I was in Garden Grove, California, this week for CFA Institute's Wealth Management 2014 conference. There were many great presentations, but one loomed large for me: the session on elder care planning. At the outset, we polled delegates on the percentage of their clients that have a plan in place for long-term care costs. Fifty-five percent said "less than 25%." That's a very worrisome — although not altogether surprising — result when you consider that at least 70 percent of people over 65 will need long-term care services and the fact that most people don't realize Medicaid does not cover long-term care expenses.
As I looked back over a year of tweets and blog posts, one theme was perennial: we cannot escape ourselves. What do I mean by that? Behavioral biases inform our investment decisions, regardless of gender, season, or geography.
If you are a regular reader of these posts, you won't be surprised by this week's headline and range of articles. But if this is your first time, and you're wondering what psychopaths, bubbles, and black holes have to do with being a professional investor and/or financial adviser, the answer is simple: "Investing demands that you be a polymath — knowing a lot about many things (including nonfinancial topics) and how those things interconnect into an organic whole."
I don't know about you, but to me it seems as if summer flew by. Here in the United States, Labor Day — the symbolic end of summer — is just around the corner. With that in mind, I thought I'd do something a little different this week: before I recap some of the most interesting content I've come across recently, here's an ode to summer.
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