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Peter Koehler

Working With Constraints

and how to make a summer caesar salad

Silvrback blog imageYesterday our neighbor gave us a big head of romaine lettuce straight from his garden.

The first thought that came to mind was Caesar Salad!

But we had a problem - traditional caesar calls for anchovies and lemons and parmesan - all things we didn't have in our kitchen.

A couple years ago, I would have just shelved the idea, and either saved . . .

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July 17, 2017

The Dark Side of Goal Setting

The more goal orientated we are, the less likely we are to achieve the results we desire.

The more we focus on a future outcome, the lower the probability that it will come to pass.

Why is this?

Because if we condition ourselves to always be striving toward some goal, then inevitably the goalposts will always be moving.

It's the . . .

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July 12, 2017

Stop Chasing Yield

The mental benefits of passive investing

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In my last post I laid out step-by-step exactly how I manage and invest my money.

Most of my investment portfolio is in passive, diversified index funds. This means I don't choose any specific stocks myself, I simply invest in the world markets as a whole.

By definition, this means that I won't beat the market.

What?! Isn't the point . . .

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April 24, 2017

How I Manage My Money Step-by-Step

A simple and effective approach to building wealth

A couple of years ago I wrote a post about How to Start Investing Today.

Since then, my basic investment philosophy has not changed, but some of my specific recommendations have evolved.

In this post, I reintroduce my investing philosophy and share my updated and specific steps for how I manage my money.

Who is this for?

This post . . .

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April 23, 2017

How to Be a Day 1 Person

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Jeff Bezos likes to call Amazon a "Day 1 company."

We are all familiar with the feeling of Day 1. 

It's that feeling of the incredible first date, starting a new job, the first day of school, the beginning of the playoffs, or launching a new idea or product.

Day 1 is all about movement, momentum, hard work, and . . .

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April 13, 2017

What to do with our weak minds

Us humans have weak minds. 

We stick to the status quo when we should be making a change.

We hardly ever change our minds, even when we're wrong. 

We make terrible, and easily avoidable, financial choices.

And we're scared of sharks, even though 733X as many humans are killed by freshwater snails.

But it's not all bad news . . .

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April 02, 2017

Status Quo Bias

One of my favorite economists/philosophers, Tyler Cowen, has a great interview on the Ezra Klein Show, which I highly recommend.

At multiple points in the interview, they discuss status quo bias.

Status quo bias is exactly what it sounds like - an emotional bias in favor of the way things are.

The thing about status quo bias which is so . . .

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March 30, 2017

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