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It’s OK – We’ve Been Here Before

October 29, 2018In fact, it’s a good thing. Really. How can a down market be good? Well, without down markets, we would not have much of an up market. Stocks have averaged about 10% forever. And that’s more than cash, bonds, commodities, CDs, gold and other metals, annuities, currencies, collectibles, and just about anything else. But for that long-term reward, we must absolutely experience some short-term suffering. They are inextricably related. Anything said to the contrary is either a sales pitch or a lie. And all the evidence tells us that attempting to maneuver around times like this will likely result in ... Read More

Frequently “Oaked” Questions

September 26, 2018You Asked, So We’ll Answer Introducing our new segment, FOQs, where we’ll answer some of the most common questions we’ve been getting in the last couple months or so, from clients, friends, family, or anyone curious enough to ask. As usual, we’ll be straightforward, transparent and blunt. It’s the only way you’ll get the info you need to become a great investor, or remain as one. Each question will have a short, one-word to one-sentence answer, for those of you in a time crunch, and a long answer for a bit more insight. Here we go! FOQ: The news says ... Read More

What Is Risk, Really?

August 29, 2018It Comes From Within   The boring, formal and – frankly – useless answer to the question: Risk is the probability or likelihood of occurrence of losses relative to the expected return on any particular investment blah, blah, blah…who cares? Wake us when it’s over. Sure, we care about risk. After all, it’s one-third of any investment, along with cost and return. But that definition doesn’t get to the heart of the issue. Every day there’s a probability that we lose money that day. But no one’s panicking over that. Until, in the midst of our busy lives, that probability ... Read More

The IRS Never Calls First

July 30, 2018And other ways to keep your money safe…   Last Monday, Bill’s cell phone rings, and he picks up… Recording (with our commentary): “This call is officially a final notice from IRS (not “the” IRS?), Internal Revenue Service. The reason of this call is to inform you that IRS (again) is filling (not filing? maybe it was the accent) a lawsuit on your name because you have tried to do a fraud (someone skipped grammar class in 4th grade) with the IRS and we are taking a legal action, and we are issuing an arrest warrant on your name (a ... Read More

The Holy Grail

The Holy Grail is understanding what determines expected return. Leveraging quality proven data is key.

A Foundation Built on Great Ideas

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