No. The End. Rather than have this be the shortest blog post ever, I want to refine my answer a bit. There is no deduction for Roth IRA contributions since money goes into these accounts after-tax. But there may still be a tax benefit to making Roth IRA contributions, aside from the potential for tax-free… [Read More] Is a Roth IRA Ever Tax Deductible?
I just got back from Hollywood, Florida where I spent the last few days at this year’s Inside ETFs conference. It was a special trip for me because this was my first chance to participate in a panel discussion. I’m incredibly grateful to the people at Inside ETFs for giving me the opportunity. Big shout… [Read More] Inside ETFs 2019
The wise Yogi Berra once said that, “Baseball is 90% mental; the other half is physical”. Aside from a Hall of Fame career, Berra is best known for his entertaining “Yogi-isms”. Despite Yogi’s questionable math, baseball is indeed mental. Coincidentally, it was Berra’s teammate who invented one of baseball’s most mental tools. Yogi Berra’s fellow… [Read More] The Contrast Effect: Making the Same Things Feel Different
In 2018, I tried something new – taking notes while reading. On the front page of my notebook, I kept a running list of the books I read. From there, I wrote down thoughts as I progressed. I organized my thoughts by book and chapter. This process proved to be simple enough that I was… [Read More] Why to Take Notes
There are two sides to every story. Or, when it comes to the 1950 film, Rashomon, four sides. After its surprise Golden Lion victory at the 1951 Venice Film Festival, Rashomon took the world by storm. The small Japanese film was created by the now-revered director and screenwriter, Akira Kurosawa. Rashomon is a mystery about… [Read More] The Rashomon Effect: What To Do With Narratives
Imagine this: you’re in a car leaving town for a lengthy road trip. You reach the highway and push down on your gas pedal to accelerate. You can feel the car picking up speed, but something’s missing. There’s an eerie silence as the car begins to move faster and faster. Concurrent with a step onto… [Read More] Fake Diversification: The Skeuomorph Portfolio