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Eliminating all biases when investing is nearly impossible. Financial markets are a prime example of the way human biases can manifest at either end of a spectrum of emotions: This is the core of behavioral finance, where the study of economics and psychology intersect. People don’t always make rational decisions when it comes to money.
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With interest rates rising and volatility up in the markets, however, investors may be shifting away from pure indexing toward more active management of investment risk. “It’s about downside protection,” said Ryan Sullivan, a vice president of global ETF services at Brown Brothers Harriman. Sullivan helps fund companies to design and administer their products. “There
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Some financial experts are not bullish on cryptocurrency as an investment. They wonder: Is it really the next big thing, or will it run its course? In fact, they urge clients not to waste their hard-earned money on bitcoin. And what about blockchain, the technology behind bitcoin? Right now a variety of companies are trying
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The next step is for them to work with an advisor whose experience, business model, training and education allow clients to believe absolutely in their advisors’ objectivity and professionalism in managing their portfolios, he added. “There is no behavior that is irrational around investing when we understand [clients’] underlying thoughts and beliefs,” said Rick Kahler,
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Preparing the next generation for leadership includes guidance on managing resources and wealth. This lesson is gender neutral despite the gender-specific reference made by King T’Chaka. In another poignant scene T’Challa’s mother, Queen Ramonda, also affirmed the parental and community influence in grooming T’Challa for his ascension to the throne. The state of affairs for
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Americans have more than doubled their spending on so-called “drunk shopping”— or making purchases under the influence of alcohol — say researchers at personal finance comparison website Finder.com. According to the site’s 2018 survey, U.S. drinkers now spend an average $447.57 per person a year while blitzed, up from $206 a person last year, totaling
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However, for many people with hefty state and local tax bills, the new federal tax law gives municipal bonds some appeal. The new law caps the state and local tax deduction that can be claimed on federal returns at $10,000. For many households, that cap will outweigh any potential benefits from other changes in the
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Amid the latest stock market volatility, a renewed interest in diversification and rising inflation are putting more focus on commodities. After being regarded as moribund in recent years, the category, led by precious metals, delivered positive returns in 2017 for the second straight year in a row, as measured by the broad Bloomberg Commodity Index.
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The agency next issued a warning to taxpayers on Feb. 13 after reports of the incidents ”mushroomed” from a few hundred potential victims nationwide to thousands, said Terry Lemons, an agency spokesman. ”This one is really worrisome to us,” Mr. Lemons said. ”Scammers are getting a government deposit into your account.” In the past few
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As we move farther and farther down the road toward a cashless society, consumers can use credit cards to pay for nearly everything, everywhere these days. But just because you can doesn’t mean you necessarily should, warns credit reporting agency Experian. Outstanding card debt has now hit its highest point ever, surpassing $1 trillion in
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