Much of my time is spent trying to help my clients make and keep to plans which have the best probability of meeting their needs, goals and objectives. Once we have crafted a strategy and a plan we meet at regular intervals to measure their progress. One of the things that we need to measure … Continue reading Ulysses and the Sirens: Few Things Destroy Long-Term Investment Returns Like Short-Term Measurement
Jason Zweig has been a Personal Finance columnist for the Wall Street Journal for the last decade. To be honest, I'm a big fan. Way back in 2013 he wrote an article in the WSJ with the headline above and, while I only recently came upon it, what he wrote is as relevant today as it … Continue reading Saving investors from themselves
In the latest GreyIssue from investment house Allan Gray, they have penned an important piece on investor behaviour which bears reading. Quoting research from one of my favourite behavioural economists Dan Ariely, they argue that our brains are wired to make the easiest, rather than the best decisions. "When it comes to investing, we may … Continue reading How to pave the way for better decisions – Allan Gray
I saw this quote on a site which promotes healthy eating and it reminded me of a conversation I had with a client earlier this week about her financial planning. She was a little embarrassed about "how little she has" and intimidated about working with me to get the best financial future we can. When … Continue reading We all have to start this somewhere. But let’s start!
How often are we taken in by the "Experts", "Gurus" and similar "Talking Heads" who are wont to be seen as seers and prognosticators? They appear on our televisions and in the newspapers that we read and are are a dime a dozen on the popular financial internet sites and will tell us that "the … Continue reading Ignore the “Experts” and make peace with uncertainty
Richard Thaler, a leading light in the field of shedding light on how much our behaviour affects our investment outcomes, has won the 2017 Nobel Prize for Economics. Bloomberg reported that his body of work "includes insights on the ways in which limited rationality, social preferences and a lack of self control affect decisions that … Continue reading Behavioural Economist Richard Thaler wins the 2017 Nobel Prize for Economics
I recently attended Foord Asset Management's Mind of the Manager event which was kicked-off by MD Paul Cluer. Paul reminded us of the story of Pascal's Wager, and illustrated how Foord apply the philosophy of Pascal's tale to how they manage money. Source: Wikipedia Recap: Pascal's Wager Blaise Pascal was a 17th-century French … Continue reading Investing with Pascal’s Wager in mind
As a Certified Financial Planner® and member of the Financial Planning Institute of Southern Africa I subscribe to the international Financial Planning Standards Board's 6-step process to financial planning. The second step in this process is to "collect the client's information". We are expected to: identify the client’s personal and financial objectives, needs and priorities that … Continue reading Are you ready to get financially naked?