Author Archives: Chris Karcher

On Prognostication

|We tend to brag about our most recent brilliant investment while conveniently forgetting our more frequent whiffs.| Chapter eleven from the first book of essays by Michel de Montaigne serves as a welcome reminder that some truths are beyond debate. … Continue reading

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When is a profit or a loss not really either one?

  |Successful investing is almost always a result of critical thinking and patience. When you decide to purchase any financial investment the reasons you would sell are just as important as why you are buying.| An unfortunately common story heard … Continue reading

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What is your portfolio’s credit score?

|The analogy of keeping credit risk low coupled with the value of dividends as a potential income stream suggest it is possible to move the odds, as much as possible, in your favor with some thoughtful analysis…. or put another … Continue reading

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Finance is a Brain

|An interesting quote from The Economist: “Finance is a brain for matching labour to capital, for allowing savers and borrowers to defer consumption or bring it forward, for enabling people to share, and trade, risk.”| For most of us, the … Continue reading

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Sell in May

|A market pullback is likely, maybe even inevitable, but market timing is a dangerous game.| With lots of anecdotal evidence suggesting caution when betting on the equities markets these days, maybe we shouldn’t be. An oft-discussed subject in what passes … Continue reading

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Skeletons Walk Where Questions Begin

|“Avoid the unforced error, nail the basics and don’t take outsized risks” might be the best advice the individual investor can follow.| An often-underestimated influence on equity and bond markets is the heavy hand of luck. Frankly, you can do … Continue reading

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Investment Advice Through the Ages

The pursuit of wealth (and then figuring out how to keep it when successful) has a long history. The wide-ranging insights below are offered without commentary. However, where additional context is available a good source has been recommended on the … Continue reading

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The World in 2019

|Don’t let hubris or fear keep you from considering participation, even in a small way, in the world economy.| It is a fact that the U.S. now accounts for only 40% of the world’s stock market capitalization. Yet a look … Continue reading

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By the Book

The investment books most likely to improve one’s abilities to invest successfully will not be the ones providing recommendations of what stocks to buy, and right now. Nor will a book simply offering models of fund-centric portfolios based on the … Continue reading

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Who Are You?

|“All card playing is not gambling, all stock purchases are not investing…”|  – Jim Paul, What I Learned Losing a Million Dollars What the heck is an investment plan? Open a brokerage account or interview a financial planner and you … Continue reading

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