96% of Stock Returns are Pretty Boring

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I love looking at historical data for the returns of various asset classes and using this data to govern how I invest my money and invest money for my clients. Professor Aswath Damodaron at NYU’s Stern School of business maintains records of the returns of various asset classes starting in 1928.  You can find that…

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Are Your Personal Goals Livin’ on a Prayer?

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We’re not huge fans, but Stacy and I watched the four-part Bon Jovi documentary this weekend.  Even if you don’t love the band, it was really interesting to see how 5 middle class kids from New Jersey achieved world-wide fame.  (Spoiler alert – I’m about to disclose multiple plot details here – read on at…

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Creating the Life You are Meant to Lead

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Do you want to “play it safe” or do you want to create the life you are meant to lead? I definitely was raised to follow the “play it safe” rulebook: But somewhere along the way I realized that playing it safe wasn’t really safe at all.  I was thrilled with my finances; but was…

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Should I Add My Kids to the Deed?

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The short answer is NO.  Usually parents who are doing this have two commendable goals in mind: avoiding probate and ensuring that the house passes to their kids. The theory behind this form of DIY estate planning is good; however, it comes with many significant risks and downsides. These goals can be accomplished by putting the house in a…

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Your Brain is an Evidence-Seeking Machine

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In a previous post, I talked about the idea that our brains are “Thought-Making Machines” that churn out thousands of thoughts a day.  My brain is a champ at churning out thoughts by the boatload, particularly if I’m chewing the worry bone about something. Today I’m talking about a related topic, which is that our…

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