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Mental Accounting: There’s More to Thinking Than You Think

Cash is cash, right? But sometimes, we treat money differently depending on where it came from or what we intend to do with it. When that happens, mental accounting may be at play. Our next post in our behavioral bias series: There’s More to Thinking Than You Think takes a look.

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There’s More to Thinking Than You Think: Understanding How Biases Impact Decisions

In this series, we explore some of the most common behavioral biases to which people find themselves susceptible. Today we look at Loss Aversion.

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There’s More to Thinking Than You Think: Understanding How Biases Impact Investment Decisions

The concept of behavioral finance is a relatively new field of study that combines psychological theory with conventional economics. We may not realize it, but we all have certain biases as investors, and that impacts the financial decisions we each make. Even the most disciplined investor may have difficulty overcoming personal biases – it’s how…

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The U.S. Debt Bubble in Five Charts

– Post-2008 interest rate compression engineered by global central banks have resulted in a massive accumulation of debt by both sovereign and corporate issuers.
– U.S. corporate (non-financial) bonds outstanding have grown by 63% to over $6.3 trillion just since 2011.
– U.S. government debt outstanding has ballooned by 148% to over $15.8 trillion since 2008.

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CASH is BACK

Cash is back, maybe not to the levels seen in the 80’s, but certainly providing competition to most risk assets. Keep in mind, interest rates in many parts of the developed world remain grounded at zero, so even to have this discussion is a bit of a luxury for dollar-based investors and those domiciled in the USA.

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