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What's Your Favorite Collection?

​ A collection. What comes to your mind? Maybe it's those silver coins you inherited from Grandpa, a book of vintage stamps, or that Mickey Mantle or Hank Aaron rookie baseball card. Whatever it may be, you most likely have a collection of value – sentimental, financial or both. Then there are those other collections. The kind that clutter, detract...
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Investing Can Be a Real Beach Ball

While my family and I have been enjoying our summer, I’ve been inspired by some of the ways our outdoor activities remind me of investing. Then again, given my profession, there’s not much that doesn’t remind me of investing. For example, check out this beach ball we purchased. The first six words are in English, with the rest no doubt saying the same thing in a litany of languages: “WARNING! USE ONLY UNDER COMPETENT SUPERVISION.” Legal fine print has found its way into our summertime fun time… with about as much impact as it has anywhere else. It’s not that the...
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Managing the Market Menagerie

Have you ever noticed how often we compare market conditions to the animal kingdom? There are the long-familiar bulls and bears . Given the hoopla we’ve seen so far in 2016, perhaps the market knows that it’s the Chinese year of the monkey , a period of heightened tumult and trickery . We’ve also seen the market compared to the fabled tortoise and the hare . With a nod toward spring, there’s the related notion that we might be in a bunny market, in which returns are seen hopping up and down – but to what end? In our opinion, the...
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Foolish Predictions Make for Dangerous Decisions

It’s nowhere near April 1st, but it seems there already are plenty of pundits making foolish predictions about what the markets have in store for us for all of 2016 – as if a few, admittedly raucous days foretell the tenor for the rest of the year. The popular media – and, let’s face it, we readers – seem to enjoy shivering over scary market absolutes, indulging in oversized headlines like, “ Dow has worst four-day start to a year on record ,” accompanied by the usual images of anxious exchange traders clutching their heads in disbelief. The implication is that...
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