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The Hype Cycle of DIY Investor Self-Confidence

In an article about the challenges of autonomous vehicles, I came across a chart of the Hype Cycle from the consulting firm Gartner that supposedly models the life cycle of new technology: Maybe it…

My Grand-Aunt’s Mailbox Money from ExxonMobil

While helping a 92-year-old relative with her estate planning last week, I discovered that she receives dividend checks from ExxonMobil mailed to her every quarter. I also discovered she was an ear…

Stupidity, Humility, and Stock Picking

XCKD’s latest comic is about stock picking and the efficient market hypothesis: The hidden hover text goes on – On the news a few days later: “Buzz is building around the so-calle…

Prudential Instagram Ads For Early Retirement

I had no idea @prudential existed until today (and this post is not sponsored by them in any way) but apparently they have a series of Instagram-specific ads targeting younger workers. They even ha…