This is Your Brain on Finance

Month: January 2013

January 31, 2013  |  

This is Your Brain on Finance

Texas Tech recently ran a simulated stock market game study where student subjects had to pick an investment advisor who provided portfolio recommendations. In the study, students were shown random performance returns. Researchers noted that when investment returns dropped, the dorsal anterior cingulate cortex, the part of the brain that is used in detecting errors and comparing numbers, was activated. When an advisor made a random recommendation that turned out well, a completely different part […]

January 28, 2013  |  

Information Overload

Have you noticed the glut of investment information out there? Too much information about investments and strategies can confuse and paralyze you. Some investors find it hard to pursue a long-term investment strategy in this environment. This means it’s more important than ever to have a trusted advisor to help you filter the many conflicting opinions spread by the media. It wasn’t always this way. When I started in the investment business in 1984, we […]

January 24, 2013  |  

Medicare Updates for 2013

The following is a guest post from Howard Peck of Senior Insurance Solutions. Along with the usual and customary annual Medicare cost increases, 2013 will likely be the year that two BIG Medicare issues will be bantered about and then possibly implemented as our politicians try to get a handle on the runaway costs of Medicare. First, here are the Increases: The New Individual Rates The Part ‘A’ and Part ‘B’ Deductibles also went up […]

January 17, 2013  |  

A Look Back at 2012

Although many investors have expressed frustration with stock market fluctuations in recent years, the time required to recover losses from the October 2007 peak appears broadly consistent with past cycles. Please click here to read the rest of Weston Wellington’s analysis from Dimensional Fund Advisors.