Month: January 2016

An Ounce Of Prevention Is Worth a Pound Of Cure

One of Benjamin Franklin’s well-known aphorisms is, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Could this apply to the world of investing as well?  Yes, as it turns out. I’ve written before on the topic of volatility drag (see which causes an investment whose return is constantly fluctuating between positive and…
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Don’t Believe Everything You Believe

Amongst all the various cognitive biases that cause human beings to think and act irrationally, one of the more insidious ones is known as confirmation bias. Simply put, it means we tend to favor information that supports previously existing beliefs, and tend to reject anything that does not.  How much of a problem is confirmation…
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Definitive Stock Predictions for 2016!

Happy New Year! Now that the dust has settled on 2015, it’s time to enjoy the flood of predictions coming from well-known (and not so well-known) experts on stock market performance for 2016.  I did a quick scan and came up with the following: Julian Emanuel, a strategist at UBS, expects the S&P 500 to…
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