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In a famous experiment, psychologists Christopher Chabris and Daniel Simons asked people to watch a video of people playing basketball and count the number of passes. Technically, the answer is 15, but that misses the point of the experiment. … Read more
On July 4, 1776, the Second Continental Congress, gathered in Philadelphia, to adopt the Declaration of Independence. Two hundred years later, some 20 miles west of Independence Hall, in a nondescript office park near Washington’s Valley Forge headquarters, John C. … Read more
People don’t often share their investment mistakes. Can you recall the last time a friend or colleague mentioned how inept they are at managing their investments? First, most polite people have been raised not to openly discuss their finances. Second, … Read more
It’s early in 2013. Stocks had a terrific year in 2012, the fiscal cliff has been avoided—and so now’s the perfect time to reconsider your retirement plan, right?
Well, yes and no. Yes, tax time is a good time to … Read more
I remember one of my colleagues observed that many investors don’t really have portfolios—they have “collections” of securities. He meant that their accounts had been assembled piecemeal over time, with a brother-in-law’s recommendation here and a newsletter recommendation there. In … Read more
I’ve been investing in stocks through mutual funds for more than 30 years. I’ve known all along that periodic swoons come with the territory. I’ve experienced the October 1987 crash, the 2000–2002 bursting of the tech-stock bubble, and the kerflop … Read more
I read the headlines, same as you. Investors are panicking. During the drive in to work today, I listened to a radio business show. A correspondent talked about the flood of selling and the deep sense of fear in financial … Read more
Investors have every right to feel anxious about the markets.
First, we had the endless drama and squabbling over the federal debt ceiling. An agreement was reached, but before we could take a collective sigh of relief, the equity markets … Read more