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...

We are trapped in the “Never-Ending Now,” consuming only social media content created within the last 24 hours 1.  The Never-Ending Now (David Perell, 11/13/2018) “You are what you consume. End of story. Here’s Tim Wu writing in The Attention Merchants: ‘Any and all information that one consumes—pays attention to—will have some influence… As William James observed, we must reflect that, when we reach the end of our days, our life experience will equal what we have...

The market meltdown everyone saw coming 1.  Explaining the Correction with Perfect Hindsight (Barry Ritholtz, 10/15/2018) “We interrupt this regularly scheduled correction to bring you an after the fact narrative explaining in great detail and with utter certainty what just occurred in the markets, and why.”  A bright side to last week’s pain  2.  Who Benefits From a Market Correction? (A Wealth of Common Sense, Ben Carlson, 10/12/2018) “The swift market sell-off we’ve experienced this week is painful for anyone in...

Scary headlines resurface 1.     Writers have dusted off their dictionaries and words like "sink", "plunge", and "selloff" have reappeared in the headlines. (Say those words out loud and notice how they make you feel. Ugh. Right?) The antidote is context. As Bob French notes in his article "Putting Monday’s Drop in Perspective," "After the market’s close on Monday (and the not so great previous week), we’ve only given up our...

Fund Reference recently featured some of Sheri's tips in their 101 Investing Insights From the Experts article.  Here is a sample: "If you’re feeling fear or panic to threatening news, it’s okay to feel that way; just don’t let it overrule your common sense. The best cure for panic is a healthy dose of planning. If you already have an investment plan in place, stick with it — depend on it...

We briefly interrupt our regularly scheduled programing (Investment Basics Series) for a special edition of “What Sheri’s Been Reading." How have you been feeling the past few days?  Hopefully you've ignored the gyrations of the stock markets and kept your eye on the long view but if you have not, you might be feeling a little agitated, anxious, panicky even? Are you wondering if you should be doing anything?  Answer:  As long as...

To all humor there is an element of truth, especially in Wall Street Journal columnist Jason Zweig’s recently published Devil’s Financial Dictionary. Inspired by late 19th century satirist Ambrose Bierce’s “The Devil’s Dictionary,” Zweig’s devilish definitions take on a range of Wall Street’s financial jargon, which often seems meant more to deceive than inform investors: ASSET GATHERING, n.  The term that asset managers use, when no one is listening, to describe...