This is a guest post from Ben Hamlin. Ben is an aspiring financial entrepreneur and avid investor who became interested in learning to earn money at an early age. Ben ultimately hopes to become financially independent through his various investments. Bitcoin and similar cryptocurrencies are getting a lot of attention lately, and with Japan recently […]
Today’s post is from Troy Bombardia, who blogs over at markethistory.org. I am a strong believer in learning from successful people, and when it comes to investing, especially from the Oracle that I wrote about. What I like about Troy’s post is that he focuses on the importance of understanding history and the learning’s […]
Many people read a bunch of blogs on investing and think they have it pat, right? Even without a detailed analysis on indexing vs. dividend growth, the prescription sounds simple enough: a) Save money b) Buy a low cost stock index fund c) Repeat steps a and b till you make serious bank and then […]
The following is a guest post from Grant Swann. While we are in the midst of our investment series on Dividends vs Index, this post addresses a basic question on why to even bother investing. Since a shocking 80% of the millennial generation don’t invest, fundamental topics like these serve as guidance for millennials and a reminder for the rest of […]
Please read Part 1 first to give you a background to this post. This series is my attempt to look at important cognitive biases that prevent us from taking optimal decisions in life, career and investing.
Our bias to conquer today is the Confirmation Bias. As an investor or as an employee, we have all fallen victim to this at one time or another, or if you are like me, repeatedly!
We all like consistency in our life. It simplifies our thinking and gives us a routine to follow. While habitual consistency is our brain’s ‘low energy’ way to get through our daily life, you pay a heavy price for it when it comes to important decisions. Confirmation Bias is our innate urge to look for those things that confirm your pre-conceived ideas/notions/decisions and ignore other things that raise red flags. This bias dulls key facts that go against ideas and conclusions that we hold dear.