How Our Urge for Instant Gratification Can Stymie Us as Investors

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One of the strongest characteristics of the part of the human brain called the limbic center is its intense drive for immediate gratification. And because financial pain is processed in the same portion of the brain as physical pain, if you…

How Not to be Your Own Worst Enemy When it Comes to Your Investments

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At times we can be our own worst enemies when it comes to our investments.  Our human nature, and the way our brain operates, can severely alter our perception of reality. Every now and then this “mis-perception” can get in the way of making…

Why Markets Sometimes Act Irrationally

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One of the most frequent questions we are asked at our firm is “Please explain to me what the heck is going on?” Many times over the past 10 years, the investment markets appear to be acting in a totally irrational manner, seemingly devoid…

What Are Alternative Investments and Should They be a Part of My Portfolio?

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Asset allocation is identified as the process of having different types of investments in your plan with different percentages for each type. Alternative investments, which are used to help provide a counter-balance to more traditional holdings,…

A Hammer and a Screwdriver

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If you were considering remodeling your house, you would likely invite a few highly-skilled carpenters to submit quotas before you picked one to complete your project. If you asked them what tools they would use to work on the project, and one…