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Hollywood and Wall Street

Hollywood is at it again.  It seems the financial services industry is a favorite topic for Hollywood writers who discuss the spectacular failures of trust that have occurred in the industry.  While these failures certainly make for good movies and television, there are many in the industry who provide a tremendous benefit to their clients and […]

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4-22-13

Will saving poor children lead to overpopulation?

This post contains two short videos from Hans Rosling who is  is a Swedish medical doctor, academic, statistician, and public speaker. He is the Professor of International Health at Karolinska Institute, a medical university in Stockholm, Sweden, and is one of the largest and most prestigious medical universities in the world. In this 3 minute video, he discusses […]

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the Times

How much of Your Nest to Put into Stocks? All of it.

Attached is an article written by David A. Levine for the New York Times in February.  In the article he discusses how most investors should have most of their money invested in stocks.  What makes this more compelling is that he is a self-confessed “bond guy” or someone who has believed in the value of bonds or fixed […]

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Oil Price Declines – What should investors do?

Investors and human beings certainly have short memories.  The recent steep decline in oil prices has car buyers and investors’ believing this decline is a long-term phenomenon.  It seems that we’ve all forgotten that the oil and real estate sectors follow boom and bust cycles.  A trip down my personal memory lane will bring perspective […]

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A Tale of Four Decades – 1995 & 2005 – Part 2 of 3

Forty years seem like a long time. This is the 2nd post of a 3-part series covering the last 40 years.    We have discussed many times in various posts that 40 years is generally the starting duration that needs to be planned for when we meet with a couple in their mid-50’s.  If a married couple is […]

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Fish

Curious about how markets work?

 Curious about how markets work? This video from our partner – Dimensional Fund Advisors (DFA) explains how security prices are set and how they change based on the collective knowledge of buyers and sellers.  Armed with this information, investors will better understand how and why markets work. This 3 minute video describes the power of the […]

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Innovation

Keeping the Edge: U.S. innovation

The presidential election process is upon us.  For the next year all of the candidates vying for the presidency will focus on the current problems that we face here in the United States.  And while there is plenty for the candidates to discuss (such as the rise of international terrorism, the large number of U.S. citizens not […]

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Global Map by Market Cap

A Different Perspective on Global Stock Markets

Sometimes seeing something from a different perspective helps bring additional insight to a subject.  Below is a view of the world – not from the traditional view according to land mass that we are all familiar with from grade school.  This graph demonstrates the size of the countries according to the value of the companies […]

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What's new, pussycat?

Belling the Cat – Using research to time markets

Sometimes even the best of ideas are only good in theory because they are impossible to implement in practice.  This holds true to the financial world as well. Academic financial research generates hundreds of research papers each year highlighting potential ways for investors to get a possible insight on the direction of the stock market.  Many […]

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My Google driverless car photo used on @NBCWashington

The Driverless Car Bet

We have talked in previous posts about how successful investors have to be optimistic about the future. This optimism can be found in many areas driven through the tremendous progress that technology is having in many aspects of our lives.  Technology is making our lives easier, more productive and allowing us to remain healthier longer […]

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