How To Ignore Fear-Mongering Headlines (And Still Sleep At Night)

Take a look at any financial website, newsletter or magazine and you will undoubtedly find stories warning you about the Chinese economy, the Fed’s interest rate policies, the impact of the U.S. presidential election, global oil markets, forecast corporate profits and market volatility. But none of these stories—while interesting to read and ponder—is worthy of… Continue reading>

Stock Market Nausea

  Do words like "PLUNGES" or "PLUMMETS" (preceded by “the stock market”) make you a tad nauseous? They’re supposed to—along with feelings of fear, panic and dread. The media thrives on stirring emotion. And when it comes to our money, we tend to think of our investment balances at their highest point, which becomes our… Continue reading>

The Law Of Unintended Consequences—And Your Money

A dentist kills a beloved lion and ruins his life. The invasion of Iraq results in region-wide instability and war. Burning fossil fuels creates air pollution. Introducing kudzu in the U.S. South (and rabbits in Australia) produces ecological disasters. Unintended consequences are like that. You begin with an idea that sounds great, at least to… Continue reading>

What Do You Mean The Market Makes You Nervous?

China devalued its currency! Greece is doing a Walenda on a tightrope above a flaming chasm of financial ruin! Puerto Rican debt is in the toilet! The Dow plummets hundreds of points! The chatter in the lunchrooms, locker rooms and Boardrooms is aimed at piecing together the meaning and ramifications of such global money events.… Continue reading>

Seven Investment Truths (aka How To Conquer Greed With Wisdom)

"My broker showed me how great my investment performance has been over the last few years!" How many times have you heard—or made—that statement? While we all know that past performance doesn't equate to future performance, our brains get dazzled by those 5-star rankings. Or that jaw-dropping return from last week/last month/last year. Somehow, a… Continue reading>