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This Is What It Feels Like To Buy Low

The great companies of the US and the World are on sale. That sale may (or may not) get better. If it does get better, it won’t get that much better. There will be some point in the not-too-distant future where we look back at today – the September retest of the June low – and say, “I wish I would have invested then.”

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Weekend Reading | Saturday, September 10, 2022

Five Lessons from History | How to Avoid the Envy Trap | Counting Another Person’s Money | The Effect of College and University Endowments on Financial Aid, Admissions, and Student Composition | We Don’t Have a Hundred Biases, We Have the Wrong Model | Key US Growth Measures Diverge, Complicating Recession Debate

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Mindful Investing Works Because We Don’t Know/Can’t Know What Happens Next

We know – vividly – what has already happened. We can never know what will come next. The humble recognition of this truth should be the foundation of any long-term investment philosophy. The question is, “Given that we cannot know what comes next, how should we invest?”

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Weekend Reading | Saturday, August 6, 2022

On Sarcasm | Misinformation Is Here To Stay (And That’s OK) | A Flaw in Human Judgment: How Making Decisions Isn’t As Objective As You Think | The Disastrous Record of Celebrity Crypto Endorsements | What Do You Spend Money On? Lessons From Our Clients About Spending that Brings True Joy

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3 Melt-Up Triggers & 2 Bear Market Positives

There is a lot of negative news out there right now. Inflation is the worst it has been in 4 decades, there may be a recession around the corner, supply chains are still problematic. When will it end? I don’t know, but I’d be careful about getting overly swept up in it.

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The Market and Economy in Q2 2022: Perspectives and Principles

The best way to completely destroy any chance for lifetime investment success has historically been to sell one’s quality equity portfolios in a bear market. In Warren Buffet’s words, it is wise for investors to be “fearful when others are greedy, and greedy when others are fearful.”

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It’s Officially a Bear Market

Historically, it seems the primary function of financial journalism (perhaps all journalism) is to scare us out of our wits. We have been reminded of this almost hourly since the S&P 500 entered official “bear market territory” on Monday, June 13th by closing 20% below its previous all-time high set in January of 2022.

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The Economy Cannot be Forecast; The Market Cannot be Timed

Yoda’s idea, “Difficult to see, Always in motion is the future,” turns out to be exactly right. There are too many variables at work on something so incomprehensible as “the economy” or “the market.” One small (perhaps even intentional) change in one variable (e.g. FED funds rate) unpredictably causes additional changes across other variables, which in turn, cause more changes and so on. Each change multiplies to create outcomes that are unknowable. The future… moves.

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Weekend Reading | Saturday, May 28, 2022

What’s the Secret to Happiness? | Mindfulness Hurts. That’s Why It Works. | This 715-Song Playlist is Scientifically Verified to Give You the Chills, Thanks to “Frisson” | How To Optimize The Energy We Put Into Financial Planning | More Evidence that Alpha Generation is Shrinking

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