In what is one of my absolute favorite financial books of the past decade, The Psychology of Money, Morgan Housel introduces us to the concept of “appealing fictions.” Housel defines an appealing fiction as follows: Something you desperately want to be true because of potential huge upside.Is backed up by limited or no data, observation, or reasonable common sense.Polarizing in nature drawing people into factions or tribes. He goes on to describe these “extremely powerful” narratives ... [Continue Reading]
Updates and articles on timely topics from the Investment Team.
Ben Franklin famously penned, “in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” I would venture to guess that if he were around today, he would allow me to include stock market volatility as a third item on that list. But fortunately, unlike the other two examples, market volatility is typically short-lived and doesn’t have to be a permanent impediment to future success. In fact, sudden changes in prices to reflect newly available information is normal and ... [Continue Reading]
A new video from CCM Chief Investment Officer Adam Hoffmann, CFP®, AIF®, discusses historical interest rate data as well as current interest rate trends and how recent changes are impacting portfolios. In it, he reviews CCM's diversified, value-focused investment strategy, which is intentionally designed to safeguard clients' financial goals in the midst of inflation and volatility. Watch the video. » NOTE: The information provided in this video is intended for clients of Carlson ... [Continue Reading]
Back in November, when the weather was warmer and the world was a bit more open, I hosted a gathering in my backyard to celebrate the 40th birthdays of two of my closest friends. As a part of the evening’s festivities, we all gathered around the roaring fires and each guest took a turn sharing a nugget of wisdom or lesson learned over the course of their ever-changing life. Some were funny enough to bring people to the edge of tears, while others were heartfelt and emotional enough to take some ... [Continue Reading]
The shifting from summer to fall always fills me with an urge to prepare. It’s not necessarily clear what I’m preparing for, but slowly darkening days, cooling temps, and seeing the harvest being brought in across the farms in our area triggers something deeply rooted inside me to know that change is on the horizon and it’s time to get ready. Professionally, there is a similar change in focus that occurs as October comes around, but, fortunately, the cause of this shift is more clearly ... [Continue Reading]