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10
Nov

Make Volatility Great Again!

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    Election season is finally over, and like most of you, we are breathing a sigh of relief.  Trump’s win was a big upset for 50% of us, while the other 50% are already cautiously optimistic for the secession of California. The obvious question at hand is what it all means for us as […]

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27
Oct

Carden Capital Talks Systematic Investing on Strategic Investor Radio

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In this episode of Strategic Investor Radio, host Charley Wright interviews Sean Wright – no relation – of Carden Capital.  Sean is the founder and a Managing Partner of Carden, which is known for its unique investment strategies applied for institutions, mutual funds, private investors, and advisors.   Sean discusses Carden Capital’s “Vol Prowler” a […]

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13
Oct

The Toilet Paper Paradox

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Too Much Toilet Paper – Or “The Paradox of Choice”     Have you ever experienced the pain of having to make choices in the toilet paper aisle of any North American supermarket? The psychologist Barry Schwartz extensively researched the issue and came to a controversial conclusion in his 2004 book “The Paradox Of Choice […]

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05
Oct

How AC/DC’s Angus Young Taught Me the Greatest Lesson in Finance

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  It was the summer of 1992, and Carden Capital’s Sean Wright had just seen AC/DC play at the Monsters of Rock concert in Hannover, Germany.  Backstage, after the concert, Sean was talking with Angus Young, the legendary guitarist for the band, whose trademark schoolboy uniform and biting guitar sound have won millions of fans […]

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29
Sep

Hasta La Vista, Baby!

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    Do you remember the thrill of pitting man versus machine in the Terminator?  The narrative suggests the humans ultimately win the epic battle. In the real world, however, Sarah Connor would have been toast. The battle has long been won by machines. The resulting possibilities are far reaching and for the most part […]

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22
Sep

The Investment Industry: A Basket of Deplorables?

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The Investment Industry: A Basket of Deplorables? Knowledge Arbitrage: Works Against You Incentives need to be aligned. Does your advisor make money when you trade? Egregious Examples of Customer Betrayal Churn and Burn at Dean Witter Private Securities: 10% commission high enough? High Cost S&P 500 Mutual Funds: Why do they exist? Make Sure You […]

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16
Sep

How Do You Know Whom You Should Trust? Here are Four Criteria to Find Out.

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  Trust is the key to all successful human relationships.  In our lives we have to trust others.  From the moment we are born, we are hard wired to trust others because without their help, we would never make it.  At some point in our lives, however, we regrettably learn that we can’t trust everyone.  […]

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01
Sep

Benjamin Franklin Was Right

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“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”  ~Benjamin Franklin     Most people are reactive, not proactive.  Most people won’t worry about their health until something starts to go wrong.  Most people won’t work on their marriages until they start to crumble.  Most people won’t think about their cars until they malfunction.  […]

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24
Aug

HiddenLevers Stress Test

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In case you are curious what a stress test by the independent firm HiddenLevers looks like, we ran our Smart Wealth Aggressive Index against its benchmark, the S&P 500 Index. To view the sample stress test, click here.    

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18
Aug

Guess What Netflix is Telling Us About the Real Estate Market

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When the general public becomes fascinated with an investment subject, it is usually a great indication that a bull market is nearing its end. Netflix viewership provides some very poignant insights into the real estate market in the United States.   Carden Capital spent the last two weeks meeting with current and potential clients in […]

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