Weekend Reading | Saturday, July 20, 2024
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by Nicole
3d ago
Featured Articles: Good Writing From Around The Web If You Want to Develop Self-Worth, Do Things That Give You Self-Worth Developing self-worth requires undertaking small worthy projects. Here are a few ideas… America’s Startup Boom is Still Going Strong. Here’s What it Means for the Economy This is an impressive statistic — the pandemic start-up boom continues to persist. Ranked: The Most Innovative Countries in 2023 When it comes to innovation, the US is still near the top of the chart. But Did You Die? Kinda sums it up for Gen X! When Rebalancing Creates Higher Returns—and When It Doesn ..read more
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Introducing Dana: The Practice of Generosity in Buddhism (PART 1)
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by Nicole
5d ago
When I offered my first meditation class, I stated clearly that it was “free.” During my review after the fact, my mentor explained to me – in no uncertain terms – that I should not offer free meditation classes because: It misses the opportunity to help students develop generosity and compassion, and It hurts other meditation teachers who aren’t in the same financial position I am in. Going forward, my meditation classes (and possibly more of Mindful Money digital educational courses) will be offered on a “Dana” basis. What is “Dana?” Dana, a foundational principle in Buddhism, translates t ..read more
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Weekend Reading | Saturday, July 13, 2024
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by Nicole
1w ago
Featured Articles: Good Writing From Around The Web Gallup’s 2024 Global Emotions Report Are things finally looking up?? How To Think About Group Differences When we are thinking about group differences, we actually need to be specific and check our assumptions. Models suggest little about individual circumstances. No Hard Feelings This (sadness, anger, fear, anxiety, etc.) also belongs. Intellectual Courage as the Scarcest Resource How do you stand against the prevailing wisdom before it is too late? All in One Place Simpler is, almost always, better. __________________ Whatever your ag ..read more
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Weekend Reading | Saturday, July 6, 2024
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by Nicole
2w ago
Featured Articles: Good Writing From Around The Web Happy 4th of July: Ross Douthat on X Maybe all the disagreement and what seems like intentional misunderstanding is a sign that it’s working??? I hope Ross (@DouthatNYT) is right! Five Practices for a Healthier Emotional Life We all experience both darkness and light… we integrate these experiences or we push back against them. Pushing back creates suffering. Here are 5 paths towards integration. Europe is Healthier than US Is a culture so ideologically committed to individual freedom also doomed to loneliness? Making New Friends Can Be Ha ..read more
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Mid-Year Subscriber Letter
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by Nicole
2w ago
For the last decade (or so), I have written both an annual and a mid-year letter to our readers. In the beginning, it was intended for our clients, but today we have over 2500 readers (fewer than 10% of which are clients). I’m happy to share my goal-focused, planning-driven, long-term equity philosophy as broadly as possible and I sincerely appreciate our readers’ continued attention. If you know someone who could benefit from a better investment process or a steadier hand on the investing wheel, please forward this newsletter to them and suggest that they subscribe. Thank you. Every one of th ..read more
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Weekend Reading | Saturday, June 29, 2024
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by Nicole
3w ago
Featured Articles: Good Writing From Around The Web Business Ethics Is the narrative that the profit-motive and all the people and businesses who pursue profit are bad fare? The “Self-Diagnosed” Generation We know that rumination (obsessing over our anxieties) makes it worse, yet that seems to be what social media rewards most. Have we gone to far? How Not to Be Fooled By Viral Charts How do you tell when the liars are figuring or the figures lie? What Happened to Patriotism in America? What would it take to unwind the trends of the last 30 years? Start by being a better friend and, maybe ..read more
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Weekend Reading | Saturday, June 22, 2024
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by Nicole
1M ago
Featured Articles: Good Writing From Around The Web The Power of Awareness: An Interview with Rock Climber Francis Sanzaro In markets, in rock climbing, in life… mindfulness can be the difference maker. Lazy Work, Good Work The best work doesn’t look like work; the busiest person isn’t doing the best work. 5 Critical Skills They Didn’t Teach You in College These are the new “soft skills” that every student should have. The Summer Edit: Best Summer Cocktails for 2024 Summer’s here. Time to refresh the cocktail list. Private Equity May Not Be the Diversifier We Think (Due to Volatility Laund ..read more
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Weekend Reading | Saturday, June 15, 2024
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by Nicole
1M ago
Featured Articles: Good Writing From Around The Web The Natural Selection of Bad Vibes (Part 1) How do we know if things are good or bad? Why We Get Bored of the Best Things in Life—and How to Fight It How the amazing becomes the normal becomes the not-good-enough. How Many of Our “Facts” About Society, Health, and the Economy Are Fake? One wonders what exactly can be believed anymore? 91 Kitchen Tricks and Tips From Our Test Kitchen My resolutions in 2024 – read more poetry; cook more. I’ve been reading poetry 5 nights/week and, ramping up to cooking, I found these super helpful. What Rot ..read more
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Getting the Most from Your Financial Advisor: Ensuring Full Value for Your Investment
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by Nicole
1M ago
If you spend a little time on Mindful Money, you might get the sense that I recommend against hiring a financial advisor. And, while it is true in many cases, such as: When the planning needs are simple When it’s only an issue of managing investments When the lifetime costs would be substantial relative to the benefit It isn’t always true. The financial press covers the daily gyrations of economies, markets, and individual investments in a way that makes the gyrations seem important or meaningful – THEY ARE NOT. And the financial services world comes up with plots and schemes to make persona ..read more
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What Does it Mean When Someone Says Markets are TOO High?
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by Nicole
1M ago
I talk a lot about the idea that stock prices follow earnings. This is what that looks like over 30 years: At the same time, whenever the stock market is bouncing around near all-time highs (as it is today), I start to get questions about the market getting “too high.” So… are today’s stock prices too high? No! The absolute height of the S&P 500 market price is often a focus for investors and media alike, but the market price in isolation does not provide a complete picture of the market’s health or any investment’s potential. What truly matters is the underlying earnings of the companie ..read more
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