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Basic Rules on Living : A Stoic Philosophy Primer

Stoiscism in 3 sentences:
1. Some things are in your power and some are not—do not confuse the two and do not desire the things that are not in your power.
2. It is our opinion of things that determines how we feel about a particular event, not the event itself.

The Uncertainty Paradox

Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is an absurd one.
—Voltaire

When Rates Go Up, Do Stocks Go Down?

Should stock investors worry about changes in interest rates?

DFA came out recently with a short paper explaining how to look at this issue. The following is courtesy of DFA.

Why Facebook is Part of the Problem

Ev Williams, co-founder of Twitter said it best: "The trouble with the internet is that it rewards extremes. Say you’re driving down the road and see a car crash. Of course you look. Everyone looks. The internet interprets behavior like this to mean everyone is asking for car crashes, so it tries to supply them"

Complaining vs. Making Money

The economist/actor Ben Stein once wrote a New York Times column 'Everybody's Business', entitled 'You can Complain, or You Can Make Money' This was back in 2006 a bit before the issue of income inequality in America was a widespread concern.

How "Living Within Your Means" Looks for Affluent Vs. The Average Family

To “live within your means” simply means to spend less on your lifestyle than you generate in earnings. Your “means” is your income. To live within that threshold, spend less than you earn.

Unlikely Ways to Die - Statistics Chart of the Week


Human nature is such that we worry most about the least-likely-to-happen events. For example, 20% + stock market crashes are much, much more common, about once every 20 years. No wonder insurance is so profitable!

What is Impact Investing?

According to the World Economic Forum, “Impact investing is an investment approach that intentionally seeks to create both financial return and positive social or environmental impact that is actively measured.”

The big question is whether you can achieve this definition of impact when investing in the stock market.

What & Why: Advanced Medical Directives

These documents should be part of everyone's Will, no matter your age.

First Quarter 2017 Market Snapshot

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