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Can You, Too, Become an Investing Genius?

“I guarantee to make you an investment genius in six months. Send me $199, and I will reveal my secret.” Of course, I am not serious. Please don’t send me money. Please don’t send any, either, to other self-proclaimed “experts” who are serious about scamming you with...

Investing, Done Correctly, Has Risks But Is Not Gambling

Is investing in the stock market akin to gambling? It certainly carries a reasonable amount of risk. Yet, done correctly, investing in the market is not remotely gambling. For comparison, consider games of chance. The best one to play is Blackjack. If you play every...

Ask For Transparency, Not Just Honesty, From Financial Advisors

Transparency is a highly valued attribute that is routinely promised—and frequently undelivered. In fact, it often seems that the more loudly transparency is touted, the more opaqueness is practiced. Perhaps Shakespeare’s famous line from Hamlet, “The lady doth...

Can You Election-Proof Your Retirement Portfolio?

In two recent columns, I suggested that consuming a politically unbalanced media diet could negatively affect your long-term investment returns. The more strongly people buy into the rhetoric of their political parties, the more difficult it is to be pragmatic about...

Aligning Values And Investing Easier Said Than Done

Aligning your stated values and your spending is something I encourage as part of financial wellness. It isn’t always easy to do. For example, someone strongly concerned about climate change will likely avoid buying items like bottled water, plastic bags, aerosols,...