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The Indestructible Power of the “Slow and Steady” Approach

Over the weekend, my wife and I hung out with some of our neighbors in a “socially-distant” outdoor picnic in our backyard. We were spread out in our clusters–four different couples–and we had a nice time talking (with some food and drink) over several hours. This was the first time in almost three months my […]

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The Return of the Return of the Daily Blogger

It’s June 1st, 2020, and I’m ba-ba-ba-back, baby! I blogged every day in April and decided to take May off. The allure of the daily blog called to me, though, and by the middle of May, I was already planning on returning for June. This is not the first time I have re-started up my […]

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Templeton and the Test of One’s Investing Mettle

“The time of maximum pessimism is the best time to buy, and the time of maximum optimism is the best time to sell.”–Sir John Templeton Last summer I was curious to learn more about world-renowned investor Sir John Templeton. I wanted to read a biography like I did for Warren Buffett, but finding none that […]

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The Only Thing We Have to Fear…

In his excellent book “Your Money and Your Brain,” Jason Zweig writes with extensively-researched detail about the ways that strong human emotions (such as fear, greed, regret, and surprise) can distort our perceptions and lead people people to take actions that may not serve their long-term best interest. While his book deals primarily with how […]

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“The Four Pillars of Investing”: An Uncannily Well-Timed Read

Early in the year–way back in the pre-pandemic days of January and early February–I read William Bernstein’s “The Four Pillars of Investing.” This book was a lively, well-written, and enjoyable read. I got much great investing insight from it, and envisioned writing a blog post about it. With the recent market crash–where prices dropped 30% […]

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The Simple Contrarian Beauty of Rebalancing

Hello! Today is the 15th of January, and it is my first post of 2020. I didn’t exactly plan not to blog until now, but to be honest, I didn’t have the mental bandwidth to concentrate on blogging until today (too much else going on). Also, I didn’t exactly have a 2020 blogging plan in […]

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The 2010s: (My) Decade in Review

Well, here we are, a few days away from the end of the 2010s! Soon, it will be but a memory, like all decades before it. This decade was quite significant for me personally, as I went from an unmarried guy playing retirement home piano shows in the Bay Area and dreaming lofty dreams of […]

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This is Why We Invest in Stocks

I just finished re-reading Burton Malkiel’s investing classic, “A Random Walk Down Wall Street.” As I wrote the other day, Malkiel espouses the virtues of the Index Fund as a vehicle for ordinary investors to “get rich slowly” (Note: nowadays this seems to be a common mantra in personal finance circles, but Malkiel seems to […]

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The Gospel of the Index Fund

Having been an investor for over four and a half years now, I suppose I may not be exactly a “newbie” anymore. However, that hardly makes me an expert either, and I continually aim to deepen my understanding of the world of investing. The more that I learn, the better of an investor I feel […]

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Day 393: Back in the Cave with the Approval-Seeking Dragon

A few days ago I wrote some thoughts prompted by a passage from Wayne Dyer’s “Erroneous Zones.” I decided to do a similar thing tonight 🙂 This passage deals with how children are trained in school to seek other people’s approval, rather than approving of themselves: Approval-Seeking Messages from School When you left home and […]