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Beware of making 20/20 hindsight moves

Beware of making 20/20 hindsight moves

Suppose someone went around telling people that he’d been certain of the Super Bowl’s outcome — that the Seattle Seahawks would roll over the Denver Broncos. With great brio, this person would tick off all of the reasons he was so confident of the rout, amounting to nothing more than a summary of what happened.… Continue Reading Beware of making 20/20 hindsight moves

Beware of making 20/20 hindsight moves

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Suppose someone went around telling people that he’d been certain of the Super Bowl’s outcome — that the Seattle Seahawks would roll over the Denver Broncos. With great brio, this person would tick off all of the reasons he was so confident of the rout, amounting to nothing more than a summary of what happened.… Continue Reading Beware of making 20/20 hindsight moves

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Achieving your goals through impact investing

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As the bull market roared in the 1990s and fortunes were made (and lost in the tech-stock crash of 2000), there came into vogue among some investors a practice known as socially responsible investing, or SRI. This type of investing had been around for decades. In the late ’90s, it became known as “investing with… Continue Reading Achieving your goals through impact investing

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Inflation is the bane of wealth accumulation. Over time, it reduces buying power. This is why people, especially retirees, are always searching for ways to keep inflation from whittling away at their money. In 1997, the U.S. government introduced a new variety of Treasury bond that was welcomed by investors as a solution to the… Continue Reading TIPS: They’re not the silver bullet to fight inflation

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Comparing the risk and return of investments

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In reading about investments, you’ve probably encountered the term “risk premium” and wondered what this nerdy-sounding financial jargon means. Well, it has vital meaning — not just for finance nerds but all investors. Underlying this term are concepts that you should apply to all of your investing decisions. Risk premium refers to the higher return… Continue Reading Comparing the risk and return of investments

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One hundred years from now, when cultural histories of this era are written, entire chapters will be devoted to the effects on society of the 24-hour news cycle and the 24/7 Internet. In the investing world, this media bandwidth has provided a forum for a generation of gurus who tell us what we should do… Continue Reading Pundits don’t have to account for missteps

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Automation gives jobs, but also takes them away

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The recession of 2007-08, and the glacially slow, still ongoing recovery since, prompt the question: When will the jobs return? The answer — that many of them won’t — is a painful one for all of us. Job creation had been ebbing for years before the recession and, in the coming years, is likely to… Continue Reading Automation gives jobs, but also takes them away

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