Entries by Dennis Morton

The Found Decade

The first decade of the 21st century has been called a “Lost Decade” for investors because during that time the U.S. stock market went through two bear markets before ending up flat for the ten-year period.  This month marks the anniversary of a robust rebound, a regression to the mean, or a “Found Decade.”  In […]

Why Would I Invest in _________?

If we were to take a year-end snapshot of the performance of all types of investments (stocks, bonds, real estate, cash), there would always be an array of winners and losers. Sometimes stocks will outperform bonds by a wide margin, but the opposite has also been true. The dangerous part about looking at such a […]

How to Interview a Financial Advisor

When someone reaches the point when they need financial advice, the idea of interviewing a professional is intimidating.  For many years, we met with people who admitted that they did not know what to ask and were making decisions on hiring someone based on their gut.  You can imagine the risk in that.  The advisor […]

Focus, Not Concentration

To focus is to have clarity on what is and what isn’t. It is to know what is relevant and what can be ignored. To concentrate is to put all of one’s energy and resources into one place. Investors are rewarded for focusing on what is important, penalized for concentration. This year if you concentrated […]

Reading List: Thinking in Bets by Annie Duke

Sometimes the stock market has been referred to as a “casino”.  As investors, then, who better to learn from than a champion poker player like Ms. Duke?  Book Review: Thinking in Bets by Annie Duke Truthfully, Annie Duke has written a very well-researched book on the role of skill and chance in determining any outcome. […]

The Patience to Get Rich Slowly

Bloomberg featured a research report on why hedge funds continue to attract investors despite lackluster performance. Because of their complexity and secrecy, hedge funds have an attraction that appeals to our illusion of control. We don’t want to believe that investing is as simple as having low-cost, broad exposure to a lot of different assets. […]