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Are You Nervous about Money?

Investors become nervous when markets do well, thinking that the inevitable “other shoe” is about to drop. This is normal and understandable. A key to becoming an “all the time” investor is appreciating the power of the collective market. Even more important, clearly understanding that there is no such thing as a future fact. Regardless […]

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Investment Lifetime

What’s Your Investing Lifetime?

“Far more money has been lost by investors preparing for corrections or trying to anticipate corrections than has been lost in corrections themselves.” – Peter Lynch (Former Fidelity Magellan Manager)  We sometimes see clients that have an investing theory all worked out that inevitably leads to a coming  market decline.  Financial markets indeed move up […]

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Defeat

Is Passive Investing “Defeatist”?

Is investing in a way to capture asset class/market returns akin to “giving up”? Hardly. Passive investing in actuality is about expecting to win  at investing over time. Conversely, mountains of research demonstrate that the active manager approach to investing is mostly destined to fail. Active investment management relies on the belief that a combination of nimble […]

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Destruction

How to Avoid Wealth Destruction

Professor Ken French has estimated that $80 billion per year is transferred from the pockets of investors to brokers and active fund managers. Others, including Vanguard founder John Bogle, have estimated that the majority of the investment returns provided by the financial markets are skimmed off the top by the mighty Wall Street marketing machine. […]

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A Voice, not an Echo

In our 24-hour news connectivity, it is easy to “self select” what we actually see and hear. For many, this resembles an “echo chamber” where the words and phrases match our current narrative. This becomes self-reinforcing in short order. We hear the words we want to hear; We see the images we want to see. […]

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