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All of the following terms point to the same general theme – that our investment decisions are often not based on reason or data but on irrational behavior based on what everyone else is doing: “Market Selloff” “Panic Selling” “Herd Behavior” “Madness of Crowds” The psychology behind our investment decisions points to the #1 problem...
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I’ve sounded the alarm on inflation for months. Back in July, inflation had increased at its highest rate in 13 years. Then on Wednesday, the Dow dropped 200 points on news that inflation had jumped by the highest rate in 30 years. ​​Economists and policymakers have been trying to downplay inflation for months – assuring the...
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Look up the term middle class in the dictionary, and somewhere in there, I’m sure you’ll find the word average. By far the most prominent economic class, the middle class represents everything average. Its members have average jobs paying roughly $79,900 a year, an average home valued at around $269,039, take an average of 15...
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Anxiety makes for big business. Everyone from therapists to pharmaceutical companies to Wall Street all prey on your insecurities and anxiety to make big bucks from the millions of people who suffer from anxiety at all levels. The world of investing is especially focused on tapping into your insecurities and anxiety. Daily and hourly, you can...
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We’ve all seen one or more variations of the stages of wealth and how to attain the highest level from one or more financial websites, pundits, or gurus. Most of these lists have “Financial Abundance” at the top. Joshua Sheats, the host of the popular finance podcast Radical Personal Finance, describes seven stages of wealth with Financial...
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What is a black swan? ​​In the world of finance, a black swan is an unpredictable event that is beyond what is normally expected of a situation and has potentially severe consequences. The 2008 Financial Crisis is the most recent black swan event. Black swans wreak the most havoc and devastation when people least expect it. If...
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Why commercial real estate (CRE)? Why not CRE? I will eliminate all investor excuses for not investing in CRE by laying out all the benefits they could be missing out on by not investing in CRE: Multiple Streams of Income. With stocks, you have one hope of making money – appreciation. You rely on your...
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In his book, Whatever You Think, Think The Opposite, author Paul Arden touts the value of acting against our impulses and instincts. Acting on instincts and doing what’s safe is what everyone does. If you always do what’s safe, you will always be average. Arden proposes that if you want to set yourself apart from the...
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For our parents and grandparents, retiring early from their jobs usually only happened by force and not by choice, either because of disability or an early buyout. These types of early retirements are never ideal because it doesn’t mean you’re prepared financially; it just means you no longer have a job to go to. For...
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Investing In Trends And Not Fads Why do people invest in fads… Because they’re exciting, sexy, and everyone’s talking about them. Psychology has a lot to do with investor fervor for the latest fads. This is nowhere more apparent than in tech, where the latest product can find life – albeit for a short time –...
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