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The following video is one of the best educational presentations we’ve seen. The presenter explains how our brain directs us to avoid making decisions or taking actions that are actually in our best interest and how it feels awkward to fight these signals, even though we should. I recommend watching it.
After a period of relative calm in the markets, in recent weeks the increase in volatility in the stock market has resulted in renewed anxiety for many investors.
This video highlights the importance of staying focused when markets are volatile.
Uncertainty, Though Unnerving, is Certainly Something we can Count On
We’ve just entered spring and can see the grass starting to green and the trees budding.
Spring symbolizes renewal; new life as evidenced by the vegetation emerging from the ground. However, spring also offers some of the most uncertain weather; ranging from sunny days in the 70s, to cold and rainy days in the 40s and even a chance of snow.
Remember way back to your first paycheck. The moment you open the envelope anticipating the windfall when all your hard work pays off. Then, like a swift kick to your gut, realty hits. Your takeaway earnings are almost always way lower than what you expected.
By Matt Ahrens, CIMA®
The S&P 500 had just eclipsed over 400 days of market growth without a 5% or greater pullback. That all came to a dramatic end on February 5th. The Dow Jones Industrial Average made its own record that day, with a drop of 1,175 points. That’s the largest single day points drop in history. In many ways, it may be a blessing that the painful drop is happening quickly. Better to pull off the Band-Aid quickly than create a slow and agonizing pain.
Many people, who have achieved success and wealth through their business, have done so with their intellectual capital. What exactly is intellectual capital? This is the sum of the business’ hidden assets, such as its human resources, knowledge, intellectual property, and all of the client and stakeholder relationships that bring immeasurable value to the company. In essence it is your “secret sauce,” which gives your business its competitive edge. When the recipe is lost or stolen, your business can lose most, if not all of its value.