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The Decisions We Make

Every day begins with the task of decision-making. Some are such small and insignificant decisions, such as getting up early to go to the gym or what to wear to work. These decisions have minor consequences, while other decisions are more difficult to make and have long-lasting results. As I reflect on my life, there […]

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Uncertainty and the Market

Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is an absurd one.—Voltaire “The market hates uncertainty” has been a common enough saying in recent years, but how logical is it? There are many different aspects to uncertainty, some that can be measured and some that cannot. Uncertainty is an unchangeable condition of existence. As individuals, […]

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Safe investments – at what costs?

I just want my money and my investments to be safe. If I had a nickel for every time I heard that statement or sentiment, I would be wealthy. It is a normal and completely understandable sentiment that we would like to hold on to the money that we have been able to acquire through […]

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What All Investors Need to Know

All investors need to know the answer to two questions in order to be a successful investor.  Those questions are the following: What have the long-term stock market returns been?        Are those stock market returns achieved by either picking individual companies or timing when to enter and exit the stock markets before […]

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Invest…Like a Girl!

 What does it mean to do something “like a girl”? There is a new ad campaign that addresses this question. And in the past, the statement made it seem like doing something “like a girl” is a bad thing. Click here for the ad: Like A Girl As most of you already know, our household is […]

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Should you continue to own International companies?

It’s been a common question that we’ve been getting lately Should I continue to own International Companies? The question is understandable because international stock markets in aggregate have under-performed their United States counterparts for several years.  These trends are commonplace when you look back through the history of the global stock markets with the U.S. […]

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2 Similar Commercials – Betfair Casinos and Interactive Broker

What do these two commercials from Betfair Casinos and Interactive Broker that recently aired in New Jersey have in common?  One promotes the ability for people to gamble from their homes as if they were at one of the failing Atlantic City casinos, and the other commercial promotes the ability for individual to actively trade stocks […]

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How the Washing Machine Changed the World

This video post deals with the ever-improving world as told in a TED talk by Hans Rosling.  We posted this piece by Hans in 2014, and wanted to run it again to honor Hans as he passed away this month.  Hans Rosling was a Swedish doctor who transformed himself into a pop-star statistician by converting dry numbers into […]

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Our Longevity and Purchasing Power

Our Longevity and Purchasing Power

In ancient Roman times, there was an elder by the name of Cato who said:  Cessation of work is not accompanied by cessation of expenses  This applies today even more so than it did back then. Even if you were a member of the wealthy class during Roman times, the average life expectancy was age […]

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It’s Always Something … with market worries

Forever, investors have had to endure the latest headlines on how the stock market was going to go down because of whatever the crisis of the day was. Do you remember a year ago that the U.S. stock market as indicated by S&P 500 Index fell 8% over the first 10 trading sessions of 2016 […]

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