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Trauma and Growth: Imperfect Information and Uncertainty

Trauma

Successful investing requires so much emotional and psychological fortitude. The analytical part is oftentimes the easiest aspect. Managing ourselves is what is typically most challenging. We are triggered by fear and greed and traumas of past mistakes that can lead to suboptimal outcomes. For this reason,

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You've Got To Leave it Behind

content Bono U2

I’m a subscriber to SiriusXM radio and I was pleasantly surprised to see that the new U2 channel went live recently. Once I started listening to it I found it hard to turn off. I was first introduced to the band during my sophomore year at UCLA.

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Get Inspired

Inspired

With July 4th having just passed I thought it would be inspiring to talk about inspiration. The United States is unique because it is a nation founded on inspired ideals versus population characteristics and geography. These ideals are centered around life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness as well as the notion that all men are created equal.

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Who Would Have Thunk it?

COVID 19 in Texas

Texas becomes the first state to reimpose restrictions after lifting stay-at-home order April 30

I can’t say I’m surprised that states that had itchy trigger fingers to reopen (e.g. Texas, Arizona, Florida) are seeing a surge in new COVID-19 cases and a higher positivity rate among those tested. The following graph from the Wall Street Journal shows how the number of new cases is hitting a new peak after having come down.

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Interest Rates: Lower for How Much Longer?

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“We’re not thinking about raising rates — 

we’re not even thinking about thinking about raising rates,” 

Jerome Powell during 6/10/20 press conference

With interest rates at record lows, this is a time when many people are strongly considering locking in long-term,

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It's Time to Get Serious About Laughter

Gary Zoom Laughter

At the end of last week’s blog, I mentioned that I would be writing about laughter. I thought it was important to not stay on only one end of the spectrum despite these very turbulent times. A fascinating new interview with Bob Dylan came out last week and this caught my attention that I thought was very relevant to my pivot towards laughter for this blog.

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Wading into Turbulent Waters

Black Lives Matter equality for all

Turning and turning in the widening gyre   

The falcon cannot hear the falconer;

Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;

Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,

The blood-dimmed tide is loosed,

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Dr. Yama Akbari Current Research Funded by Roneet Carmell Memorial Endowment

Dr Yama Akbari Roneet Carmell Memorial Endowment Fund Update 2020

After Roneet’s passing, I wanted to channel my grief in ways that I could honor her memory and help contribute to bettering the world. I chose to back incredibly dynamic, bright, passionate, and innovative people with whom I had great respect that I thought Roneet would be proud of as well.

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COVID-19 and Lessons and Inspiration from Jacob

Jacob Carmell Gary Carmell

“Everyone takes the limits of his own vision for the limits of the world.”

Arthur Schopenhauer

The COVID-19 global lockdown is understandably very controversial because the cost has been staggering in terms of job losses and the psychological ramifications on so many people.

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A Return to Tennis - Lessons Learned

COVID19 Tennis Pandemic

I was able to finally return to playing some competitive tennis last week. This is something that I was eagerly awaiting. On one of my daily walks ascending the very steep hill near my home I was reflecting on this and how could I best position myself to hit the ground running when I returned to the court.

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