March Madness and Investing
My favorite annual sporting event is the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. I’m writing this during the first weekend and, wow, what a truly mad season it’s been so far. #13 Buffalo beat #4 Arizona, play-in Syracuse beat #3 Michigan State, and Texas A&M beat #2 UNC. Then, in an upset for the history books, the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) Retrievers trounced UVA, the #1 team in the country. Never has a #16 underdog beat a #1 seed in the men’s tournament … by 20 points, no less!
Wolves, Sheep’s Clothing and Fiduciary Financial Advice as published in InsidaNova.com
It’s a fact of life: Not all financial “advisors” are created equally. Regulators may do their best to protect you from the sheep-cloaked wolves of Wall Street, but “buyer beware” remains my advice.
Behavioral Finance: It's Not Just the Numbers as published in InsideNova.com
As a seasoned advisor with a long list of financial credentials, I’d probably be pegged by most people as a “numbers guy.” It’s true, I am quite fond of charts and spreadsheets. But any advisor worth his (or her) salt quickly learns numbers alone aren’t enough to get the job done. We also must be well-versed in behavioral finance, i.e., the many threats investors face from the emotional, instinct-driven side of money management.