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In last week’s blog, Heath pointed out the tendency of people to base investment decisions on irrelevant facts or reference points. In the field of behavioral finance, this is known as anchoring. Heath provided a great example of anchoring: basing …
People are fascinating to me. You’d think that over thousands of years, the human brain would have evolved to become capable of making unbiased decisions as a means for survival. But based on James Montier’s book “Behavioral Investing” our brains …
Last week, Bryan Zschiesche and I attended the Envestnet Tamarac 2014 Advisor Summit. We attended the various sessions and workshops in an effort to further our knowledge of the software and technological tools that this fantastic company provides to us. With …
Mike Minter and I are attending a conference this week in Chicago hosted by Envestnet Tamarac, the software provider of our rebalancing, reporting, and contact management programs. Our primary goal in attending the conference is to learn new ways to …
Our 1st quarter newsletter features articles by the whole team. Q1 2014 Newsletter from Financial Synergies Asset Management, Inc
As we have all experienced, time and repetition can cause us to take for granted things that others recognize as being extraordinary. During the past week, two new clients mentioned how impressed they were with the rebalancing strategy we employ, …
If you keep up with the financial news outlets, you’ve probably been exposed to the latest debates on high-frequency trading (HFT). In Michael Lewis’ new book, “Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt,” he says that the stock market is rigged. His …
A prerequisite for investing is optimism about the future. After all, if you don’t believe that things will be better tomorrow than they are today, there would be no reason to squirrel away your money. It can be difficult at …
As a client of Financial Synergies, you’ve undoubtedly heard us use the terms “growth” and “value”; they are even included in the names of some of our funds, and are strategies we utilize in your portfolios. Growth and Value are …
As Mike Booker mentioned in the Q4 newsletter, we think bonds still deserve a place in most portfolios. After all, bonds are ultimately one of the greatest diversifiers an investor can own. Historically, conservative investors have allocated large percentages of …

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