Investing

New Podcast: Animal Spirits

A couple of my favorite bloggers and investment professionals just dropped their first podcast. If you are a reader of my weekly mixtapes, there is no introduction needed for Michael Batnick (The Irrelevant Investor) and Ben Carlson (A Wealth of Common Sense). The Irrelevant Investor and A Wealth of Common Sense are two of the first five blogs I check…

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Investing, Vlog, Whiteboard Series

Whiteboard Series: Factor Investing

It’s no secret investment management and research is my favorite part of the execution of a financial plan. Prior to starting RL Wealth Management, I would research different strategies and read what the best money managers would write, but I was never in a position where I could use my research in my clients’ portfolios. That all changed in July…

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Blockchain and Cryptocurrency, Investing

Invest Like The Best Podcast: Hash Power

A few weeks ago I shared my introduction to Blockchain post for those interested in learning more about Bitcoin, Blockchain, and the other cryptocurrencies. I would have included Patrick O’Shaughnessy’s podcast if it had been out then; it’s such a great introduction to the subject I felt it deserved its own post. Patrick is a tremendous interviewer, and he has organized…

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Investing

Jamie Dimon Blasts Bitcoin

Maybe he’s long ETH? https://t.co/XYKsLGZd3q — Justin Castelli (@jus10castelli) September 12, 2017 Whether you are a believer in Bitcoin or not, you have to admit that it (and the other cryptocurrencies) has the attention of the people with controlling interests in the current financial system. Within a week we’ve seen China crackdown on cryptocurrencies by reportedly banning cryptocurrency exchanges and…

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Investing, Millennials

Welcome to My Blockchain Rabbit Hole…

Put a top in the cryptocurrency market; just bought $250 worth of ETH. View it as cost of education to learn more about actually owning it. — Justin Castelli (@jus10castelli) June 19, 2017 I remember first hearing about Bitcoin a few years ago–it was the infamous days of people beginning to use Bitcoin to buy trivial things like pizza. At…

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Investing, Whiteboard Series

Whiteboard Series: Market Corrections

There’s been plenty of conversation about a stock market correction in the financial media as of late, and rightfully so–it’s been awhile since we’ve had a correction, North Korea’s shenanigans, hurricanes, wild fires and D.C. are all good reasons for a market correction. In today’s episode, Leo and I talk about what a market correction is, how often they occur,…

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Investing

It’s Not (Totally) Your Fault You’re A Bad Investor

According to the famous Dalbar Study (see chart below), the average investor significantly underperforms the S&P 500, a balanced 60/40 portfolio and even a fairly conservative 40/60 portfolio. The causes for the underperformance are often self-inflicted, but well-intentioned. Nonetheless, they result in poor performance and a frustrating investment experience. My wife and I teach our boys they are responsible for…

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ESG, Investing, Millennials

ESG Investing: If Only It Were Simple

It’s been awhile since I’ve written about ESG investing–don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten about the movement. I’ve been taking my time and reading as much as I can about the investment philosophy, it’s pitfalls, and different approaches to implementing it within a diversified investment strategy. After all, the end goal of my research is to develop portfolios for my clients…

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