As we see 2019 out and enter a new decade, we thought it only fitting to do a round-up of some of our shows this year. While we had 26 guests throughout the year, we chose 14 that best captured the sensible investing and education-focused spirit of our show. Some of the guests we have included on this special episode include Rob Carrick, from The Global Mail and leading authority on Canadian personal finance, Alexandra McQueen, a teacher at York University, who offers an explanation on the difference between financial economics and financial planning and Jonathan Clements, who explains why the hardest part of investing is keeping it simple. We also share clips about nipping overconfidence in the bud with Daniel Crosby and the next grand challenge of investing with Dave Nadig. This is just a snapshot of some of the incredibly generous people who have joined us this year. We hope that this show has contributed in some way to educating and helping investors make informed decisions and we are excited for what’s on the horizon. Happy New Year from all of us here at The Rational Reminder!


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Key Points From This Episode:

  • Rob Carrick’s insights into whether Canadians have a good relationship with money. [0:04:02.0]
  • Dr. Moira Somers’ tips on lifestyle changes to decrease financial stress. [0:07:51.3]
  • Why ‘debunking the nonsense’ of financial advice is so important to Barry Ritholz. [0:10:23.0]
  • The difference between financial economics and financial planning. [0:13:10.0]
  • Discover the importance of having a clear belief system when it comes to investing. [0:16:51.0]
  • Criteria other than performance to use to choose a quant fund according to Wes Gray. [0:19:47.0]
  • Why the most difficult part of investing is trusting in simplicity. [0:23:14.0]
  • Learn what has surprised David Butler the most about working with academics. [0:28:56.0]
  • Ben explaining discount rates and factors to his mom. [0:31:58.0]
  • All factors will underperform at some stage so embracing volatility is key. [0:40:14.0]
  • What Jill Schlesinger has found the most common investment blind spots to be. [0:42:54.0]
  • A look at what adverse selection means and how it applies to DIY investors. [0:44:40.0]
  • Find out why Daniel Crosby calls overconfidence the ‘granddaddy’ of investment biases.[0:46:17.0]
  • Even though investing is ‘solved,’ that does not mean people are good investors. [0:44:40.0]



“People are spending too much, they’re not saving enough and they know it but they don’t know how to get out of it.” — @rcarrick [0:04:59]

“Financial economics is a branch of finance which looks at the efficient to allocation of resources under conditions of uncertainty.” —  @MoneyGal  [0:13:09]

“If you have more confidence, you will be a better investor.” — @CameronPassmore [0:18:55]

“We are hardwired to believe that the harder we work, the more clever we are, the better our results are going to be and it’s simply isn’t the case.” —  @ClementsMoney [0:23:19]

“The shorter your horizon the more important the diversification it becomes.” —  @larryswedroe [0:41:58]

“Human beings sadly tend to let emotions guide a lot of our decisions and that’s why we feel better putting money into our retirement accounts when markets are trading higher.” —  @larryswedroe [0:43:37]

“Overconfidence is the bias that begets all other biases.” —  @danielcrosby [0:46:24]

“The real grand challenge is human beings and how we interact with money and how we plan for a lifetime.” —  @DaveNadig [0:52:47]


Links From Today’s Episode:

Rational Reminder Website — 

Rob Carrick —

Rob Carrick on Twitter —

The Globe and Mail

Dr. Moira Somers —

Barry Ritholz —

Barry Ritholz on Twitter —

Alexandra McQueen on LinkedIn —

Alexandra McQueen on Twitter —

Ted Seides on LinkedIn —

Ted Seides on Twitter —

Capital Allocators Podcast —

David Swensen —

Wes Gray on LinkedIn —

Wes Gray on Twitter —

Alpha Architect —

Jonathan Clements on Twitter —

The Wall Street Journal —

The Humble Dollar —

David Blitzer —

Standard and Poor’s —

Dimensional Fund Advisors —

David Butler —

Merton Miller —

Larry Swedroe on Twitter —

Buckingham Asset Management —

Your Complete Guide to Factor Based Investing

Jill Schlesinger —

Jill Schlesinger on Twitter —

Dr. Daniel Crosby —

Dr. Daniel Crosby on Twitter —

Brinker Capital —

Dave Nadig on Twitter —

Jim Simons —

Dick Thaler on Twitter —


Download the transcript of this episode here: Rational Reminder Podcast – EP. 78 – Transcript