Personal Wealth

Good News? Bad News? No News Is Best When You Go To Invest

Okay, today, I’m taking on a subject I’ve been dancing around for a while. This is one two-step I’m tired of! So let me tell it to you straight: Most of the financial media is out to get you. Their goal is to lure you into staying tuned to their channel, website, or whatever … all day, every day. And they know just how to do it. They bait their trap with an endless stream of BREAKING NEWS.

Advanced Investing

Efficient Capital Markets Explained (At Last)

Today’s Common Sense Investing post might be more important than anything I have ever covered. In all of my posts and videos, I tell you things that spring from one of the landmark ideas in financial economics: capital market efficiency. As fundamental as market efficiency is to good financial decision-making, it is poorly understood by most investors.

Market Research

Why the smart move is to stay invested

It may be bad memories from last October coming to the surface, but I’ve been sensing more nervousness about the stock market in recent weeks. You’ll recall the markets went through a bad patch around this time in 2018, with the S&P/TSX Composite down 6.3% in October and another 5.4% in December. South of the border, the S&P 500 plunged 6.8% in October and 9% in December.

Starting Out

Is Investing Risky? Yes … and No

One of the most common perceptions about investing is that it is risky. This is easy to state, but harder to defend when you get into the details. To decide whether or not investing is risky, we first need to think about what “risk” is. Depending on what you are investing in – and what you are investing for – there are different ways to think about and measure risk.

Advanced Investing

The Rational Reminder Podcast Episode 69: Quantitative Investing: The Solution to Human Bias with Wes Gray

Today we are joined by Wesley Gray who is the CEO of Alpha Architect, a firm in the US that specializes in concentrated factor strategies. Having completed his MBA and PhD at the University of Chicago – the Harvard of the finance world – Wes is an authoritative voice when it comes to quantitative research and factor investing.

Market Research

Straight Talk on Passive Investing

Michael Burry’s words reported in a Bloomberg article caused a good deal of commotion and may even have shaken some investors’ confidence in passive funds. In my opinion, the article delivers three negative messages about index funds without offering the slightest proof. Let’s take a closer look.

Personal Wealth

What’s Your Read on Financial Literacy?

Along with reading, writing, and arithmetic, you’d think personal financial literacy would be just as core to our kids’ education. Instead, the subject rarely makes its way into the standard curriculum of grade schools or high schools. I’ve even seen postsecondary business programs pass it by.

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