Don’t Fall in Love with your Stocks

Every day I talk to another investor who has a huge gain and concentrated position in America’s favorite company, Apple, Inc. I am willing to bet that no company stock has enriched as many individual investors as Apple. Whether it was the iPod in 2003 or the iPhone in 2007, Americans were buying more than…

Caught in the Rain

I am visiting family in Alabama this week and enjoying daily hikes in the hilly woods near their home. Here among the red clay and pine trees, I am in my element. There is no place on Earth that I am not only from but of than central Alabama. I feel it when I arrive,…

Lying with Numbers

Lately, I am seeing a lot of “lies, damn lies, and statistics” floating around about everything from coronavirus, to the markets, to police brutality. It’s a good reminder that most Americans do not live in datasets like I do.  Most are unaccustomed to finding denominator blindness, cherry-picked data, and the misuse of averages. Luckily, there’s…

This Week in Women

More Republican Women than Ever are Running for Congress NPR When the dust settled after the 2018 Democratic wave, the ranks of Republican women had been decimated. Just 13 were left standing. “It was really such a kick to all of the Republican women,” Rep. Susan Brooks, R-Ind., told NPR. “We were really not expecting…

This Week in Women

19th Amendment anniversary celebration will put women on Mt. Rushmore, temporarily Washington Post For two weeks, Abigail Adams, Sojourner Truth, Clara Barton, Harriet Tubman, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Ida B. Wells, Alice Paul, Jeannette Rankin, Gladys Pyle, Mabel Ping-Hua Lee, Zitkala-Sa, Nellie Tayloe Ross and Rosa Parks will be projected in pairs flanking…

The Worst Dilemma in Investing

Maybe you saw the coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent economic devastation that it would cause. Maybe you knew the stock market would fall dramatically. Or perhaps you missed the initial selloff but sold stocks before the worst of the carnage in March. What a relief. You were sitting in cash while the market dropped 35%…

This Week in Black Women

I have struggled to find the words to convey the pain I feel about racial injustice and inequality in my country. I worry that I don’t deserve to say anything about it at all, that I am not qualified to comment. But I am glad the spark his finally been lit, and that we are…

A Market No One Could Predict

Close your eyes and imagine you are transported back to the end of December. I tell you that next year, a highly infectious and deadly, respiratory virus will break out in China. It will not be contained and will spread to every country in the world within a few months, infecting millions and killing hundreds…

To the Class of 2020

I have thought about this year’s high school graduating class many time since the pandemic began closing schools. I regret that they are missing out on rites of passage like prom, graduation, and those last few weeks on campus where everything is wrapped up and nothing seems to matter. Many have plans to attend colleges…

This Week in Women

‘I had to choose being a mother’: With no childcare or summer camps, women are bring edged out of the workforce The Lily There is not enough time to do everything. Families have to make tough choices: If a ball must be dropped, which one should it be? Chances are, in a heterosexual couple, it…