August 2017

Reset button

I started writing this article while taking an overnight train from Seattle to San Francisco and looking out the window as we passed through a gorgeous national forest. Now, I say “started” because about 10 minutes into the process I got so nauseous from staring at the screen on a moving train that I had to abandon that whole idea… but that’s beside the point. The train ride was pretty fantastic and it was part of a week-long trip that took me to a number of new towns (thousands of miles from home), with a number of old friends, and, most importantly, well outside of my normal daily routine.

It was the lack of a routine that got me thinking

Humans, like many animals (I assume…I’m not a scientist), are creatures of habit. Once we’ve done something a certain way more than a few times, our brain actually starts to rewire itself and create fairly automatic routines. The next time we encounter the same situation, our brain will run through that routine with much less thought or attention. Continue reading Hit the Reset Button

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Dolla, Dolla Bills

I recently saw a question posted on Facebook about investing. The gist was: people recommend putting money into the stock market and letting it ride for the long term, but what happens if you invest (specifically in an index fund) and then there’s such a big crash that you lose all of the money because you hadn’t invested much?

For readers that are experienced investors this may just seem like a beginner’s misunderstanding, (which, sure, it is) but it also underlines a very common problem that even experienced investors have in how they think about their portfolio. So, let’s talk about both!

Continue reading Shares, not Dollars

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