Category Archives for "Critical Thinking Skills"

Critical Thinking Skill #4 – Emotional Intelligence

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What Mike Tyson can teach us about Emotional Intelligence When I talk about emotional intelligence with clients, they often think of it as having emotional control over their investing behavior. This is true, but it’s just one aspect of this critical thinking skill. Emotional intelligence is a broader concept. I’ll try to explain it with […]

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Can A Sector Rotation Strategy Beat The Market?

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We look at how sectors move, relative to the market and to each other. The return behavior of sectors over time offers investors valuable information. This relative return behavior gives us clues about shifting market leadership. How you allocate equity exposure among sectors is a key driver of portfolio performance.  Introduction A popular approach among […]

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The Greater Fool Theory

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One of my favorite TV shows in recent years is HBO’s The Newsroom. The guy who writes the show, Aaron Sorkin, is known for fast-paced, snappy dialog. In the final episode of season 1, economics reporter Sloan Sabbith (played by the lovely and talented Olivia Munn) tells her boss, anchorman Will McAvoy (played by Jeff Daniels): […]

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Critical Thinking Skill #3 – The Time Value of Money

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The Time Value of Money is one of the first skills a new investor must learn. Simply put, it answers the question “What is the value to me today, of a dollar that I expect to receive at some point in the future?” This article will walk you through the process of answering that question. […]

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Characteristics of highly accomplished investors

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What do Warren Buffett, George Soros, Carl Icahn, Ray Dalio, Abigail Johnson, James Simons, Thomas Peterffy, Ron Perelman, and Steve Cohen all have in common? They are all highly accomplished investors. And they make up 9 out of the 10 richest Americans, according to Forbes, Inc. Introduction The fact that 9 out of the 10 […]

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How to Increase Your Odds of Winning at the Investment Game

How to Increase Your Odds of Winning at the Investment Game Summary Stock market strategy can be understood using game theory. The players in this game have widely different skill sets. Profits flow from low-skilled players to those with better skills. Every investor has a strategy, even if that strategy is “I just go by […]

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Are You Paying For Useless Advice?

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Are you paying for useless advice? False experts, the “Hot-Hand Fallacy”, and the “Law of Small Numbers.” Can people be fooled into believing in a non-existent expert? If so, will they then pay for what can only be described as useless advice about future chance events? The answer is yes, and this type of misjudgment […]

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Investment Advice: What’s Real and What’s For Sale?

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Lyrics from the song “Vasoline” by STP: One time a thing occurred to me What’s real and what’s for sale? Search for things that you can’t see Going blind, out of reach Somewhere in the vasoline Why am I quoting lyrics from a song by Stone Temple Pilots in an article about investment advice? Because […]

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ZenInvestor Core Beliefs – Key Investing Concepts

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There are certain concepts and principles that I believe are absolutely critical for successful investing. I call them Beliefs because I’ve learned them from personal experience – first as a securities analyst, then as a professional trader, and finally as a portfolio manager. These are the ideas that I strongly believe will empower you to […]

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