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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.

January 14, 2013  |  

2012 American Taxpayer Relief Act

Executive Summary On New Year’s Day 2013, Congress passed a far-reaching new law intended to avert the so-called fiscal cliff. The American Taxpayer Relief Act, signed into law by President Obama on January 2, 2013, impacts every taxpayer. Not only does the new law make permanent reduced income tax rates for most taxpayers, it extends […]

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January 9, 2013  |  

A New Year’s Resolution: Build Up Your Resistance

Staying on track to reach your long-term goals is difficult. It doesn’t matter whether those goals focus on diet, fitness or your personal finances. However, building up your resistance to negative forces will help you to succeed. To reach your personal finance goals, your first step is to recognize the negative forces so you can […]

January 7, 2013  |  

2012: The Year it Didn’t Happen

Over the years, Weston Wellington of Dimensional Fund Advisors (DFA) has written many informative articles on the topic of the financial markets and the media. Today he provides us with yet another example of why financial media headlines may not be the best source of investment advice. Click here to read the entire article.