Markets


Oct

21

2016
Spotting the Sucker

Spotting the Sucker

“Listen, here’s the thing. If you can’t spot the sucker in your first half-hour at the table, then you ARE the sucker.” -Mike McDermott I’ve heard some people say that investing in the stock market is no different than gambling....

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Oct

14

2016
Narrating Randomness

Narrating Randomness

Everything happens for a reason…right? If something can’t be explained, it bothers us. When dealing with financial markets, this is a dangerous feeling to have. With millions of investors and traders participating in a pricing game from all over the...

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Sep

26

2016
Will the Election Impact My Portfolio?

Will the Election Impact My Portfolio?

The 2016 election has been churning out headlines for the past year and is now only a few weeks away. If Donald Trump is elected, will global stock markets spiral out of control? If Hilary Clinton wins, will the economy...

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Jul

01

2016
Free Lunch Investing

Free Lunch Investing

There’s a well-known saying in the investment industry that “diversification is the only free lunch in investing.”  The phrase was first coined by Harry Markowitz, a Nobel Prize winning economist in 1952.  So what exactly does it mean? The “there’s no free lunch”...

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Jun

24

2016
You Know Nothing, So Invest Like It

You Know Nothing, So Invest Like It

“The more I learn, the more I realize how much I don’t know.” When I sat down to write my blog post this week, it started like this: “China, Grexit, Ebola, China, Brexit, Taper, Donald Trump, Russia, China, Oil, Debt...

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May

27

2016
Breaking a Bank

Breaking a Bank

For the unofficial kickoff of summer I thought I’d share a crazy/sad story about the collapse of one of the oldest banks in the world.  No lessons this week, just an interesting story about how a few very bad bets can...

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Apr

15

2016
Why Speculate With Your Future?

Why Speculate With Your Future?

Forecasting (n.) – The attempt to predict the unknowable by measuring the irrelevant; a task that, in one way or another, employs most people on Wall Street. – Jason Zweig, The Devil’s Financial Dictionary For the last month, I’ve been hammering...

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Apr

01

2016
Don’t Be an April Fool

Don’t Be an April Fool

Nearly every culture has some kind of festival to mark the coming of spring. These occasions, which anthropologists have dubbed “renewal festivals,” typically involve some sort of organized mayhem. People play pranks on friends, wear disguises, or somehow reverse the...

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Mar

18

2016
The Stock Market is a Distraction

The Stock Market is a Distraction

“The stock market is a giant distraction from the business of investing.” – Jack Bogle Last week Barry Ritholtz conducted a great interview with Jack Bogle on Bloomberg’s Masters in Business radio show/podcast.  Bogle is founder and retired CEO of The Vanguard Group and would...

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