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2020: Good, Bad, and Ugly

I am receiving holiday cards in the mail each day. One of my favorites states “Good Riddance 2020”. While I wholeheartedly agree, it got me thinking about all that has happened this year. And you know what? Not all of it was bad, not by a long shot. So here’s my summary of what happened…

A Time to Think

Somehow we’ve made it to Thanksgiving 2020. Just as I have for the past six years, I will be taking a four day break from the internet. No email, no Twitter, no Instagram, no Slack messages, nothing. I use this time to clear my head and to think. All of these internet distractions get in…

A Conversation with Michigan State Students

My college years still feel like yesterday. There are few things that excite more than speaking to today’s undergraduates who are studying financial planning.  So, when a student from Michigan State University emailed me about appearing on their podcast, I said yes without hesitation. How cool is it that students are creating their own podcasts?…

How I Invest My Money

I am excited to announce that I contributed a chapter to a beautiful book “How I Invest My Money” co-edited by my CEO Josh Brown and friend Brian Portnoy. The official publication date is November 17, and you can pre-order your copy here. The genesis of this book is a blog post written by Josh…

Introducing Anne

Last Tuesday, February 4, 2020, our daughter Anne Louise leMercier duQuesnay was born. Our lives are changed forever. We did not know her gender prior to the birth, and I thought I had no preference. Now I cannot imagine her any other way. It makes perfect sense that I should have the honor of raising…

The Belle Curve Turns One

It’s official. I’ve been blogging here for exactly one year today. When I revisit my first post and remember my expectations and concerns about starting a blog, I am filled with gratitude. This is my 83rd post, not bad, a little more than 1.5 times per week for an entire year. Given the rate of…

Until We Get the Whole Dollar

On January 21, 2017 the largest single day protest in U.S. history occurred. In cities across the U.S. and around the world, an estimated 7 million women marched in protest of a wave of anti-women rhetoric spurred by the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States. It was also the day after…

What My CFA Charter Means to Me

Today, thousands of candidates from every corner of the globe will sit for a CFA exam. The CFA designation, which stands for Chartered Financial Analyst, is billed as the premier, global designation for professionals working in investment management. It has been dubbed ‘the gold standard’ in the investment industry.  In addition to a credential, it…

Voice – The Future of the Internet

You may have read or heard our CEO, Josh Brown, declare voice the future of the internet. I agree with him. I already ask Alexa to turn off my lamps and tell me the news and weather. I love listening to podcasts and taking calls with my AirPods, and I wish Siri was better integrated…

This Week on The Belle Curve – Mardi Gras

I’m in the heart of Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans, and my final paper for graduate school is due Sunday. Somehow, between parades and lunches in the French Quarter, I will submit that assignment. Wish me luck. I was a guest on a couple of podcasts that dropped this week. When I was in…