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How to Overcome Investor Paralysis
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How to Overcome Investor Paralysis
Many people feel paralyzed about investing, especially if they’ve invested little or nothing in the market before.
Investors are bombarded with conflicting messages about whether the stock market will continue hitting new highs or is a house of cards waiting to self-destructIf the experts are so unsure, it’s understandable that the average investor can’t decide how or when to invest.
While people don’t want to miss out on future gains, they also don’t want to look foolish by buying at record highs before a crashBut looking at it that way almost guarantees procrastinationShort-term market moves don’t matter a lot.
Many people hold a misconceived notion that you have to jump into and out of the market at the right timeWhile the market can be a roller coaster, so long as you have a long enough time horizon, it’s worth the ride.
To overcome paralysis and indecision, start out smallInvesting isn’t an all or nothing decisionPutting small amounts of money to work over time reduces your market-entry risk and is an effective way to conquer investor paralysis.
Diversification reduces risk and can increase your comfort levelWhile large-cap U.Sstock funds should be a core holding, they’re not the only game in townInvestors should also invest in bonds, small caps, natural resources and real estate fundsThey should also include foreign stock funds in the mixI recommend having about 35 percent of your equities in foreign stock funds.
Developing a long-term investment strategy and maintaining your investment mix regardless of market conditions is a better way to ensure success than trying jump into and out of the market.
Besides paralysis, here are some other common cognitive traps:
RecencyThis is the assumption that conditions created by a recent event will persist or recur into the futurePerformance in the recent past is arguably the least useful information about an investmentBut recent performance data is easy to understand and can be dramatic.
OverconfidenceIn Garrison Keillor’s mythical Lake Wobegone, all the children are above averageMost investors believe they too are above average—and less overconfident than other investors to bootIf you’re convinced you are a mini-Buffett, you may put too much money in one stock that can’t loseYou may also try to time the stock market instead of sticking to a long-term plan.
FamiliarityMany people invest most of their money in areas they feel they know best, rather than in a properly diversified portfolio.
Loss aversionInvestors often feel the need to make a change to their portfolio when markets are fallingInaction can feel neglectful or foolish, especially if everyone else is furiously taking actionBut making changes on the fly is often the worst thing you can do.
Fortune-tellingOne of the biggest mistakes investors make is trying to trade based on a prediction everyone accepts. If you expect a recession based on something you read in The Wall Street Journal or heard on CNN, stay calmThat possibility is already baked into the current market price of investmentsTrying to avoid the next market meltdown or identify the next hot market is a false hope.
Ben Sullivan, Certified Financial Planner (CFP©), is a client service and portfolio manager with Palisades Hudson in Austin, TexasHe wrote the chapter on the topic in the book “Looking Ahead: Life, Family, Wealth and Business After 55.” More information is available at www.palisadeshudson.com/bookChapters on investor psychology and estate planning can be downloaded free
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Palisades Hudson Financial Group is a fee-only financial planning firm and investment manager based Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with about $1.4 billion under managementIt offers financial planning, wealth management, and tax servicesIts Entertainment and Sports Team serves entertainers and professional athletesBranch offices are in Stamford, Connecticut; Atlanta, Georgia; Portland, Oregon; and Austin, Texas.
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A Loved One’s Death May Spur Women to Take Aggressive Measures against Breast Cancer
A woman’s memories of a loved one’s experience with cancer may play a significant role in how she approaches breast cancer prevention in her own life, a new study has found.
Women whose family members or friends died of cancer were far likelier to approach prevention aggressively than were those whose loved ones survived the disease, according to a new study.
“The cancer of someone you care about is a lens through which you interpret your own risk,” said Tasleem Padamsee, an assistant professor of health services management and policy at The Ohio State University and lead author of the study.
The findings we published in the Journal of Health Psychology.
“Our study suggests that that experience has an impact on how women make decisions about prevention,” said Padamsee, who also is part of Ohio State’s Comprehensive Cancer Center.
She interviewed 50 women at elevated risk of developing breast cancer in hopes of better understanding why some women opt for protective measures, including removal of their breasts and taking medication while others do notThirty of the women were white and 20 were African-American.
The study’s design intentionally included open-ended questions to help ensure that the researchers’ own ideas about which factors matter most wouldn’t bias the findings, Padamsee said.
“We wanted to understand what information high-risk women are using to make their choices about genetic testing, prophylactic surgery and medication and we were able to learn a lot by listening to how each woman told her personal story.”
The researchers divided study participants into four categories based on how the women described their lifetime experiences with cancer, ranging from those with little to no close experience to those who had a traumatic exposure to cancer, usually because a loved one (often the woman’s mother) died.
Most of the women in the study had breast cancer risk well above the 12 percent average lifetime risk for all womenAccording to a news release from Ohio State, women whose genes put them at a 20 percent or higher lifetime risk of developing breast cancer may benefit from medical interventions including advanced and more frequent imaging, prophylactic removal of the breasts and anti-estrogen medications such as tamoxifenAnd, according to the news release, researchers know that each of those methods is used far less often than clinical guidelines recommend.
Padamsee said she was somewhat surprised by how much influence watching friends or family experience cancer had on women’s own approach to prevention, even among women with similar risk levels.
“Women who had traumatic experiences were more likely to view breast cancer as a death sentence while those with more positive experiences perceived it as a hardship, but one that could be overcome,” she said“And the women who had a trauma are the ones who were really willing to consider more aggressive options.”
Women in the three study groups who had not lived through a traumatic cancer experience with a loved one were generally oriented toward mammography as a prevention tool and were open to the idea of genetic testingOverall, they weren’t interested in more aggressive options unless a genetic test confirmed a predisposition to breast cancer.
Padamsee said she was troubled that some of the women were not aware of prevention options for which they would be potential candidates and that many said that financial barriers stood in the way of their pursuit of genetic testing.
“A lot of women said, ‘If I had the test and I knew I had a mutation, then I would have surgery,’ and that tells me that we need to work on making sure more women have access to those tests,” she said.
The next step in this research will include a more detailed examination of factors, including race and socioeconomic status, that likely contribute to prevention choices, Padamsee said.
In the newly published study, African American participants were more likely than white participants to view cancer as a monolithic disease and to not talk about breast cancer as a specific illness that could be prevented with approaches beyond routine mammography and healthful living, Padamsee said.
That could be because of barriers to seeing specialists who could help educate women about their options, she said.
“My goal is to empower women so that they know their risks and their options and can make the health care choices that are consistent with their own values,” Padamsee said.
Expert Tips for Helping the School-Aged Athlete Avoid Burnout and Injury
According to Stanford Children’s Health, there are over 3.5 million children who sustain sports-related injuries every yearAdd to that the notion that around 70% of kids who play organized youth sports quit by the time they turn 13, and it’s clear to see the red flagsThose who have a school-aged athlete can help them to avoid being injured and becoming burned out, leading to a longer love of and participation in sports.
Many parents start out seeing how their child loves a particular sport, only to be surprised when they either walk away from it altogether or they end up with injuriesThe good news is that by taking a proactive approach, this can largely be avoidedI’ve worked with many young athletes and have helped them to avoid injuries and hold onto that passion for the game.
Research published in the journal Orthopedic Clinics of North America, estimates that 30 to 45 million children participate in organized sports each yearAlong with the increase in the number of children participating in sports, there is an increase in the number of injuries that take placeThey estimate that over half of all youth sports-related injuries each year are due to overuse, which is an injury that results from constant stress without enough recovery time.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, overuse injury is damage that happens to the bone, muscle, ligament, or tendon from repetitive stress without giving the body time to healThey report that overuse injuries have four stages, which include pain after the activity, pain during the activity that does not restrict performance, pain during that activity that does restrict performance, and chronic, persistent pain even when at rest.
The other issue plaguing many young athletes is burnout, which is the mental changes that can affect performanceSigns of an athlete being burned out include having performance changes, lacking motivation to play the sport, no longer getting enjoyment out of playing it, and having emotional changesBurnout can happen when an athlete is focusing too much one particular sport and not taking adequate breaks from it, as well as from the pressure to be too competitive.
I have worked with countless young athletes, helping them to reduce their risks for injury, as well as to avoid burnoutHere are her tips that parents and coaches can use to help the young athletes in their lives avoid injury and burnout:
Avoid playing only one sport. Being a multi-sport athlete will create a change in season, allow them to stay engaged without being bored, and help the body recover to avoid repetitive injuries.
Listen to their feedback. If the child is under the age of 14 or15, they could express consistent complaints of fatigue or disinterest, which means that they would need a break. For athletes over 15, it may be more an issue of adjusting to using recovery methods. But in either case, these are initial signs of an athlete who is becoming burnt outThis needs to be addressed so they can come back to the sport in a more refreshed way mentally and physically.
Stress a healthy lifestyle. Encourage young athletes to get plenty of sleep; follow age-recommended guidelines for a pediatrician. Also, encourage healthy eating habits to help them feel better, recover faster, and keep their mind fresh.
Keep it fun and enjoyable. Trying to deemphasize competitiveness if they are feeling burnt outLook at overall communication over the sport; shift the focus on being fun not as much competition.
Focus more on strength. Engage in strength training to reduce risk of injury, increase recovery time, and come back to the sport stronger so they can be better and have more fun. A research study published in 2017 in the journal Sports Health reported that overuse injuries are preventable, and that muscular imbalances after accelerated growth periods predispose young athletes to overuse injuriesThey recommend modifiable risk factors such as flexibility, strength, and training volume should be regularly monitored to help prevent the injuries.
Pull back on pressure. External pressures the high school athletes can feel from parents, coaches, etcabout to go to college and play could decrease interest, which would lead to a burnout.
Over the last generation or two there has been a big emphasis on raising star athletesThere’s nothing wrong with that, but there are some precautions and steps people should take so that it doesn’t lead to problemsYou want your athlete to be happy with playing sports, reduce injury risks, and to play for years to come.
Sarah Walls has over 15 years experience in coaching and personal trainingOwner of SAPT Strength & Performance Training, Inc, founded in 2007, she offers coaching to develop athletes, adult programs, team training, and has an online coaching programShe is also the strength and conditioning coach for the WNBA’s Washington Mystics, and has over eight years of experience working as an NCAA D1 strength and conditioning coach and personal trainerTo learn more, visit the site: www.saptstrength.com.
SAPT Strength & Performance Training, Inc.
Located in Fairfax, Virginia, SAPT Strength & Performance Training, Incis a high-performance training club that specializes in helping to develop athletes of all agesThey offer athletic training programs for youth, college students, and amateursThe company was founded in 2007 by Sarah Walls, a professional strength and conditioning coach and personal trainer with NCAA D1 experience, who is the strength and conditioning coach for the WNBA Washington Mystics teamTo learn more, visit the site: www.saptstrength.com.
Helping Veterinarians Navigate Complex Care Situations
Advances in veterinary technology provide pet owners with an ever-increasing array of treatment options for their petsHowever, more options can lead to complex situations and difficult questions about care goals and quality of life that must be navigated by veterinary caregivers and pet ownersClinicians and researchers from North Carolina State University and Duke University have developed a first-of-its-kind veterinary medical ethics committee to aid care providers in navigating these situationsThe research appeared in February 2018 in the American Journal of Bioethics.
A release from North Carolina State University reports that Jeannine Moga, a veterinary social worker at NC State, has seen some of these issues firsthand and quotes her as saying, “Even though everyone involved in an animal’s case is trying to act in the animal’s best interest, determining the best course moving forward can lead to conflicts and that can be distressing for the people involved.” I wanted to find an ethics-based way to help our hospital staff address differences and form consensus in these cases.”
Moga contacted DrPhilip Rosoff for guidance and advice on how to proceedRosoff, pediatric oncologist and director of the clinical ethics program at Duke University Hospital, is corresponding author of a new paper describing the committee’s formation“The establishment and growth of veterinary specialty hospitals for very sick animals is a relatively recent phenomenon,” Rosoff says“It’s not surprising that veterinary hospitals also now see the need for ethics committees to mediate and adjudicate disputes about care.”
Together, Rosoff, Moga and Bruce Keene, Jane Lewis Seaks Distinguished Professor of Companion Animal Medicine at NC State, set out to adapt human ethics committee guidelines currently in use to address issues in a veterinary hospital, creating NC State’s first Clinical Ethics Committee (CEC).
“The pediatric model works very well for our situation in veterinary medicine,” Keene says“In both cases, you’re dealing with a patient who cannot advocate for him or herself, and a decision-maker who is very involved in the processHowever, we do deal with some thorny issues – such as euthanasia – that human hospitals do not.”
The CEC consists of seven people: three doctors, three veterinary technicians and a social workerWhen cases arise, as many as four or as few as two members of the committee meet with the veterinary patient’s care team to serve as a resource or a sounding boardThe entire process operates independently from the academic and business aspects of the NC State veterinary hospital to avoid conflicts of interestThe CEC formed in late 2016 and as of December 2017 had worked on seven casesWhile the CEC currently serves veterinary clinicians, staff and students, Moga hopes to expand its availability to hospital clients in the near future.
“Our job is not to make treatment recommendations,” Moga says“We are there to make sure that any ethical issues raised are dealt with openly and fairlySometimes it’s as simple as just getting everyone in the same room to hash things out.
“Figuring out which medical options are feasible and ethical in a way that also respects client autonomy can be difficult, but dealing with ethical issues pre-emptively rather than reactively is in everyone’s best interest.”
Corresponding author Rosoff is also a resident scholar of the Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities and History of Medicine and a professor of pediatrics and medicine at Duke University School of MedicineMoga and Keene are co-authors along with Chris Adin, associate professor of surgery, Callie Fogle, clinical associate professor of equine surgery, veterinary technicians Heather Hopkinson and Charity Weyhrauch, and NC School of Science and Math student Rachel Ruderman.
What Do Your White Blood Cells Have to Do With the Flu?
As part of your annual physical, your doctor may order a complete blood count (CBC) to evaluate your overall healthThis is a very important test that measures your white blood cellsYour white blood cells play a critical role in your fight against the flu and other viruses and infectionsThink of your white blood cells as being “immune system cells”You want to have the optimal number of these cells to ensure you are in the best position to combat viruses and infections.
There are generally five types of white blood cells:
MonocytesThey help to break down bacteria.
LymphocytesThey create antibodies to defend against bacteria, viruses and other potentially harmful invaders.
NeutrophilsThey kill and digest bacteria and fungi.
BasophilsThey reportedly sound an alarm when infectious agents invade your bloodThey secrete chemicals such as histamine, a marker of allergic disease, that help control the body’s i
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