“I don’t know and don’t care because it doesn’t matter to what I’m doing.”
1. Not Caring: A Unique and Powerful Skill (Morgan Housel, 2/28/2019)
A rule of thumb is to prefer the strategy that’s likely to get you closest to your goal with the fewest number of decisions needed along the way.
Figure out what you can control and obsess over it. Identify what doesn’t matter and ignore it. Determine what you’re incapable of...
The evolution of how we think about money. Where are you on this journey?
1. Out of the Swamp (Humble Dollar, 2/16/2019)
We can measure our financial progress by the size of our net worth. But that’s hardly the only gauge. Equally important, I’d argue, is the evolution in how we think about money—and how we use it to improve our lives. What does this journey look like? I picture it as having five...
The Geometry of Wealth: How to shape a life of money and meaning
Last night I finished reading The Geometry of Wealth and wanted to share a few choice excerpts from this thoughtful book by behavioral finance expert Brian Portnoy.
A description of the book:
How does money figure into a happy life? In The Geometry of Wealth, behavioral finance expert Brian Portnoy delivers an inspired answer, building on the critical distinction between being...
Shrinking Tax Refunds
1. The U.S. Cut Taxes. Why Will Fewer Folks Get Refunds? (Washington Post, 2/10/2019)
This article has Q&A taking you through the reasons why. Hint: Some of the explanation is because of changes to the tax code, but also because less taxes were withheld from employee paychecks than in prior years due to changes in the withholding tables, and in the lower rate withheld from bonuses and employee stock compensation...
Today we’re taking you to visit Dimensional’s blog, “Dimensional Perspectives,” and specifically their article titled “Key Questions for Long-Term Investors.”
Key Questions for Long-Term Investors
“Whether you’ve been investing for decades or are just getting started, at some point on your investment journey you’ll likely ask yourself some of the questions below. Trying to answer these questions may be intimidating, but know that you’re not alone. Your financial advisor is here to help. While...
2018 Market Review
After logging strong returns in 2017, global equity markets delivered negative returns in US dollar terms in 2018. Common news stories in 2018 included reports on global economic growth, corporate earnings, record low unemployment in the US, the implementation of Brexit, US trade wars with China and other countries, and a flattening US Treasury yield curve. Global equity markets delivered positive returns through September, followed by a...
2018 Market Performance
It’s a wrap! 2018 market performance numbers are now available for the fourth quarter and the year. Today, we share Dimensional Fund Advisor’s latest Quarterly Market Review, along with its 2018 Annual Market Review. We hope you’ll use these summaries to reinforce the importance of staying with your own financial goals and risk tolerances, no matter how terrible one year of returns may seem. Please pay special attention to “Why Should You...
The One Constant
1. The One Constant in the Stock Market (A Wealth of Common Sense, Ben Carlson, 12/11/2018)
Ben Carlson, always with the best charts and words of wisdom.
“I’ve used this chart before but it’s worth reposting because we all need reminders during a market correction that they’re perfectly normal and should be expected:
The average intra-year drawdown since 1950 is -13.3%. And more than half of all calendar year drawdowns have...
Why Should You Diversify?
When international stock returns lag, investors may feel tempted to double down on their home market. Historical data suggests the long-term benefits of diversifying globally.
For more, visit this week's Dimensional Post Why Should You Diversify or click here for a PDF version.
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SAGE Serendipity: The "Best of 2018" lists are coming out. Here we've curated a list of lists; a place to start and maybe pick-up...