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I cannot profess to tell others how to effectively manage their
accounts because I am a lowly participant who is learning all the time.
The truth is that 2019’s learning is much different than 2018’s learning
was, which was different than 2016, 2011, 2008/2009 and other pivotal
market phases. So I’d say that the biggest lesson to learn has been the
concept of marrying adaptability with discipline.
Cookie cutter advisers and brokers have it easier. They’re the majority of market professionals and they’ve learned and set in stone the way of allocating into markets; 60/40 stocks to bonds or some such variant. But for something more effective than ‘cookie cutter’, you need to keep learning, adapting and holding discipline as long as your signals remain valid.
For no particular reason, I was doing some comparison charts this morning. Some comparisons are obvious, such as MasterCard and Visa. They have been joined at the hip for time immemorial (and making shareholders a ton of money; both are incredible securities):