Learning from the Global Financial Crisis

Learning from the Global Financial Crisis About 15 years ago the markets began to recover from the most severe economic crisis since the Great Depression. The Global Financial Crisis resulted in many jobs lost, stock markets losing half their value, and the personal and psychological toll was significant. The GFC was the greatest test of…

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Uncertainty, Outcomes & Our Decisions

Uncertainty, Outcomes & Our Decisions The brain has a lot of gray matter but hates gray areas. As a planning machine, the brain needs information that is certain so it can figure out the best course of action. And when we don’t get certain information, we get agitated. Perhaps you have said, “I don’t care…

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What Investors Can Learn from Athletes

What Investors Can Learn from Athletes Nick Saban, recently retired football coach of the Alabama Crimson Tide said, “If you want to be good you don’t really have a lot of choices.” He was referring to the choice to either be disciplined or not to a specific process that would lead to success. No one…

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March Madness – Stock Market Edition

March Madness – Stock Market Edition As we prepare for basketball’s march madness tournament, it is a good time to reflect on how maddening the stock market can be. What causes the madness of the markets? Many things, but one of the greatest frustrations to investors is the significant fluctuations in asset prices, or volatility.…

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Are We Due for a Change?

Are We Due for a Change? In January the stock market, despite years of high interest rates and recession concerns, hit a new all-time high. This was largely driven by strong corporate earnings, a robust job market, and improving consumer sentiment. Whenever the market is on a long winning streak or even hits new highs,…

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Succeeding at Self-Control

Succeeding at Self-Control Self-control is an important characteristic to develop that can help us in all aspects of our lives from biting our tongue, to passing on the sweet treat, to accomplishing our New Year’s resolutions. But it isn’t easy! In fact, it can be downright painful, especially when trying to control some urge. It’s…

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Who Would Have Thought

Who Would Have Thought One of the best things about a year coming to an end is to look back and identify key lessons that we can use to improve our decision-making going forward. This is especially true in the investment realm. 2023 – Lots of Bad News Late in 2022, market and economic experts…

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Timely Economic Perspectives

Timely Economic Perspectives Recently the Wall Street Journal ran with a headline about “Quadruple Threats”1 to the economy. Not to be outdone, on the same day, Marketwatch.com posted an image highlighting five current threats to the economy. These threats are made to be, and can be, concerning. I break down the threats below to help…

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ABC’s of Successful Investing

ABC’s of Successful Investing As the kids have gone back to school, it is a good time to review the ABCs of successful investing. A – Adjust Your Expectations Expect that stock market selloffs, which are normal, will occur quite regularly – it’s just the nature of beast. But historically the losses have been temporary.…

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The Advantages of Low Expectations

The Advantages of Low Expectations We all want desirable outcomes – those outcomes that bring us happiness, peace, and prosperity. Because we desire such outcomes, we may go into situations having high expectations. But it may be more beneficial to temper our expectations if we want to experience greater contentment in life. Disappointment & Contentment…

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