Practical analysis for investment professionals
29 August 2014

Weekend Reads for Finance Pros: Fees, Buffett on Investing, and Hitting the “Reset Button”

Posted In: Weekend Reads

I just returned from a week-long beach vacation. Bliss. What is it about walking barefoot in the sand, or listening to the sound of the ocean, or diving beneath crashing waves that helps us instantly hit the reset button?

My excuse is that I grew up in a surf town (Durban, South Africa) and then lived in Cape Town. But now it turns out there is scientific research behind why a beach holiday is good for your health. In his new book, Blue Mind, marine biologist Wallace J. Nichols contemplates questions such as: Why are we drawn to the ocean each summer? Why does being near water set our minds and bodies at ease? Looking at water, being around it or in it, apparently coaxes our brains into releasing happy chemicals such as dopamine, serotonin, and oxytocin. It’s no wonder I loved Luc Besson’s 1988 film The Big Blue.

With all this in mind, I’ll kick off this edition of Weekend Reads with a humorous reminder of life as we know it:

Followed by some advice for understanding and managing stress: “How Successful People Stay Calm.” (SPOILER ALERT: one of the things they do is disconnect. Think: Beach holiday. No WiFi.)

Here are some other interesting articles from the past few weeks, in case you missed them.


CAPE Ratio

Advisory Business, Robo-Advisers, Fees


And Now For Something Completely Different

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About the Author(s)
Lauren Foster

Lauren Foster is a content director on the professional learning team at CFA Institute and host of the Take 15 Podcast. She is the former managing editor of Enterprising Investor and co-lead of CFA Institute’s Women in Investment Management initiative. Lauren spent nearly a decade on staff at the Financial Times as a reporter and editor based in the New York bureau, followed by freelance writing for Barron’s and the FT. Lauren holds a BA in political science from the University of Cape Town, and an MS in journalism from Columbia University.

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