Jack Csenge

Surviving Your Investments

I recently finished reading Deep Survival by Laurence Gonzales. It’s an excellent book that does a great job of evaluating how people make decisions and ultimately fail or succeed in remarkably challenging situations. These chaotic events are pretty insane. For example, Gonzales recounts the decisions made by a climber while basically falling off the side of a…

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Explaining Mutual Funds & ETFs’

Technology over the past 20 years has completely revamped almost every industry. It has created millions of jobs and at the same time eliminated millions of remedial tasks society was accustomed to. In finance, this same story holds true with how we monitor, maintain and implement investment decisions. I would say technology has dramatically improved…

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Status Quo Bias

The inability to take action is one cognitive issue investors face. This “everything is alright” mentality defers our attention away from our investing and we focus on more interesting things (Netflix, shopping, etc.). Understanding that we are neglecting our future selves will help us focus on making correct steps today to improve in the future….

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Setting Realistic Expectations

Most financial plans are based upon an expected return; some forecast of how we think the future may play out. As the years’ pass, we evaluate these returns to make sure we stay on track with the plans we set for ourselves. Now, as investors, we are always eager to know how much we will earn each…

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How to Make Investing a Habit

How do you make investing a regular part of your life? How can you increase your odd of financial security? The answer is make it a habit! The past few weeks, I have been digging through The Power of Habit – by Charles Duhigg. This should be required reading for all as it really helps shed some light…

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Choosing a Financial Advisor

Why do most individual investors hire a financial advisor? Why should most individual investors hire a financial advisor? These are fundamentally different questions that result in radically different answers. Financial advisors are hired for a myriad of reasons. Some investors choose an advisor for improving the investment returns while others choose advisors for helping towards some future goal….

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Information Overload

This is kind of scary but it’s accurate. Every 60 seconds, the following information happens: So…to recap: every 60 seconds: 65,000 photos get uploaded into Instagram 350,000 tweets are sent 3,800,000 Google searches are run 156,000,000 e-mails are sent With all this information going on at one time: How are you supposed to focus on investing…

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Investing 101 – Start Early

Today, we start with something simple; how to get younger investors focusing on the right steps for their future. Here, we will start with easy ways to get started, benefits of investing, and how to allocate your time and efforts. I recently had lunch with a young client of mine to discuss investing. During the…

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Should I Be Doing Something Differently?

This question has come up so many times the past few months and seems to correlate quite well with the recent uptick in market volatility. I figured this would be a good time to revisit the goal we set for ourselves and why we are investing in the first place. The market has been increasingly…

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