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You Can’t Get Outperformance Without Underperformance

2021 – 05/28 by Tim Maurer, CFP® Nobody minds market volatility when it’s in the upward direction. But recently we’ve gotten plenty of the type of volatility that we don’t like so much as investors, the kind that inspires headlines with words like “plunge” and that end with exclamation points. It presents an opportunity, therefore,…

Don’t Let the Perfect Be the Enemy of the Comfortable

2021 – 05/20 by Doug Buchan One of my favorite Warren Buffett quips reads, “The most important quality for an investor is temperament, not intellect.” Not a greater example of this exists than in the introduction of Morgan Housel’s fabulous book, “The Psychology of Money.” In a nutshell, he describes two individuals. One is a…

Should You Invest When the Market is High?

2021 – 04/12 by Kent Schmidgall, Wealth Advisor Concerns about market downturns certainly come as no surprise. After all, steep corrections and crashes can be disconcerting for even the most steely and disciplined investors. What has been surprising to me, however, is the number of inquiries I have received over the years raising concerns about…

Semantic Satiation in Investing

2021 – 04/09 by Zach Novak, CFP Semantic satiation is a psychological phenomenon in which repetition causes a word or phrase to temporarily lose meaning for the listener, who then perceives the speech as repeated, meaningless sounds. Let’s make a quick example using the word “bowl.” If you say “bowl” one time aloud, there’s going…

Fixed Income’s Place in Your Portfolio

2020 – 11/03 by Connie Brezik For many years, we have experienced historically low interest rates, and expectations are that the Federal Reserve will maintain is near-zero rate policy through the end of 2022 or until it sees inflation rise. This means that your investments in fixed income securities, such as cash, certificates of deposit…

Optical Illusions in Investing

October 12, 2020 (Zach Novak) Do you remember “The Dress”? From way back in 2015? Sure, hundreds of internet sensations memorable for one reason or another have gone viral over the years, but this one made a splash by any standard. Is the dress white and gold? Or is it really black and blue? Debate…

Benefits of Rebalancing

Connie Brezik, 8/27/2020 Diversifying your investment portfolio means putting together a mix of stocks, bonds and other investments with your financial goals, time horizon and risk tolerance in mind. Your mix is called your asset allocation. The idea behind diversification is that, overall, owning different kinds of investments should earn you higher returns with less…

Minimize Regret Over Maximizing Returns

Doug Buchan, 6/29/2020 “Maximizing returns” is a phrase that you’ll hear bandied about ad nauseam on both Wall Street and Main Street. As in, “My goal is to maximize my returns.” Is it though? Is that really the goal? Bronnie Ware would beg to differ. More on her in a moment. Personally, I can’t remember coming across…

The Market Volatility Survival Tool: True Grit

Tim Maurer, Director of Advisor Development, 3/26/2020 Is recent stock market volatility bugging you? Do you wince with every headline announcing the expansion of quarantines, knowing the market will likely panic? Do you sneak a peak at your portfolio’s performance more than quarterly (or perhaps even annually)? Does market volatility tempt you to question your investment…

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