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How Skydiving Can Help Explain Investment Risk

  What can skydiving teach us about investing? It teaches about risk and reward, and can give you a perspective on risk that may change the way you think about investing. If you’ve jumped out of an airplane at 8,000 feet and experienced the exhilaration of free falling for 20 seconds, you know it’s 100, maybe even 1000, times more exhilarating than riding a bike for 20 seconds. If it were not so, nobody would ever strap on a parachute
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So You’re Telling Me There’s a Chance

  Every spring those of us in the investment management industry keep our eyes peeled for the Standard & Poors Index vs Active report, basically the industry scorecard for how well active managers have done compared to their respective benchmarks. This year’s report card would make even the biggest underachiever blush. During 2016, 66% of Large Cap actively managed funds failed to keep pace with the S&P 500. 2016 was an interesting year, with markets falling quickly to start and
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The Uncertainty Paradox

  “Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is an absurd one.” —Voltaire “The market hates uncertainty” has been a common enough saying in recent years, but how logical is it? There are many different aspects to uncertainty, some that can be measured and some that cannot. Uncertainty is an unchangeable condition of existence. As individuals, we can feel more or less uncertain, but that is a distinctly human phenomenon. Rather than ebbing and flowing with investor sentiment, uncertainty
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Investing for the Future, Not in the Future

“I have no doubt that in reality the future will be vastly more surprising than anything I can imagine.” – J. B. S. Haldane In the 1967 movie, The Graduate, the young, newly minted college graduate is advised by a family friend that the future is about one word: “plastics.” The advice was a deliberately absurd laugh line, but in today’s era of unprecedented technical and societal change, we hear a great deal of similar advice delivered with perfect seriousness. Self-driving
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