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Should You Be Afraid of a Bear Market?

“The Bear is coming! The Bear is coming!” Indeed it is. Should you be worried? No, if you have heeded my advice and diversified your portfolio and set aside a cash reserve. You can actually stop reading now. For everyone else, the answer is “probably...

When “Financial Planning” Is Not Financial Planning

Whenever I surf television cable news channels, I can’t help but notice the plethora of ads for financial planning. Some of them sound compelling, even to me. I often find myself thinking, “Dang, that’s exactly what we do.” Then I notice the...

More Cognitive Biases That Can Cost You Money

Last week we looked at four types of “stinking thinking,” cognitive biases that can contribute to poor investment decisions. Here are six more. Monte Carlo Fallacy. This is placing too much emphasis on the likelihood of an event happening, just because it...

Cognitive Bias: How “Stinking Thinking” Can Cost You Money

“I reject your reality and substitute my own.” As youngsters, my kids used to quote this line from host Adam Savage of Mythbusters, one of their favorite TV shows. While he was being humorous, he was also describing the human condition. Regardless of the...

Middle-Class Millionaires Are Far From Billionaires

Suppose you have a net worth of one thousand dollars, while your friend has one million dollars. Would you consider yourselves to be in the same financial category? Almost certainly not. The comparison is absurd. Your friend’s one million is a thousand times...

Investment Advice Is Not Financial Planning

Investment advice is not financial planning. This is an important distinction to understand when you go shopping for financial advice. Do you only need help with investment decisions, or do you need guidance on all aspects of your financial life? Investment advisors...