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If Other Industries Were Like Wall Street

(0) Comments | Posted November 17, 2014 | 11:49 AM

By Morgan Housel

Finance is a strange industry. The way we think about fees, the way it's discussed in the media, how laypeople use it and the way it's taught in school is like no other field.

Maybe the best way to get this across is to...

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Some Investors Must Fail

(6) Comments | Posted May 23, 2014 | 11:16 AM

By Morgan Housel

Bad news, investors. Some of you must fail.

Not probably, or unfortunately, but must. Professional, amateur. Hedge fund manager, day trader, indexer, 401(k) saver. Some of you must fail. It's a necessity of how markets work.

According to Dalbar and other research groups, the average U.S. stock...

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Lessons From America's Greatest Investment Tragedy

(0) Comments | Posted May 22, 2014 | 6:28 PM

By Morgan Housel

Benjamin Roth wasn't a professional writer or investor. But he wrote one of the most instructive investment books ever published.

Roth, an Ohio lawyer, kept a diary during the Great Depression, writing several times per week from 1931 through the early 1940s. His son published it...

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9 Simple Statements That Will Make You Think Differently About the World

(1) Comments | Posted May 14, 2014 | 5:00 PM

By Morgan Housel

A few smart sentences can change the way you think. Here are a few I read recently that got my mind twirling.

First, Microsoft researcher Duncan Watts writes in his book Everything Is Obvious (Once You Know the Answer) how deceiving common sense can be:

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Having Control Over Your Time Is the Only Sensible Financial Goal

(0) Comments | Posted May 14, 2014 | 4:09 PM

By Morgan Housel

I'm 30 years old. Most people I know my age work like a dog in a job they hate, stumbling through a sleep-deprived hysteria of a life, hoping it'll all pay off someday. Some of them truly love what they do, but it's rare. Of the busiest...

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Americans Vs. Reality: Why Your Home Is Not a Great Investment

(5) Comments | Posted May 2, 2014 | 5:57 PM

by Morgan Housel

I've come to believe that for millions of Americans, a house is a large liability masquerading as a safe asset.

Not just because of the recent housing crash -- although what an eye-opener that was --but because after watching real estate implode last decade, the average...

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Your Workers Hate Their Job -- Here's What You Can Do About It

(20) Comments | Posted May 2, 2014 | 4:35 PM

By Morgan Housel

Look at the co-worker to your left. Now, to your right. At least one of them hates their job. Maybe you do, too.

According to a recent Gallup survey of 5.4 million working adults, 52 percent say they are not engaged in their work. They limp...

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3 Things Wealthy People Do Differently

(12) Comments | Posted April 16, 2014 | 5:16 PM

The funniest thing I've noticed about rich people is how little their income has to do with their wealth. Mike Tyson earned $300 million during his career and went broke. An orphaned, unmarried administrative assistant died with millions in the bank. A lot of rich people aren't exceptionally talented at...

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One-Sentence Financial Rules

(4) Comments | Posted March 27, 2014 | 1:52 PM

There are 56,956 personal finance books on In aggregate, they contain more than 3 billion words. This seems absurd, because 99 percent of personal finance can be summarized in nine words: Work a lot, spend a little, invest the difference. Master that, and the other 2.999 billion words are...

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The Biggest Retirement Myth Ever Told

(6) Comments | Posted February 26, 2014 | 4:29 PM

By Morgan Housel

One of the darkest risks facing America is that so few of us are prepared for retirement.

It's shocking, really. According to ConvergEx Group, "Only 58 percent of us are even saving for retirement in the first place. Of that group, 60 percent have less than...

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50 Reasons We're Living Through the Greatest Period in World History

(1) Comments | Posted February 20, 2014 | 3:46 PM

By Morgan Housel

I recently talked to a doctor who retired after a 30-year career. I asked him how much medicine had changed during the three decades he practiced. "Oh, tremendously," he said. He listed off a dozen examples. Deaths from heart disease and stroke are way down. Cancer survival...

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77 Reasons You're Awful at Managing Money

(15) Comments | Posted February 20, 2014 | 9:31 AM

By Morgan Housel

People usually get better at things over time. We're better farmers, faster runners, safer pilots, and more accurate weather forecasters than we were 50 years ago.

But there's something about money that gets the better of us. If you look at the rate of personal bankruptcies,...

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Stupid Things Finance People Say

(16) Comments | Posted February 18, 2014 | 3:55 PM

By Morgan Housel

My job requires reading a lot of financial news. It's one of my favorite parts. But it gives me a front-row seat to the downside of financial journalism: gibberish, nonsense, garbage, and drivel. And let me tell you, there's a lot of it.

Here are a few...

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