Capital Insights

Spotlight on Women: In Business and Beyond

It is more important now than ever to focus on including women as part of business conversations to ensure our workplaces are not set back in gender equality by today's dramatic challenges. As the World Bank Group’s Women, Business, and the Law 2020 points out, “equality of opportunity is good economics.” And seeing the impact female leaders make on the bottom line drives diversity of all forms in a positive direction.

It’s graduation time, and your 529 plan is ready for its grand entrance

The education world may be in flux, but higher learning will continue to be a priority for most families – even with a price tag that has outpaced inflation for decades. If a 529 plan is part of the mix of tools you’re using to save and invest, it may be time to think about how you’ll put it to use.

The Mortgage Market’s Wild Ride: what does it mean for you?

It’s not standard practice to feel you need to check mortgage rates on a daily basis. But just as everything else in our world has flipped on its head, that’s changed for the moment. Mortgages rates, historically one of the calmest elements of our financial planning lives, have turned into a Wild West scenario.

Machines of Loving Grace

Headlines during the current market decline have been nothing if not dependable — “plunge,” “meltdown,” “tumble,” “fear grips market,” “panic selling,” — we know all the catchphrases by now. The typical narrative on the evening news or in the paper next day leads with some form of “Fear gripped investors Thursday…”. But are individual investors actually driving markets by making trades on these emotions?

The Unusual Mistake

The financial world gave scant attention to the passing of Murray Gell-Mann last week at the age of 89.

Gell-Mann was a Nobel Prize winning physicist known for, among other things, discovering and naming the quark. While the quark has little to tell us about financial markets, some of Gell-Mann’s later work with the Santa Fe Institute has more to say.

All Of It

Problem solvers, it would seem, have the greatest impact on our lives. But Dr. Atul Gawande, nationally renowned surgeon and writer, thinks we have it backwards.

Future Shock

We like to think we take things at face value. But it seems that our emotions are not so much reactions to the present as they are guides to the future.

The Survival of the Modern Portfolio

By the time he was 25 years old, Henri Vaillancourt of Greenville, New Hampshire had been on four canoe trips. Four trips isn’t that many, though it’s almost certainly more than the average person. It’s enough to know what one feels like, but not so many that he’d be considered an expert.

When Information Is Cheap, Attention Becomes Expensive

In the introduction to his 2016 book “The Attention Merchants,” Tim Wu writes:

As William James observed, we must reflect that, when we reach the end of our days, our life experience will equal what we have paid attention to, whether by choice or default. We are at risk, without quite fully realizing it, of living lives that are less our own than we imagine.

Although James made his statement in the late 19th century, it’s not hard to see how it applies to the digital age. Writer David Perell has referred to it as the “Never-Ending Now,” with social media and 24-hour cable news feeds that push us to focus on what just happened, search for what’s next, and encourage us to lose site of the forest for the trees.