The Major League Baseball regular season ended last weekend, and the New York Mets finished in a disappointing fourth place in the National League East division with 77 wins. It was clear from the early stages of this season that the Mets were simply not a well-constructed team, and would have trouble making the playoffs. … [Read More] It’s Never Your Fault
We believe that an investor's behavior can seriously impact their market returns. This category page is dedicated to informing our readers of certain behaviors that are known to damage investor's returns over time. We also discuss strategies to avoiding these damaging behaviors.
People will nod their head in agreement when advisors say things like “Politicians do not control the markets.” But people still believe it! So I’m going to tap lightly on a “third rail” of topics we should probably steer clear from – politics! Over my career, different clients have told me to my face, the… [Read More] Politicians and Your Money
We had an interesting conversation recently with a “friend of the firm.” Kathleen is not a client, but rather a peer – she charts, just like we do. She told us how she made lots of transactions from quarter to quarter and even month to month, picking up 10% here, 15% there. It’s a lot… [Read More] Compounding Comes From Discipline
According to the definition found at Neuropsychotherapist.com, the prefrontal cortex “…region of the brain has been implicated in planning complex cognitive behavior, personality expression, decision making… ” Maybe a part of our brain stops us from becoming better investors? So, help me reconcile this quote from Warren Buffett: “There seems to be some perverse human characteristic… [Read More] The Prefrontal Cortex, part I
In the movie A Quiet Place, the story follows the Abbott family. The Abbotts live in a post-apocalyptic world that has been decimated by extraterrestrial creatures who hunt by sound. As we quickly learn in the first few minutes of the film, the family’s survival is dependent upon silence. Anybody who makes even the slightest… [Read More] Negative Space: Why It Always Feels Like the Top
“Melinda Gates’ children don’t have smartphones and only use a computer in the kitchen. Her husband Bill spends hours in his office reading books while everyone else is refreshing their homepage. The most sought-after school in Silicon Valley (the Waldorf School of the Peninsula), bans electronic devices for the under-11s and teaches the children of… [Read More] Habits of some very Wealthy Families