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5 Behavioral Biases and the Investment Implications

We have consistently written about the significant role people have on their own investment performance. I decided in this post to add a video to mix up the delivery, but not the message. The attached video is from our partner, Dimensional Fund Advisors (DFA), and as we are a strong advocate for investing by capturing exposure to […]

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Investing Like a Bee

There is one thing on this planet that I am not a fan of…..actually that is being kind.  I hate bees as I am highly allergic and after a life threatening trip to the hospital, I have endured monthly shots for the past seven years to insure that I can endure a future bee sting.  […]

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Should individuals invest cash now?

A common question that we been receiving over the last several months from prospects is “Is it too late to invest in the stock market”?  There are a number of people who have maintained very large cash positions since the great recession that ended in early 2009.  These people have watched as the S&P 500 index has […]

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The Certainty Principle

We live in a culture that is filled with information at our fingertips…literally. And we expect to be able to ascertain exactly what we should do with this given information. But are we sure? The path should be obvious with the media informing us their opinions on the market and when the appropriate time is […]

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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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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.  Hans discusses his personal experience of his family purchasing a washing machine and the immediate improvement to the lives of his mother and him. He discusses how these improvements unleashed the women of the world allowing them the free […]

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Fears Learned in Our Youth

We had a problem, like so many others out in suburbia, with various animals like squirrels getting into our garbage cans. They would eat through the covers and even after we built a wooden structure to house the garbage cans, they ate through that structure as well. After trying various things to prevent this from […]

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The Wealth Solution

The Wealth Solution

Do you like magic? I have always been fascinated with magic tricks. The ability to move objects from one spot to another and retrieve it from the oddest places has always intrigued me. How do they do it?  There is a part of me that is uninterested in learning the trick. I just like to watch and […]

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Relating Money to Life

A common question that we get from people after telling them that we own our own financial planning firm is: What do you ask clients at the first meeting? When we first sit down with a new prospect, we try to determine how they visualize their own future. Importantly, we try to parse out in […]

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Investors need to not fool themselves about the decisions that they make.

Seven Ways to Fool Yourself

There are many ways that we like to fool ourselves, generally as an act of self-perseverance. Sometimes it is just easier to believe those things that we choose to while ignoring those things that we rather not deal with. It is kind of like the elephant in the room…you know it’s there but it is easier […]

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