Background on Ben Carlson: I have been managing institutional investment portfolios since 2005. My career began with an investment consulting firm developing portfolio strategies for pensions, foundations, endowments, hospitals, insurance companies and high net worth individuals. Now I’m part of a team that manages a large investment portfolio for an endowment fund of a charitable organization.
In 2010 I received the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) designation.
The thing I enjoy the most about finance is the fact that you are forced to continuously learn to keep up. The financial markets can be overwhelming to outside observers, but I’ve found that most of the simple common sense stuff still gets the best results.
Less is more is one of my guiding principles.
Albert Einstein once said, “If you can’t explain it to a six year old, you don’t understand it yourself.”
The best investors that I have followed in my career can do just that. They make the complex more understandable and put difficult concepts into common sense language.
That is what I strive to do here as well.
I’m also currently a contributor to Yahoo! Finance. See here for more.
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See some of my media mentions below:
- The Inspiring Story of the World’s Worst Market Timer Ever (CNBC)
- The Cruel Psychology of the 1,000 Point Drop (Wall Street Journal)
- Meet the Author of One of Wall Street’s Most Read Blogs (MarketWatch)
- 60 of My Favorite Value Investing Resources You’d Be Crazy to Miss (ValueWalk)
- Here’s a great chart showing all the times people thought, ‘This is the top’ (Business Insider)
- Investing: Time for a No-Bond Portfolio? (USA Today)
- 8 Blogs You Should Follow (Investment News)
- Some Advisers Like ‘Active Share’ Too Much (WSJ MoneyBeat)
- Premature ‘Sell in May’ action stirs up more bubble banter (MarketWatch)
- The Value of a Classic in a Turbocharged World (New York Times)
- Schwab keeps forced cash allocation for newly announced advisers’ robo (Investment News)
- 20 Financial Advisors to Follow on Twitter (Investment News)
- A Dozen Things I’ve Learned About Investing from Ben Carlson (25iq)
- What I Read and Why (Motley Fool)
- How to Completely Blow an Interview by Andrew Ross Sorkin (Gawker)
- ‘Robo-advisor’ promises to beat ETFs at their own game (Yahoo! Finance)
- Drama aside, stocks have had a ‘normal’ decade. Is that a relief or a worry? (Yahoo! Finance)
- Rising Rates Aren’t Poison For Stocks (Wall Street Journal)
- These Twitter Pros are Must Follows for 2015 (MarketWatch)
- ‘The Colbert Report’ leaves us 5 important investing rules to live by (MarketWatch)
- Why the All-Weather Portfolio is a Wash-Out (Washington Post)
- Markets, Lies and Garbage (Bloomberg)
- Investment Insights Via Yield Curve, Ray Dalio (Barron’s)
- Trade Against a Self-Help Genius (Bloomberg)
- Growing Economy Doesn’t Guarantee Stock Gains (Wall Street Journal)
- The smartest way to decouple from global growth scares right now (MarketWatch)
- Word to the Wise: Finding Investment Insight Online (Irish Times)
- Debating “Sell in May” and Berkshire Hathaway (Barron’s)
- Why it’s Tough to Make Money with Sector ETFs in One Chart (MarketWatch)
- Wealth Advisor: When clients ask, ‘Is now the time to invest?’ (Wall Street Journal)
- Why lagging small caps might not bring down the S&P 500 (MarketWatch)
- One gold bug warns of a ‘human tragedy of epic proportions (MarketWatch)
- Time, not timing, is key to investment success (Washington Post)
- No, new ‘all-time highs’ don’t mean the market is due for a crash (MarketWatch)