Investing

Why I’m Letting My CIMA® Designation Lapse

Sunk Cost Fallacy– the idea that a company or organization is more likely to continue with a project if they have already invested a lot money, time, or effort in it, even when continuing is not the best thing to do. AKA Throwing good money after bad. -Cambridge Dictionary In March 2013 I earned my Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA®)…

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Inside ETFs 2019 Recap

It’s Friday night, and I’m finally sitting down to write a recap of my time at the Inside ETFs Conference–it’s been a busy couple of days catching up. Earlier this week I spent a few days in Hollywood, Florida with some of the best and brightest in the business. It never ceases to amaze me the quality of people in…

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Captain Jack

We all have our own stories of how John Bogle impacted our investment beliefs, careers, and lives. As I read all of the tributes, some of which I’ve included below, I realized I was robbed of the opportunity to get to know Bogle early in my career because of the limitations on the investments I could use by my employers–Vanguard…

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And The Pendulum Swings

December 24th, 2018: Dow ends down 651.27 “Worse Christmas Eve In History” December 26th, 2018: Dow ends up 1,086.25 “Biggest Single-Day Point Gain In History” Dow up 1,000 points?!? Trade war over? Everyone cool with the Fed now? Political landscape no longer a dumpster fire? Oh, nothing substantial has changed since Christmas Eve? Hmmm… — Justin Castelli (@jus10castelli) December 26, 2018…

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Financial Planning, Investing

Why Financial Advisors Love Data

Have you ever wondered why financial advisors quote statistics, charts, and graphs? The data contained in statistics, charts, and graphs used by advisors often backs up the plans created for our clients; it provides the evidence needed to help clients (or readers) stay in the game when emotions begin to cloud their decisions. Be careful though, the data can also…

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Josh Brown and Michael Batnick: “Bear Markets Suck”

“Bear markets happen because people are selling their stocks.” -Michael Batnick For good reason, there has been a lot of focus on the markets the last couple of weeks; volatility has picked up, larger sell-offs have been seen, beloved companies have been hammered, and the gains for the year have been erased in the U.S. markets in a short period…

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Chase’s New Trading App: Gift or Curse?

“Financial planning in the absence of an investment strategy designed to implement the plan is a f***ing fortune cookie. An investment portfolio absent the dictates of the goals from a financial plan is like building a house without a blueprint. Neither or these things is worth much without the other. But delivered in concert, they are essential and worthy of…

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Barry Ritholtz’s MIB With Dave Butler

One of the easiest decisions I made when starting my firm was to begin using Dimensional Funds Advisors (DFA) in my client portfolios. I’ll never forget my trip to Santa Monica for the final component of the due diligence process and hearing Dave Butler speak. He was the first presenter of the first day, and he is the individual who “sold”…

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Ben Carlson Might Be Having The Best Week Ever!

A Wealth Of Common Sense has been one of my go-to blogs each morning for more than a few years now; Ben Carlson is a tremendous writer and is able to explain important financial concepts in a way that is easy for everyone to understand. If you are a regular reader you already know this because he is a staple…

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