By Amanda Morrall (email)
1) Even Buffett makes bad calls
The oracle of Omaha, in his latest newsletter to Berkshire Hathaway investors, admits he got it wrong. (See AP coverage here). The godfather of value investing predicted that by now the U.S. housing market would have recovered from its slump. Buffett told investors he's still confident the market will come right because the economy can't hold biology back.
I love this line: "People may postpone hitching up during uncertain times, but eventually hormones take over," he wrote. "And while 'doubling-up' may be the initial reaction of some during a recession, living with in-laws can quickly lose its allure."
Buffett is also confident the U.S. economy is repairing itself.
2) Brady Bunch finances
If you think your own finances are complicated as a single, or couple even, try co-mingling them in a blended family scenario.Here's Moneymax's Liz Koh with a note touching on a few of the key considerations and financial hot spots you'll want to explore.
Money Issues for Blended Families
Getting together with a new partner can have its difficulties, especially when there are children from a previous relationship involved. While there are many practical issues to resolve, often the most complex are to do with money.
Decisions need to be made on how best to pay for the household running costs and who has responsibility for expenses relating specifically to individual children. If each partner has a different number of children living in the household should they pay for household expenses such as food and power in different proportions? Should household expenses be paid from a joint account or should each bill be divided in half? Difficulties with paying or receiving child support can cause financial pressures in the relationship.
3) Tip-toeing back into equities
The latest rally in the equities market has financial advisors encouraging investors to wade back into the market.
According to this piece , carried by Reuters.com, while there is reason for optimism, there is still good reason for caution too. Where does that leave the hapless investor? Plagued with doubt I expect.
4) Psychological quirks that destroy investment returns
I'm reading an interesting book at the moment called "The Behaviour Gap" by Carl Richards. The title describes the yawning gap between how investments perform versus the returns investors actually make.
The difference, he argues, is owing to investors jump in and out of the market at all the wrong times given their predictable self-sabotaging reactionary behaviour. On that topic, here's seven psychological quirks from Monevator.com also explaining impulses that undermine returns.
Doubt is a close cousin of fear. They both dwell inside the mind and pounce at the most inopportune and vulnerable moments.
As personal finance blogger MoneyCrush writes in her latest blog, both can be good, if they inspire change. Kicking doubt to the curb starts with confrontation, action and slow confidence building measures, she writes.