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Tim Fortier

Tim Fortier, founder of PortfolioCafe, is a 26-year veteran of the investment industry. Tim began his career with a Midwest regional NYSE member firm where he specialized in institutional fixed income strategies and systematic stock selection methodologies. He was among the early users of Internet based databases that allowed for security screening and technical analysis.
The Wall Street Journal recently ran the article by Jason Zweig titled, “This Is Your Brain on a Hot Streak”. Zweig notes a nationwide investor survey that shows we are hardwired to miss the
Low-priced stocks are perhaps the single most alluring and frightening segment of the equity landscape. Prices ranging from pennies to just a few dollars per share can elicit feelings of
Come gather round [investors] wherever you roam And admit that the waters around you have grown And accept it that soon you'll be drenched to the bone If your [money] to you is worth
Unlimited choices produce genuine suffering according to Dr. Barry Schwartz.In his book Paradox of Choice - Can Having Too Many Choices Make You Unhappy, Dr. Schwartz argues that more choices make
Over the weekend I got an email from another index ETF vendor slamming active investing.  “Once again active managers underperformed their respective indexes.” The email criticized active
“It’s a dangerous business … going out your door. You step on the road, and if you don’t keep your feet… there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.”? J.R.R. Tolkien, the
You may or may not have seen the 60 Minutes broadcast late last year exposing insider trading in Congress.  The exposé certainly grabbed the headlines.  But—as it turns out—all this insider
In What Works on Wall Street: A Guide to the Best Performing Investment Strategies of all Time, money manager and market researcher James O’Shaughnessy tells you why models win.“Models never
Since 1994, Dalbar, Inc. has been measuring the effects of investor’s decisions to buy and sell investments. They have also studied the tendency for investors to switch in and out of