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June 2022 Market Update

June 2022 Market Update

Have you ever made a poor decision based on fear, only to learn of your mistake later?  

One of the things I learned about helping people in water rescue is that, as painful as it may be, you must wait for a panicked person to drown before you can save them nearly. Their fear causes them to make poor decisions like grabbing their would-be rescuer and drowning them both!  

I also learned that the more you understand something, the less afraid of it you are likely to be. Did you know that much of the fear we experience is simply because we fear the unknown? Have you ever waited for the outcome of a job interview and feared the worst? How about waiting for the college acceptance letter or the results of an important test? 

May 2022 Market Update

May 2022 Market Update

Have you ever worried about something? I mean really worried about it as it kept you up at night. I know I have. I often do, even though I know logically that worrying about a thing does not change things. This is the human condition. We worry, and sometimes that worry pushes us to act even when doing so is not in our best interests.  

When I graduated college, the United States was in a recession. A new grad with a business degree could not find a job. I worried I would never be able to provide for my new wife, who had a sign-on bonus and a job before she graduated as a registered nurse. I scrambled, found odd jobs and part-time jobs, and even took what I knew would be a lousy job. Taking that job wasted valuable time and resources, but I felt I had to “Do Something.”  

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