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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, 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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Personal Finance Is Too Big; Where Do I Start?

Because our educational system teaches next to nothing practical about personal finance, there are usually two ways people come to the idea of personal financial education. Either they are in a crisis of a particular kind, or they are finally realizing that some general financial education would be helpful as they go about their regular lives.

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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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Mindful Investing: Better Investing Outcomes; Less Suffering

This is the working title of my 2nd book. It is based on my 40 years investing in stocks, 25 years in options, 20 years in real estate, and 15 years in private markets. If there is a tool that could be invested in, I have invested in it. At the end, I choose to invest 90% of my own and my family's investable assets in the simplest way possible.

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The First of Two Investment Camps

There are two ideas constantly competing for dominance in the world of investing advice – Active vs. Passive. Your outcomes, in terms of investment returns, will probably differ very little based on which side you choose to believe. Your outcomes, in terms of the time spent and anxiety provoked, will differ a great deal.

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