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Weekly Articles by Osbon Capital Management:

Let the kids touch the money

Jul 5, 2017 - Steve Mott ( 5 mins to read)

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


Buffett’s Bet on the Index: Year 9

Mar 29, 2017 - Steve Mott ( 3 mins to read)

It’s that time of year again – time to update the scoreboard on the million dollar wager Warren Buffett made with Protégé Partners in 2008. It was a ten-year bet, pitting a basket of five hedge funds chosen by Protégé against Buffett’s no-frills pick, Vanguard’s S&P 500 Index fund. There’s just one year left to go. Which side is on top?


Financial Festivus

Dec 21, 2016 - Steve Mott ( 2 mins to read)

It just wouldn’t be late December without Festivus, the holiday for the rest of us. This wonderful fake celebration became part of American lore in 1997 when Seinfeld’s Frank Costanza described its bare aluminum pole, Feats of Strength, and the special dinner devoted to the Airing of Grievances. While we wish you nothing but the happiest holiday season, let’s talk Financial Festivus for a moment.


One Crucial Last Step Before The New Year Begins

Dec 30, 2015 - Steve Mott ( 3 mins to read)

January 1 is just hours away. You may mark this milestone by making resolutions for a better diet, more exercise, or a more productive lifestyle. But before you get too focused on turning over a new leaf, we suggest you take a moment to deal with the old leaves, yesterday’s baggage that holds you back. Here’s a quick exercise that can help set you free for a wonderful year ahead. Acknowledge. Admit. Accept. We all make mistakes, dozens every day, at home and at work. Some trivial and some tha...


7 Ways Investment Professionals Add Value

Jul 29, 2015 - Steve Mott ( 4 mins to read)

Sure, you could save a lot of money if you eliminated all the specialized professionals in your life. You could rewire your own kitchen, represent yourself in court, and suture up your next nasty cut. You could, but you probably won’t. Because the benefit of hiring a professional outweighs the cost. The same applies in investing, although many still try to manage their own portfolios. Here are ...


The Secrets to Better Investing are Not Secrets

Jul 1, 2015 - Steve Mott ( 4 mins to read)

Most providers of investment guidance want you to believe that they have some kind of mysterious secret, a magic key that unlocks a hidden universe of market-beating performance. Maybe it’s proprietary company research, access to exclusive hedge funds, or the decoder ring for price/volume charts. The complexity of these secrets may make them seem important and compelling, but we know that the r...


Getting It Half Right Is Still Wrong

Sep 3, 2014 - Steve Mott ( 5 mins to read)

We all see the light in different ways at different times.  Here's how it went for Osbon Capital editor Steve Mott. I don't remember exactly how I was introduced to index investing, but I was well ahead of the curve. I liked the idea of owning all the big company stocks without having to figure out which ones would be the big winners, so I started buying Vanguard's S&P 500 index fund in the ear...


Normal? Who can say?

Jul 23, 2014 - Steve Mott ( 4 mins to read)

Gary Shilling sells economic forecasts to institutional investors and corporations. He also provides investment advice to individuals. He basically makes a living by predicting what will happen in the economy and markets. Over his 35 year career he has sometimes been right, and sometimes been wrong. In general, he has predicted far more doom and gloom than has materialized. His latest post is much more upbeat. When Gary is optimistic, it catches my attention. Right or wrong, I found it to be ...