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Anger – A Great Source of Insight


As investors (and human beings) it’s almost always best to keep our cool and not let others or ourselves get the best of us. When we lose our center and become consumed by emotion set off by powerful triggers, mistakes happen and we often come to regret our actions and the consequences they unleash.

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Posted in News, Psychology, Wealth

Lessons in Leadership and Civility from Lincoln


I was flipping through the television channels last week and I came across Ken Burns’s last episode of his Civil War documentary. It is such a highly regarded series and one in which I hope to see from beginning to end some day. I have always been fascinated by the Civil War and,

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Posted in Advice, News, Psychology

Power to the People? The Role of Insecure Growth


One of the driving forces in the economy and society that has made us bullish on apartments is what I like to call “Insecure Growth.” It’s a situation in which the economy continues to grow, albeit slowly, jobs are materializing, and households continue to be formed and yet there is an underlying insecurity and anxiety about job security and how long one might be in a particular location.

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Posted in Economy, Interest Rates, Investing, News, Psychology, Trends, Uncategorized, Wealth

A Stunning Cubs Victory and A Depressing Election

Chicago Cubs vs. ElectionIt is estimated that over 40 million people watched the riveting game seven of the World Series between the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians. Having grown up in Chicago and being a former peanut vendor at Wrigley Field and Comiskey Park (where the White Sox used to play) I was emotionally invested in the Cubs.

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Posted in News, People, Psychology, Uncategorized, Wealth

The Banana Story – Learning from a Simple Example

You are probably wondering why the author, business executive, investor Gary Carmell, author of The Philosophical Investor Transforming Wisdom into Wealth is holding a banana!

A lot can be learned from a simple example.

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My book focuses significantly on the powerful intersection between intelligent investing and intelligent living and the importance of having a way of viewing the world that is quite independent and quite authentic.

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Turn and Face the Strange – Advice for Successful Life & Investing


There is understandably a lot of fear, trepidation, and obsession about death and mortality. When I find myself inspired to think more deeply about particular subjects, I often find myself going back to some of the world’s great philosophers. In this case, I turned to Socrates who had an interesting perspective on death.

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Posted in Advice, News, Psychology, Wealth

What To Avoid So That Your Happiness Continues

Avoid so Happiness ContinuesFollowing up from last week’s blog post that discussed Bertrand Russell’s Conquest of Happiness, this week will focus on some of the actions we can take and the ways we can train ourselves to welcome more happiness into our lives.

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Posted in Advice, Investing, News, Psychology, Uncategorized, Wealth

The Surprising Benefits of Boredom and Holiday Happiness

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With this being the week of Christmas I thought it would be appropriate to revisit one of my favorite topics: Happiness

Bertrand Russell was one of the west’s great intellectuals. He created the field of logical mathematics which led to the creation of the computer and the life-changing work of Alan Turing.

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Lessons for Parents from San Bernardino

San Bernardino ParentsThe horrific shootings in San Bernardino seemed to confirm the inevitable that fundamentalist Islamic terror would eventually hit the United States in a less spectacular fashion than 9/11. This was carried out by essentially a home-grown individual who seemed to integrate well in the work environment that he left in a wake of carnage.

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Posted in News, Personal, Psychology, Trends

Hope Is Not A Strategy – Don’t Discount Liberal Arts!

StrategyThis will be my last blog post related to Andrew Carnegie. All good things must come to an end. When I started at CWS out of college my first boss asked me what my major was and I told him political science. He had an engineering background and kind of snickered and asked what I planned to do with that degree and if I considered “opening up a political science store.” I laughed it off and gave the standard retort that I thought it would help me be a better writer and think critically.

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