Category: Investing

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…

Major Asset Class Returns, 2019 Year-End Review

I used to add up my net worth every month (if not more frequently), but nowadays I limit myself to quarterly portfolio checks to coincide roughly with when my dividends arrive. There is so much dai…