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May 02

Behavioral Bias A to Z: Conclusion

We’ll end today where we started, with our original premise:  Behavioral bias in finance can have disastrous and costly consequences. Knowing ourselves and having an outside advisor can be essential to seeing through your biases.

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Apr 23

Doing Well and Doing Good?

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Apr 17

Behavioral Biases from A to Z: Sunk Cost Fallacy and Tracking Error Regret

Have you ever noticed that something you put a lot of time and effort to acquire feels more valuable than something that came easily to you? Maybe you’ve been stuck in traffic and experienced a twinge of envy when comparing your car to a high-end...

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Apr 10

Behavioral Biases from A to Z: Overconfidence through Recency

So far, we’ve discussed several biases that may influence your investment decisions and get in the way of reaching your financial goals. The nature of biases keeps us “in the dark” – we don’t think about them. Today we are going to shed some...

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Mar 27

The Fed and You: How Federal Reserve Activity Can Affect Personal Investments

After nearly a decade without a move, the U.S. Federal Reserve (a.k.a., the Fed) raised the federal funds rate by 0.25 percent in December 2015. This could be considered a historic moment because it was the first rate increase since 2006. The Fed...

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Mar 22

Home Bias and Global Diversification

By pursuing a globally diversified approach to investing, one doesn’t have to attempt to pick winners to achieve a rewarding investment experience.

Every day we enjoy the benefits of an interconnected world. We might start our day with a cup of...

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Mar 14

The ABCs of Behavioral Bias: Part Two

It’s not hard to create an alphabetical list of financial behavioral biases, there are so many of them to speak of. Today, we’ll go on with our discussion of the more significant ones with:  hindsight, loss aversion, mental accounting, and...

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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

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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