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The Scientific Investor

Intelligent ideas to make you healthy, wealthy and wise.

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Investment | Financial Education

The layers of the brain

By: Sam Instone
August 16th, 2018

The layers of the brain manifest in everyday life.

They affect our emotions.

The questions we ask.

The choices we make.

And impact our finances…

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Investment | Financial Education

What is grit?

By: Sam Instone
August 14th, 2018

James Clear recently defined grit.

"It’s the perseverance and passion to achieve long–term goals".

As a graduate from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst – this area fascinates me.

Mental toughness can be the difference between success and failure.

Financial, or otherwise.

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Why investors should be wary of social media

By: Sam Instone
August 7th, 2018

You can’t get away from social media.

It’s become part of modern life.

But it holds particular dangers for investors.

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Investment | Financial Education

Why simple beats complex

By: Sam Instone
July 26th, 2018

“Any fool can make something complicated. It is hard to keep things simple.”

Said Richard Branson.

Da Vinci called simplicity “the ultimate sophistication.”

But simplicity is hard.

I see this struggle every day.

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Investment | Financial Planning | Financial Education

Why I’m talking so much about Dimensional Fund Advisors

By: Sam Instone
July 24th, 2018

I’ve talked about them a lot recently. 

They’re virtually unknown.

But likely represent a golden opportunity for any investor.

So, what’s the big deal?

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Investment | Financial Education

How much is enough?

By: Sam Instone
July 19th, 2018

My 10-year old daughter recently asked me a question.

It caught me off guard.

“Dad, how much money is enough?”.

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Investment | Financial Education

A true piece of investing wisdom

By: Sam Instone
July 17th, 2018

Recently I received a pearl of wisdom in my inbox.

It was from Dan Solin, author of the Smartest series of investing books. 

It was an observation.

One which has major ramifications for investors.

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Financial Education

Why smart people slip into motion (not action)

By: Sam Instone
July 12th, 2018

Basketball coach John Wooden said “never mistake activity for achievement”.

Motion.

Action.

They sound similar.

But they’re not the same.

This is a mistake that smart people make.

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