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Thankful Thinking

Just as it's best to engage in year-round tax planning instead of waiting for April Fool's Day, we'd probably all be better off if we maintained a continuous "attitude of gratitude." Still, it doesn't hurt to have at least one day of the year officially dedicated to being thankful, to remind us of what we should be practicing all the time. Better l...
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Giving Holiday Thanks

As 2013 winds to a close, we at Fort Vancouver Investment Management pause from our usual money-management posts, to give thanks to those of you who have found our insights helpful. Whether you’ve shared feedback with us or enjoyed our posts without remark, we are so grateful to each of you for making time for us in your busy lives. In exchange, I hope we’ve been able to make a quality difference in your life. Speaking of making a difference, here’s some feel-good news also worth celebrating during this holiday season of giving. Scanning the financial columns in early December,...
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How Do You Spell Investor Success?

As my wife Valerie and I approach our 20th wedding anniversary in early April we are finding ourselves making some last minute decisions on how to celebrate. Sure, the big, round number feels great; an occasion to pause and reflect. But anyone who’s been in a significant relationship for any length of time knows that numbers alone don’t spell marital success. What matters the most is the quality of life you’ve built together in whatever time you’ve shared. The same can be said about investing. Of course the numbers — your short term investment returns — are helpful in gauging...
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Date Night in Santa Monica

Ok, so it wasn’t really a date night. I was actually in Los Angeles for a one-day conference sponsored by Dimensional Fund Advisors. However, since it was pretty much an overnight getaway, I thought I’d ask my wife Valerie if she wanted to have dinner in LA as a change-up to our weekly, “go out to dinner” routine in the Portland Metro area. Of course, she jumped at the chance. We both adore our children but … you probably get the picture. We arrived in LA late Tuesday afternoon, with our flight back to Portland scheduled for the next day,...
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