The first decade of the 21st century, and the second one that’s drawing to a close, have reinforced for investors some timeless market lessons: Returns can vary sharply from one period to another. Holding a broadly diversified portfolio can help smooth out the swings. And focusing on known drivers … [Read more...] about A Tale of Two Decades: Lessons for Long‑Term Investors
Behavioral Factors in Investing
I came to America as an 8-year old refugee from the Vietnam War, along with my five brothers, my parents, and my grandmother. My parents were broken in spirit, but still retained enough pride to refuse food stamps and welfare assistance from our new homeland. They reminded us often that we have the … [Read more...] about Asian Philosophy and Retirement Planning
By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail. Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) American statesman, scientist and philosopher. What is the benefit for taking the time to envision and plan for the future you desire? That is what each prospect consciously or subconsciously thinks about before … [Read more...] about Securing Your Dignity in Retirement
Over the course of a summer, it’s not unusual for the stock market to be a topic of conversation at barbecues or other social gatherings. Occasionally, a neighbor or relative might ask about which investments are good to buy now. The lure of getting in at the right time or avoiding the next … [Read more...] about Timing Isn’t Everything
Sometimes you just have to be patient Maureen and I were fortunate enough to be invited to a New Jersey Devils hockey game as they took on the New York Islanders. Our good friends Jeanne and John have excellent seats at the Prudential Center, and we were excited to see this fast-paced game in … [Read more...] about When will a Hockey Goal be scored?
Investment fads are nothing new. When selecting strategies for their portfolios, investors are often tempted to seek out the latest and greatest investment opportunities. Over the years, these approaches have sought to capitalize on developments such as the perceived relative strength of … [Read more...] about Déjà Vu All Over Again