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A Wealth of Common Sense by Ben Carlson - 8h ago

My friends in New York love to point out there’s a difference between a slice of pizza in the Big Apple and a slice of pizza everywhere else in the world. I’ve always been of the opinion that pizza is almost always good no matter where it’s from but after sampling some pizza in New York City my opinion may have begrudgingly changed on this topic in recent years. As much as I hate to give them the satisfa...

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There are a number of periodic research pieces I read whenever they come up — JP Morgan’s Guide to the Markets, the Credit Suisse Yearbook, and the Investment Company Institute’s Fact Book to name a few. The ICI’s annual Fact Book provides a deep dive on past trends and where things currently stand in fund industry. The most recent report looks at things through the end of 2018. This is the total n...

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When I graduated from college in 2005 or so it took me a while to find a job. This was mostly my own fault because I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life and didn’t put in the time to actually figure out the type of role or company I was interested in. I had a basic business management degree from a liberal arts college with some minors in economics and accounting sprinkled in, so I knew I wanted to do somet...

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This week’s Animal Spirits with Michael & Ben is sponsored by YCharts: Mention Animal Spirits and receive 20% off your subscription price when you initially sign up for the service. We discuss: Are the tech companies going to make us all fat and lazy? Some good news for once in retirement saving data The huge growth in tax-deferred accounts How the S&P 500 has changed over the years Why is growth destroying...

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A reader asks: My wife and I recently had a retirement and inheritance discussion with her parents. During our conversation it was mentioned how much they plan to leave for inheritance. We’re already on track to retire in our early 60s. However, I’m curious if I should try to incorporate the additional inheritance, it’s a significant amount but I don’t expect, nor do I want to receive this money well into our reti...

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When people find out you’re having a baby people are more than happy to tell you everything you need to buy (and exactly how to be a parent). Despite getting plenty of advice from pretty much every other parent I know before I had kids, there are some things that slipped through the cracks. Here’s what doesn’t show up on the baby registry: 1. A good cordless vacuum. If vacuums had odometers ours would be...

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A podcast listener asks: What inning are we in? This question was asked tongue-in-cheek but it’s still worthy of a serious answer because so much time and energy are devoted to figuring out where we stand in the market or economic cycle. Here’s what I had to say about this one on Instagram: View this post on Instagram A listener asks: What inning are we in? This question is often asked in te...

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While trying to boil down the many reasons for Warren Buffett’s long-term success, Alan Greenspan once told the Oracle, “Warren, it strikes me that if you did nothing else you never sell. That is, if you can grit your teeth through and just disregard short-term declines in the market or even long-term declines in the market, you will come out well.” Buffett has shown the ability to stick with his investm...

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This week’s Animal Spirits with Michael & Ben is sponsored by YCharts: Mention Animal Spirits and receive 20% off your subscription price when you initially sign up for the service. We discuss: Has Buffett lost his touch? If he were starting today from scratch how well would Buffett perform? Charlie Munger still going strong at age 95. Is BRK an index fund now? WeWork spends A LOT of money. Have central banks e...

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There were a handful of investors who made a boatload of money betting against the housing market in 2007 by shorting subprime mortgages through the use of credit default swaps and such. John Paulson is the most notable, earning a $20 billion profit for his fund along with an estimated $4 billion for himself in 2007 alone. This trade led to a bull market in the term asymmetric risk. The idea behind an asymmetric risk prof...

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