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This OR That

We make dozens of choices each and every day. We drive our car in one direction, instead of another. We shop at one store, instead of another. We attend one church, instead of another. All of these are mutually exclusive choices that don’t seem to provide us much difficulty. In the financial arena however we […]

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Town Crier

It’s Not News

“Life is actually far better than it is in the movies. And it takes longer.”  – Seth Godin (Author)   Recently, I was getting dressed and glanced at the “headlines” scrolling across the TV screen of a major financial news network. The script said “Dow up in 14 of past 20 sessions”. The inference, since […]

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Change is Good

Selling Change

“Change is the law of life. Those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” – John F. Kennedy   Everyone sells something. Physicians, lawyers, architects – all are selling some type of remedy, or solution to a problem. What do we sell? Some might say investment returns, others […]

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Belief and Behavior

The 2 “B’s” – A Formula for Successful Investing

Beliefs (Philosophy) – Behavior (w/ Costs) = Returns We talk a lot these days about simplicity and clarity. The formula above is about as simple and straightforward as can be. What you believe and how you behave will ultimately determine your investment returns. That’s it – plain and simple. The hard part is connecting what […]

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Doctor

Doc Hollywood

Remember the movie about 20 years ago starring Michael J. Fox titled “Doc Hollywood”? Fox played a confident young doctor (Dr. Benjamin Stone), driving to L.A. to complete his training. Car trouble ensues and he is “stuck” in a small southern town where he ends up helping out at a hospital. One of the scenes […]

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Candles

Years, Not Days

“We believe in experts in the same way that our ancestors believed in oracles.” – Philip Tetlock (Author) I read an article recently on one of the popular personal finance sites that essentially asked “Where to invest now?” This is a very common theme.  Everyone is looking for “expert” advice about what to invest in […]

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