR have more growth…. and having it been over time, would have higher cumulative annualized returns. SO, bale out on SCHA and transfer over to IJR or leave it be?
    With gratitude,

    • Posted July 3, 2017 at 7:31 pm | Permalink

      Hi Craig,

      We can’t say with certainty that IJR will maintain its performance edge over SCHA and other small-cap funds, but I’ve always preferred the S&P SmallCap 600 to the Russ 2K and other small-cap indexes. I like the concentration, and the slightly higher volatility helps plans like 3Sig, which take advantage of it.

      Since it’s no big deal to switch from one ETF to another, why not go with IJR? It’s what I run in the letter’s 3Sig plan.

      My best,

  7. Richard
    Posted March 6, 2018 at 9:11 pm | Permalink

    Hi Jason,

    Thank you so much for writing financial books in plain English!

    So, we’re finally ready to take the plunge on 3Sig – I just thought I’d check back here for any final thoughts before pulling the trigger. And I’m glad I did…

    We already have a Schwab account so we were going to choose SCHA and SCHZ, based on your comments in the book that the specific ETF choices are not as important as getting low expense ratio and transaction fees.
    Is that still your opinion?

    Reading the last Q&A above (from Craig, 05/22/17), I’m wondering if you have any updates to that general guidance.

    Also, do you think that SCHZ still has the right balance of bonds to be a good choice? I’ve recently read an article suggesting that the underlying index it tracks has changed in composition over the last 10 years, such that it’s potentially locking in too much longer term bonds at the crazily low interest rates we’ve had around since 2008, given that interest rates finally seem to be on the rise again.

    Many thanks for any thoughts you have on the above

    Best regards,


    • Posted March 8, 2018 at 11:48 am | Permalink

      Hi Richard,

      You’re most welcome for the books, and congratulations on beginning your 3Sig plan! You’ll look back and wonder how you ever got by without it. To your questions:

      <> Yes, you should still target the lowest-expense ETFs. SCHA and SCHZ are excellent choices for 3Sig.

      <> Yes, I prefer IJR to other small-cap ETFs for its higher volatility and slightly better long-term performance, but SCHA remains one of my top three picks: IJR, SCHA, VB. Just starting the plan is far more important than which of the three small-cap funds you use to power it. If SCHA is best for you in your Schwab account, proceed confidently with it.

      <> Don’t worry about SCHZ’s index. It’s fine. It’ll update its portfolio of bonds with higher interest rates as they percolate through the system. Any price fluctuation en route to higher yields will simply be used by the Sig system as it moves money into and out of the bond fund quarterly.

      I hope this helps, and happy Sigging!


      • Richard
        Posted March 13, 2018 at 5:32 am | Permalink

        Trigger pulled, with IJR & SCHZ!

        On further checking, I discovered that the buy/sell fee for IJR through Schwab is just $4.95 per transaction, regardless of size or frequency, while SCHA and SCHZ are both commission free.
        For such a small amount (max of $20 p.a.), it seemed worth going for IJR over SCHA to get the better performance.

        Thank you again for your help and giving me the confidence to stop dithering and just do it!

        • Posted March 19, 2018 at 7:04 pm | Permalink

          You’re very welcome, Richard, and congratulations! You’re going to wonder how you ever invested otherwise. Jason

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