Let me tell you a story about how one company reacted to some accidental tariffs. But first, some background. Tariffs: A Primer A tariff is a tax that is placed on goods that are imported into a country. There are 3 generally accepted reasons to use tariffs. Your country has a nascent industry that you're… Continue reading How to Avoid Tariffs
Does it ever seem like saving enough money to exit the paid workforce is too daunting? How much does it really take to walk away from it all? How big a pile of loot do you need to walk away? Enough to Walk Away: in 2 parts Part One: How much money do you spend?… Continue reading Enough to Walk Away
Never let a trade turn into an investment. Trading has many truisms that are based on behavioral biases and shortcomings. One of the common ones for both traders and investors is the tendency to enter a position then hold onto it as it drops in value instead of sticking with a predefined stop loss or… Continue reading Core Trading
So much of investing is the avoidance of doing dumb stuff. If you're not sure what "dumb stuff" entails in investing then let me provide you a very incomplete list: Selling a broad index fund after if dropped 20+ percent and going to cash. Putting more than 5 percent of your portfolio into a single… Continue reading on the need to do something
The best part about financial markets is the mythos that the amateur can compete or even out-compete the professional. How many other ultra-competitive activities does that hold true? Would you step onto the field against an NFL team? Would you wager millions of dollars playing against a chess or golf pro? Arrayed against you is… Continue reading What’s your edge?
The best part about only managing your own money is that you're incentivized to always do the right thing because it's your own money. My goal is to maximize wealth within the context of a risk management framework. I don't have a boss that's constantly pushing me to gather new assets or maximize revenue. So… Continue reading Fiduciary Standard & Radical Financial Transparency
Based on where the market was trading when I wrote Bitcoin, the Stock Market, and Other Asset Bubbles there weren’t any terribly attractive mainstream asset classes. Volatility! Trade Wars! Trump! The headlines are creating noise to try to explain what’s going in the market these days. The good news is that none if it is going… Continue reading Bridesmaid Momentum
What's your benchmark: trend trading vs buy & hold.
The two biggest causes of failure among new traders are bad trading systems and unfettered emotions. Bad Trading Systems Trading is a game of probabilities and sequence of returns. Systems run the gamut from trend following and breakout systems on one end that have low win rates but (hopefully!) big winners to short-term mean reversion… Continue reading How to Fail as a Trader
Or why position trading works. I recently had a conversation with my wife about what options exist to solve the mass shooting crisis in America. She’s come a long way from being 100 percent anti-guns when we met to meeting me halfway in the middle. We’ve both learned from each other – I grew up… Continue reading Appearances vs Reality