Category Archives: Investing

Procrastination Has Its Price

April is the cruelest month, keeping me inside doing taxes while I stare jealously at my friends’ Strava feeds detailing their adventures and the miles they’ve ridden. April is also the month that many inflict cruelty upon their future selves … Continue reading

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Jeopardy and Understanding Your Goals

On April 9, 2019 James Holzhauer broke the figurative bank on Jeopardy by winning $110,914 in one day. The previous one day record was $77,000. James did it by going after high value clues first, by seeking out the Daily … Continue reading

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Finance Is a Language

He walked quietly into the lecture room, tall, thin and pale. His suit hung loosely off his frame. He spoke softly: “This is 15.439, Problems in Finance. There is a list of 50 problems for this course. If we do … Continue reading

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Hitting ‘Em Where They Ain’t

 “Keep your eye on the ball and hit ‘em where they ain’t”                                                          … Continue reading

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Portfolio Management: Cooking With Hamburger Helper

Betty Crocker introduced Hamburger Helper in 1971. You took chopped meat and mixed it with what, in essence, was filler to complete the meal. Much of active management works the same way.
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Diversify When the Upside Is Limited

While having lunch with a client recently, I asked about his attitude towards risk.  His half-joking response was that he would like high returns with no risk. I’ve heard similar sentiments echoed many times down the years. We all want … Continue reading

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Baseball and Stocks: Games of Failure

Remember that the best hitter in baseball this year will fail 65 percent of the time. — George Will Mookie Betts hit .346 in 2018, failing 65.4% of the time.  Mr. Betts reached base more often than his batting average … Continue reading

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Markets Fluctuate

“Markets fluctuate.” That was the entire comment by Ace Greenberg, the CEO of Bear Stearns, in a special issue of Institutional Investor magazine dedicated to opinions from the great and the good regarding the causes and consequences of October 1987’s … Continue reading

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Incentives Matter

We’ve had a Toyota RAV4 for over eight years now. It’s been great because it’s reliable and can hold a ton of stuff with the seats down. However, every once in a while we receive a recall notice from Toyota, … Continue reading

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Home Is For Your Heart, Not Your Portfolio

A number of years ago I took over a portfolio that held corporate bonds from both developed and emerging markets. As I looked through the holdings a name popped out at me, Ipiranga. I turned to my credit analyst and … Continue reading

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