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I Wager That Pascal Would Agree

September 23, 2016

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK SYNOPSIS • Blaise Pascal was a brilliant mathematician and philosopher, and his “wager” can be used as a proxy for gauging investment risk against expected return. • Long-term government bonds have been on a tear, but the lessons from Pascal tell us to proceed with caution. • Speculators should focus more…

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Hitting Home Runs

September 8, 2016

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK SYNOPSIS • Several stocks experience catastrophic losses at some point, and many never recover. • Despite so many stocks delivering investors such bad losses, the overall equity market is up dramatically since 1980. • Diversification is the only way to reap the rewards from “home run” stocks without owning all of…

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How to Spot a Bubble

August 22, 2016

THOUGHT OF THE WEEK SYNOPSIS • William Bernstein’s seminal masterpiece The Four Pillars of Investing details four conditions necessary for an investment bubble to appear. • We have all lived through one of the biggest bubbles of all-time, so use these battle scars as protection when the next bubble begins to form. • One of…

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Is Student Debt The Next Bubble To Burst?

August 17, 2016

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK SYNOPSIS • Consumer debts have risen dramatically over the last six years, and many fear mongers consider this to be the next bubble to burst and take down our economy. • Although consumer debt has been rising, it’s not the amount of debt that matters but rather if one can afford…

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Books Worth Reading

August 12, 2016

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK SYNOPSIS • The number of books on investing is truly overwhelming, but there are a few classics and recent publications that stand out as true masterpieces. • The strategies that were taught decades ago still apply today, and they will most likely work for decades to come. • Here is a…

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Finding Good Information

August 12, 2016

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK SYNOPSIS • Not too long ago, the challenge for individual investors was gaining access to information. • Thanks to regulation and the proliferation of content distribution via the internet, the challenge today is sifting through all the garbage to find the information that matters. • Here is a list of sources…

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TFTW: Print This Chart, Hang It On A Wall

July 28, 2016

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK SYNOPSIS • The market’s response to a crisis has been rather favorable over time to a balanced investment strategy. • Diversification is the golden rule of investing, and this discipline often requires investors to remain allocated to asset classes that appear unattractive at times. • The next time a crisis hits…

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Stay-at-Home Moms Need a Retirement Plan, Too

July 18, 2016

As of 2012 nearly a full third of all mothers stayed at home with their children. The number of stay at home moms (and dads!) is still on the rise, driven by a mix of social and economic factors. Few stay at home moms – sometimes called “SAHMs” – have an actual retirement savings plan,…

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Pensions in 2016: What You Need to Know

July 18, 2016

Pensions, long a pillar of the American retirement system, may be on their way out. That is, of course, if you listen to the many news reports touting the volatility of the U.S. pension program. However, a full 18% of private workers in the United States still participated in traditional pension programs through their jobs…

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