investing

Taming The Bear: Making Sense of the 2022 Downturn

After an abnormally calm 2021, which saw stock markets reach all-time highs, the major stock indices are sharply lower in 2022. Volatility has returned to the market as concerns over interest-rate tightening, inflation, supply shocks, economic growth, and geopolitical events have dampened last year’s market exuberance. […]

Fortune Favors the Disciplined

After seeing markets close at or near an all-time high in late 2021, 2022 is off to a rough start. Interest rates are set to rise, inflation has been more persistent than initially forecast, Omicron put a damper on the holiday season, new geopolitical risks are looming, and Washington’s Covid stimulus measures appear to be [...]

What Does Gamestop Teach Us About Investing?

The short answer is not much. The more nuanced answer is that it shows what happens when too many people pile into the stocks of small, thinly-traded stocks (i.e., low daily volume traded). Too much demand relative to supply pushed the prices of stocks like Gamestop far beyond what their underlying fundamentals warranted. […]

Coronavirus and Your Portfolio

As news of the coronavirus stokes fear and uncertainty on a variety of fronts, it is only natural to wonder if you should do something to your portfolio to account for the news. In most cases, the answer is a resounding NO! Here’s why. […]

What to Do When the Going Gets Rough

October has been a tough month for stocks, with many indices down almost 10% in the past month and some of the high-flying tech stocks down 20%. With the recent activity in the stock market, it seems a prudent time to review some evidence-based tenets of wise investing. […]

Sustainable Investing: The GPS of Investing

With the rise of Big Data and increases in computing power, analyzing more data has become feasible in a variety of fields. It has impacted investing through the rising popularity of sustainable investing. Almost $9T is invested in sustainable investments in the US as of 12/31/16, up 33% in just two years. […]

Raising the Next Warren Buffett

As my kids have grown, I’ve tried to teach them important money concepts along the way. After all, the Council for Economic Education reported in its 2018 Survey of the States that only 16 states require any economics course work during K-12, and only seven states require students to take courses in personal finance. So, it’s up to us parents [...]

Financially Empowered Women

In honor of International Women’s Day (March 8th), it seemed appropriate to write about how women can become more financially empowered. For various reasons, including longer life expectancies, women are more likely than men to be on their own at least once during their life. Yet many women aren’t comfortable managing their personal finances and often defer to the men [...]

Bitcoin: Bubble or Brilliant?

Fortunately, I haven’t received too many questions from clients about bitcoin and crypto-currencies, but it is a very popular topic these days and I’ve heard it brought up many times in various forums. I thought I’d share my thoughts on the topic, so you can be better prepared to respond to those people who might be [...]

Can We Afford a Vacation Home in Tahoe?

Every summer when I spend a week or two in Tahoe for vacation with my family, I fantasize about owning a cabin there. This summer, I decided to analyze what it would actually take to make this dream a reality. […]