Under the Influence

Every day we are deluged with messages and memes through cable and the internet.  These messages can influence us in ways we may not realize, and the source of the information may not be what we assume. If you are a Facebook user, the news feed content you’re being sent each day arrives through algorithmic adjustments, and according to Facebook is “designed to show you stories most relevant to you,” and ranks the stories “so that what’s most important to each person shows up highest in their news feeds.”  Many of these news feeds… [read more]
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Short Attention Span Theater

This week, New York Times columnist and political analyst on numerous TV networks, David Brooks wrote an op-ed piece on Why America’s Leadership Fails.  In it, he makes the case that the gridlock that persists in Washington is caused, at least in part by politicians arriving in Washington called to serve, only to be overcome by the short term calculations necessary for self-preservation.  Whether surviving the crisis du jour or getting in the right sound bite for the next election cycle, the incentive to fight for any long term calling or strategic goal is… [read more]
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It Could Happen to You

My grandmother and I have always been close.  When I was growing up, I spent many a Friday night having carpet picnics with her and my grandpa where we sat on the living room floor with a blanket and had dinner, usually fried chicken.  We would watch Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy and then play cards or board games until I fell asleep and they had to carry me to bed.  She still lives in the same house she’s lived in my whole life.  It holds a lot of memories for our family. Sadly, those… [read more]
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Falling Off Your Game

Last Sunday night’s 2016 Olympic Games delivered drama on the tennis courts.  Serena and Venus Williams lost in the first round of their doubles match – their first-ever loss in the Olympics, while Jamie and Andy Murray, Davis Cup winners and Wimbledon champions, were eliminated as well.  The upsets weren’t limited to US players, as Serbian Novak Djokovic, the world’s number one ranked male player, was defeated by Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina. Sometimes, when we’ve done all we can to prepare for something, and our success appears nearly certain, things happen that take… [read more]
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Which Hat Are You Wearing?

(from Dimensional Fund Advisors’ Outside the Flags blog by Jim Parker dated 10/16/2015. Jim is a Vice President with DFA, leading the communications and marketing team in the firms’ Australian office.)    Most of us have multiple roles—as business owners, professionals, workers, consumers, citizens, students, parents and investors. So our views of the world can differ according to whatever hat we’re wearing at any one time. This complexity of people and their range of motivations, depending on their circumstances, highlight the inadequacy of cookie-cutter or automated investment solutions. For instance, if you work for a taxi… [read more]
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