Author - Daniel Joss MBA, CFP®, RLP®

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ABCs of Behavioral Biases; An Introduction
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The Facts about the “Forgotten” Policy; Long-Term Care Insurance
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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Investors
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Half of a Whole: When You Lose a Spouse
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An Index Overview, Part IV: Opportunities and Obstacles

ABCs of Behavioral Biases; An Introduction

By now, you’ve probably heard the news: Your own behavioral biases are often the greatest threat to your financial well-being. As investors, we leap before we look. We stay when we should go. We cringe at the very risks that are expected to generate our greatest rewards. All the while, we rush into nearly every move, only to fret and regret them long after the deed is done.

Why Do We Have Behavioral Biases?
Most of the behavioral biases that influence your investment decisions come from myriad mental shortcuts we depend on to think more efficiently and act more effectively …

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The Facts about the “Forgotten” Policy; Long-Term Care Insurance

I recently had a long-term care insurance conversation with a client. The bottom line for this client was they were financially capable of paying their own way no matter the care required during their late life years. Obviously the best time to buy this insurance is just before you need it.

All kidding aside though, you should evaluate what you have and what you are expecting to have in your late life years. Balance those facts with the remote and increasing possibility of requiring expensive personal care in your later years. Then, make a decision.

It may be worthwhile to …

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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Investors

As Suzanne Woolley writes in her Bloomberg post, she’s identified seven habits of effective investors. I would agree with her on these habits.

  1. Save early, and automatically
  2. Expect financial emergencies
  3. Set an asset allocation, and diversify
  4. Keep fees low
  5. Use an advisor who is a fiduciary
  6. Spend less than you earn
  7. Maximize employee benefits

I would add Avoid leverage and Avoid speculation. You should invest within your risk tolerance and risk capacity. And, think long term for retirement investing and invest more conservatively as you come closer to needing your money for college, cars, or other financial goals.

Dan…

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Half of a Whole: When You Lose a Spouse

I’ve recently had the responsibility of working with several recently widowed clients here in Williamsburg, Virginia. I’ve had several of these conversations lately and wish to share the highlights with you. In fact, my Dad passed away last year and my brothers, sisters-in-law, and I helped my Mom work through these same issues. Mom is the final judge, but I think we did fairly well.

Whether it’s sudden and unexpected or after an already lengthy ordeal, there’s nothing that can prepare you for losing your spouse. Grief and mourning affect each of us uniquely, but all widows and widowers share …

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An Index Overview, Part IV: Opportunities and Obstacles

This mini-series originally appeared in my monthly newsletter.

Legend has it, a pharmacist named John Pemberton was searching for a headache cure when he tried blending Coca leaves with Cola nuts. Who knew his recipe was destined to become such a smashing success, even if Coca-Cola® never did become the medicine Pemberton had in mind?

In similar vein, when Charles Dow launched the Dow Jones Industrial Average (the Dow), his aim was to better assess stock prices and market trends, hoping to determine when the market’s tides had turned by measuring the equivalent of its incoming and outgoing “waves.” He …

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