Crises in Context

Crises in Context One thing investors can count on is that they will hear numerous reports economic and market crises throughout their investment experience. Some of these will be actual crises; the majority will be nothing more than noise. Crisis du Jour The crisis du jour, as spewed by the financial media, pertains to predictions…

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Thoughts on Thinking

Thoughts on Thinking The ability to think clearly and draw correct conclusions is necessary in everyday life, especially when it comes to making important decisions. But thinking critically is not natural; it’s not the way our brains are hardwired. Instead, we are hardwired to follow the path of least resistance, which often results in hasty…

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How can you (financially) bless your spouse?

How can you (financially) bless your spouse? Did you realize you can bless your spouse from a financial perspective, by doing tax planning in the here and now? While most people don’t like to think about leaving their spouse a widow or widower, it’s a reality that faces most couples. Widows/widowers taxes nearly double after…

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Ignoring the Noise (Market Predictions)

Ignoring the Noise (Market Predictions) Stock market predictions can be quite alluring. Especially those that are extreme and/or use fear-inducing images. Such predictions can influence our opinions and ultimately our decisions. For that reason, it is important that we protect ourselves from their subconscious, and potentially damaging, influence. Characteristics of Believable Market Predictions Predictions that are believable do…

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Stop listening to BILLIONAIRES

Why you need to stop listening to BILLIONAIRES for investing advice Are you taking your investing cues from multi-billionaires and talking heads on TV? Do you think these billionaires have the right ideas and guidance for you? Learn why you need to STOP listening to billionaires’ ideas and financial advice as meaningful for you and…

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Investing Amid Uncertainty

Investing Amid Uncertainty Many investors express discomfort when things are uncertain. This is especially true when experiencing “heightened uncertainty,” such as with the current Eastern European conflict. However, uncertainty is not just a fact of economic and investment markets, it is a fact of life. Our future, by definition, is uncertain. There are times when…

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What would happen if you were blindsided?

What would happen if you were blindsided? What would happen if you were blindsided in your car as you drive home from work tonight? Not an accident leading to your death, but you simply are injured, can’t work, and your spouse is left having to piece together accessing accounts and contacting key people? The value…

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The Challenge of Selling

The Challenge of Selling Selling an investment is something that investors ponder from time to time. The challenge of selling, whether that investment is an individual stock, a mutual fund, or an index fund, is that investors are left with the question of what to do with the proceeds? No matter the reason for selling,…

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A Dependable Forecast for 2022

Most investors love economic and market forecasts. With the markets so uncertain and volatile, our brain craves some sort of idea of what the future holds. But the markets are unpredictable – evidenced by the fact that no one can consistently predict them with accuracy. Of course, a certain forecast will be right from time…

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Market Contagions

Market Contagions It is the time of year when we are constantly reminded to beware of viruses. This year we have the return of the flu plus COVID in many parts of the country. But we shouldn’t forget about the contagion that knows no season, that of stock market contagions. Power of Sensationalism Forecasts, stock…

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