The Things We Teach Ourselves

We all have hobbies that are self-taught. Maybe for you it is cooking, or gardening, or carpentry.  They are the skills we picked up by following our passions, maybe with some mentorship, but rarely with formal education. For me, guitar and golf are my self-taught hobbies; learned the hard way since my teenage years. Most […]

Don’t Just Stand There! Do Something! (Women’s World Cup Edition)

Yesterday the USWNT advanced to the finals of the World Cup after the heroics of Goalie Alyssa Naeher in saving a penalty kick late in the match against England.  Imagine being inside the head of a goalkeeper facing a penalty kick.  Your job is to be the last one, standing alone, against an uncontested opponent.  […]

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A Measure of Risk

There are two ways to measure how well you are doing in your investment account:  In percentages or in dollars.  Which feels worse: “I am down 5%” or “I am down $50,000”? For a $1,000,000 portfolio those are one and the same, but it is much more frequent that I hear down moves described in […]

Reading List: Thinking in Bets, by Annie Duke

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?  Truthfully she has written a very well-researched book on the role of skill and chance in determining any outcome.  A career at […]

The Patience to Get Rich Slowly

Last month, Bloomberg featured a research report on why Hedge funds continue to attract investors despite lackluster performance (https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2018-06-26/is-hedge-fund-love-in-our-dna). 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