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To Bit or Not to Bit: What Should Investors Make of Bitcoin Mania?

  Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are receiving intense media coverage, prompting many investors to wonder whether these new types of electronic money deserve a place in their portfolios. Cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin emerged only in the past decade. Unlike traditional money, no paper notes or metal coins are involved. No central bank...

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Seven Ways to Fool Yourself

Last Thursday night Sensible Portfolios held an educational seminar for its clients and friends. Scott Bosworth spoke on the Implications of Investor Behavior. Scott is a VP at Dimensional and his presentation was very timely as investors are concerned about the stock market. I found an old article by Scott's associate, Jim Parker from April 2014...

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Six Reasons Why 401(k) Loans are (Really) Bad

A 401k loan is such a bad investment choice that it should not be allowed in any plan other than for hardships. And yes, it is an investment because when plan participants take a 401k loan, it becomes one of the investments in their account. Consider that: Borrowers often lose the company match Many participants who borrow from their 401k...

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Investment Shock Absorbers

Ever ridden in a car with worn-out shock absorbers? Every bump is jarring, every corner stomach-churning, and every red light an excuse to assume the brace position. Owning an undiversified portfolio can trigger similar reactions. In a motor vehicle, the suspension system keeps the tires in contact with the road and provides a smooth ride for...

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Unhealthy Attachments

Have you ever made yourself suffer through a bad movie because, having paid for the ticket, you felt you had to get your money’s worth? Some people treat investment the same way. Behavioral economists have a name for this tendency of people and organizations to stick with a losing strategy purely on the basis that they have put so much time and...

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