As someone who advises people how to manage their money, I am asked frequently how I choose the investments that I recommend or buy on behalf of clients. There are a few ways to go about answering such a question, but the simple answer is that I’m cheap.
You may have already figured that out if you have read any of my DIY articles recently. One cause of my parsimony is certainly due to a father that passed to along a frugal streak that earned him a nickname of Squeaky Weeks. It was said that he was so tight, that he squeaked when he walked.
But while the thrifty trait very well may have been passed through DNA, the behavior has been nurtured by observations as well. Perhaps the most compelling research has been Dimensional Funds annual Mutual Fund Landscape, which once again reveals the power of penny pinching.