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Weekly Articles by Osbon Capital Management:

The Devil’s Financial Dictionary

Apr 15, 2019 - John Osbon ( 7 mins to read)

Long time financial writer Jason Zweig published The Devil’s Financial Dictionary in 2015. The book is both factual and lighthearted. It’s easy to see our personal weaknesses in Zweig’s Dictionary. He says that the definitions are “mostly true.” He also uses a red dollar sign to flag things that may not be technically true, but still say something about the industry. I have been reading the Dictionary for several weeks and have picked out a few favorites for you to…

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Avoid the Situations that Lead to Investment Mistakes

Apr 3, 2019 - Max Osbon ( 6 mins to read)

Why do people sometimes make bad decisions? Even smart, open-minded, thoughtful people can and do make poor choices. But why? This article is inspired by a conversation between two of my favorite thinkers, Shane Parish of Farnam Street and Adam Robinson, founder of the Princeton Review. Their research identifies situations where we are prone to mistakes and poor judgment — specific circumstances where we should just not make any important decisions. Here are the fundamental sources of mistakes, often inevitable,…

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When Is Passive Too Passive?

Mar 12, 2019 - Max Osbon ( 7 mins to read)

Regular readers and clients know Osbon Capital Management as an early and continued champion of index investing. Five years ago the distinction between active management and passive indexing was fairly well defined. Passive meant holding a market cap weighted basket of stocks. Active investors practiced stock picking, and some market timing, hoping to avoid the losers and find the winners. Over time that distinction has become far more nuanced. We now see many variations and shades of passive… and clear…

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Warren Buffett’s Insight Never Gets Old

Feb 27, 2019 - Max Osbon ( 5 mins to read)

On Saturday, Berkshire Hathaway released its annual shareholder letter. For investment professionals and BRK aficionados, it’s something to look forward to every year as must-read. The beauty of the letter, penned by Warren Buffett, is how well his comments about Berkshire, one of the world’s most valuable companies, apply to individual investors. Here’s what we learned this year from the 54th annual letter:

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A Look At Business Cycle Confidence

Feb 20, 2019 - John Osbon ( 5 mins to read)

The business cycle has gone onward and upward for ten years. That has meant positive returns for investors in equities, debt and real estate alike. The question of when it ends seems to be a perennial question. It's a question that we hear often from clients, prospects, friends and family. Headlines can be particularly unhelpful as their news model is often reliant on triggering emotional reactions for clicks. To us, it doesn’t look like the cycle ends anytime soon. Here…

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How To Know A Client

Feb 13, 2019 - Max Osbon ( 5 mins to read)

We often start new client conversations by asking a simple and direct question, “What does the ideal investment relationship look like to you?” No two answers have been the same. Whether the individual is most interested in sharing ideas, taxes, trusts and estate, investing or something else, a good advisor actively works to know and understand their client. Here’s what that looks like.

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House, Home or Investment?

Jan 30, 2019 - John Osbon ( 6 mins to read)

We have made comments before about investing in real estate. This week our entire article is devoted to investment real estate. The goal of allocating money to real estate is largely the same as putting money into stocks. The investor wants growth and income. The similarities end there.

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Three Ways To Get the Family Involved in 2019

Jan 9, 2019 - Max Osbon ( 4 mins to read)

The power and beauty of true family wealth is that it has the power to make a difference generation after generation. Therein also lies the challenge. Passing on the knowledge and values younger generations need to put wealth to work in a sustainable way for the family and for others is a specific area of education not taught in school. What will they need to know? Where should you start? How much information is too much? To get you started,…

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When Markets Say One Thing And Do Another

Dec 19, 2018 - John Osbon ( 5 mins to read)

Many commentators on the short-term state of markets are warning that investment results could get much worse. Bond and stock markets, both domestic and international, have been testing investor patience over the last few months. The attention-hungry headlines don’t square with many of today's realities. Here is some added context.

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