Articles

Written by Max & John Osbon

What is the Penalty Economy?

August 16, 2017 - Max Osbon

The penalty economy’s objective is to guide people into paying more than they intend when they are confused, distracted or too busy to care. It’s not necessarily illegal or even unethical. Have you been spending money in the penalty economy?

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The New Philanthropy Page

August 7, 2017 - John Osbon

Charity is a basic human instinct. The desire to help others with money, time or talent is wired into our very selves. With that in mind, we’re pleased to announce this morning the new Osbon Capital philanthropy page.

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What are Anti-Goals?

August 1, 2017 - Max Osbon

Charlie Munger, Warren Buffet’s longtime business partner, has said, “A lot of success in life comes from knowing what you want to avoid: early death, bad marriage, etc.” Charlie was talking about a problem solving technique called “inversion.” We use the term “anti-goals.” Either way, focusing on what you want to avoid is a very powerful tool.

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Decathlon Raises $100k for the kids

July 26, 2017 - John Osbon

Over the weekend, Max and I participated in our favorite event of the year, the D10. It’s a decathlon for professionals from the financial industry and other fields. Dozens of us spent Saturday at the MIT track running, jumping, throwing and lifting. We love the competition and the cause. This year’s Boston event raised $100,000 for pediatric cancer. 

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Four Ways To Give Up Certainty 

July 19, 2017 - John Osbon

In the investment industry, “certainty” is typically defined in terms of a specific guaranteed return. For instance, savings accounts and US Treasury Bills offer certain (but low) returns. T-Bills are finally paying some interest now, a whopping .98% annually. Call it one percent, or $10,000 dollars on $1 million, essentially risk-free.

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To Give or Not To Give

July 12, 2017 - Emily Scott

When asked what one of the bigger personal challenges a philanthropist faces, the answer often is “saying no when asked for funding, board participation, or a time commitment.”  At The Philanthropy Workshop, where I am an alumna, we refer to this as the investment of our time, treasure, and talent.

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Let the kids touch the money

July 5, 2017 - Steve Mott

Would you turn your family checkbook over to a twelve year-old kid? My mother did. It went better than you might expect.

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A Peek at the Future

June 28, 2017 - Max Osbon

I spent the weekend at an invite-only financial regulation round table hosted by Jo Ann Barefoot, senior fellow at Harvard and a veteran of the financial regulation world. Jo Ann founded the Barefoot Innovation Group. Over the course of the weekend we discussed the symbiosis (interaction) of the old guard and the new in banking, lending, asset management and regtech (regulation technology). Here is what we learned.

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5 Summer Investment Goals For Your Kids

June 21, 2017 - Max Osbon

Given that the first official day of Summer was yesterday, June 21st, we thought it would be appropriate to suggest a handful of financial and investment goals for your family to explore over the next thirteen weeks. We’re all busy, so I selected these because they’re short, sweet and effective. See if you can manage to tackle all five before September 22nd.

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Four Reasons It’s Time To Sell

June 14, 2017 - Max Osbon

We’ve noticed that some clients have two problems: significant cash balances as well as significant capital gains. Clients can sometimes be torn between investing more, or lightening up. On an investment journey, those courses of action seem small now but are crucial over the long run. Here are four reasons you might want to sell.

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Another Crisis Anniversary

June 7, 2017 - John Osbon

It’s been one heck of a year. Almost one year ago our crisis year began. From Brexit to Trump to Brazil this past year it has been one unexpected event after another. How can a reasonable person invest through such chaos? If we look more closely, you’ll see there’s a way.

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The D10: Ten events. Infinite challenge.

May 31, 2017 - Max Osbon

Our favorite event of the year has a new name for 2017 – The D10 – but the big idea hasn’t changed. Each summer we run, jump, throw, lift and more, all for charity. The competition is fast approaching in July. We’re excited, working hard to get ready, and raising money for Dana Farber too.

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Investment Journey

May 24, 2017 - John Osbon

It happens to many of us. You get to the point where you decide about your family’s investment management. It can happen when the dollar amounts or time required to manage investments exceed what’s comfortable for a do-it-yourself situation, or the legal, tax or estate planning aspects get too complicated. Four prospective clients are going through that right now: an entrepreneur couple, a lawyer, an independent woman and an investment executive. If you are curious about how they do it, read on about this real-time investment journey with real people.

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New Technology For Estates

May 17, 2017 - John Osbon

Where do you keep your most important information and documents? Are they secure, easy to access and available to share with others who need them? A new tool from Fidelity just made that whole issue much simpler and more convenient – for you and your family. Fidelity now lets you store, access and share digital copies of your family’s most important documents, at no cost. This is cloud computing at its best and most personal. Read on for simple next steps.

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Three Budget Habits of the Truly Wealthy

May 10, 2017 - Max Osbon

Budgeting is like dieting, when it’s too strict it quickly falls apart. Fortunately there are simple ways to get around the challenges linked to budget discipline. Lead by example and teach your family members to follow these habits and you’ll ensure their financial stability in any environment. Here are three tried and tested habits:

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