Atlas Insights Blog

Mar 07

Mind over Model

Checking the weather? Guess what—you’re using a model. While models can be useful for gaining insights that can help us make good decisions, they are inherently incomplete simplifications of reality.

In investing, factor models have been a...

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Feb 28

The ABCs of Behavioral Bias: Part One

Welcome to your first installment of the “ABCs of Behavioral Biases.” Let’s start by looking at four self-inflicted biases: anchoring, blind spot, confirmation, and familiarity bias.

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Feb 20

The Road Beyond: What to Do First When Grief is Fresh

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” -Laozi

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Feb 20

How Should You React to Recent Market Volatility?

After a period of relative calm in the markets, in recent days the increase in volatility in the stock market has resulted in renewed anxiety for many investors.

From February 1–5, the US market (as measured by the Russell 3000 Index) fell almost...

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Feb 13

How to Know Yourself as an Investor: Behavioral Bias in Finance

The phrase “know thyself” has been around for centuries because it still rings true. Self-knowledge is a goal in every philosophy and religion in history, vital to every area of life, and finance is no exception.  Our instinct, our gut, leads us...

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Feb 06

See The Current Market Decline in Context

If we’ve been doing our job as your fiduciary advisor, you might already be able to guess what our take is on current market news: Unless your personal goals have changed, stay the course according to your personal plan.

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Jan 30

New Market Highs and Positive Expected Returns

There has been much discussion in the news recently about new nominal highs in stock indices like the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500.

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Jan 19

Your Lessons for the Next Crisis

We've recently passed the 10-year anniversary of when the S&P 500 Index hit what was its highest point, in early October 2007, before losing more than half its value over the next year and a half during the global financial crisis.

Consequently,...

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Jan 18

The Sandwich Generation: Wrapping Up

Life in the sandwich generation comes with its fair share of challenges and rewards. We began by discussing the difficulties of caring for your aging parents and then moved on to how you can help your adult children make their transition to...

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Jan 17

As Goes January, So Goes the Year?

As investors ring in the new year, some may see the occasional headline about the “January Indicator” or “January Barometer.”

This theory suggests that the price movement of the S&P 500 during the month of January may signal whether that index...

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