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Kent Thune
Kent Thune, CFP, is a wealth manager that helps individuals and businesses achieve their goals through a variety of delivery methods, including investment advice, financial planning and writing.
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Why are gas prices going up in 2021? While it would be easy to blame politics, this explanation would ignore the largest impacts on the price of gas in the U.S. Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2021 at The Financial Philosopher
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Why is everyone talking about GameStop stock? It's a relatively complex story but in this post, I narrow it down to a simple explanation. I'll also share related investing history, along with key lessons to learn from GME stock and other stock buying frenzies. Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2021 at The Financial Philosopher
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Corrupt politicians and ideological battles have existed for centuries. But fortunately, as long as there have been politicians, there have also been philosophers, who have provided a much needed counterbalance. Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2020 at The Financial Philosopher
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No one knows for certain how the election of 2020 will affect the stock market. But there are some current trends, as well as history, that provide clues about stock market performance after the election. Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2020 at The Financial Philosopher
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Why does the stock market keep going up, even amidst bad economic news? What will make the stock market go down again? The fundamental answer can be boiled down to just one word. Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2020 at The Financial Philosopher
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For a rational investor to survive and thrive in an irrational market, there are a few universal truths to remember and practice. Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2020 at The Financial Philosopher
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"Men in the game are blind to what men looking on see clearly." ~ Chinese Proverb Although stock prices began the month of May on a mixed note, equities ended the month of April 2020 with their biggest month since 1987. Has the investor herd finally begun to price in the harsh realities of an historic... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2020 at The Financial Philosopher
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The first two weeks of April 2020 marks the biggest rally for stocks in 82 years, even as US job losses reached 22 million. Why the disconnect? The short answer is hope. But the longer answer explains why this coronavirus bear market rally will not last. Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2020 at The Financial Philosopher
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"Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom." ~ Viktor Frankl Life is 10 percent of what happens to us and 90 percent of how we react. The "10 percent" we are experiencing now is extreme; therefore,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2020 at The Financial Philosopher
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"Perception is strong and sight weak. In strategy it is important to see distant things as if they were close and to take a distanced view of close things." ~ Miyamoto Musashi After an absence of posting in this blog for nearly four years, and in the near-absence of rational information about capital markets and the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2020 at The Financial Philosopher
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"We think we know, that is our tragedy; so we never discover." ~ Anthony DeMello Almost all failures of mankind, from the smallest to the biggest, are rooted in ignorance: arguments about politics on social media, personal finance mistakes, failed relationships, and war. This is because ignorance is at the root of the most destructive of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2016 at The Financial Philosopher
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"A life without adventure is likely to be unsatisfying, but a life in which adventure is allowed to take whatever form it will is sure to be short." ~ Bertrand Russell On any given day in and around my house you will hear this simple, two-word command: "Leave it!" The command is directed toward my dog,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2016 at The Financial Philosopher
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"You spent the first half of your life becoming somebody. Now you can work on becoming nobody, which is really somebody. For when you become nobody there is no tension, no pretense, no one trying to be anyone or anything. The natural state of the mind shines through unobstructed -- and the natural state of the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2015 at The Financial Philosopher
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"Thus what we gain is Something, yet it is by virtue of Nothing that this can be put to use." ~ Lau Tzu I recently went kayaking for the first time with a friend. As with many new experiences, the most challenging part was the beginning. After putting my kayak in the water, I asked my... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2015 at The Financial Philosopher
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"And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy." ~ Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet I recently overheard a conversation between a group of friends who were discussing the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2015 at The Financial Philosopher
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"Only in quiet waters things mirror themselves undistorted. Only in a quiet mind is adequate perception of the world." ~ Hans Margolius In this New Year, 2015, I will publish my first book. I write this not as an advertisement but as a personal and public commitment to complete it! The final chapter is on reflection... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2014 at The Financial Philosopher
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"Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. And today? Today is a gift. That's why we call it the present." ~ Babatunde Olatunji It is much worse to have no presence than to have no presents... Writing a post on presence in the month of December has become an annual tradition for me. This time of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2014 at The Financial Philosopher
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"A crust eaten in peace is better than a banquet partaken in anxiety." ~ Aesop In just 13 words, Aesop captures within this quote the power of contentment and so much more than that. But who will hear the message through all of the seasonal noise? As we Americans take pause to observe Thanksgiving, the hustle... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2014 at The Financial Philosopher
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"…and considering what the world is now, with all the misery, conflict, destructive brutality, aggression, tremendous advancement in technology, and so on… it seems to me, though man has cultivated the external world and has more or less mastered it, inwardly he is still as he was: He is still brutal, violent, aggressive, inquisitive, competitive. And... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2014 at The Financial Philosopher
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"No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world." ~ Robin Williams I've paid homage to comedians on this site several times because comedy is a powerful form of philosophy. In fact, by far the most viewed post on this blog is The Philosophy of George Carlin, which I published 6 years... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2014 at The Financial Philosopher
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Inscribed above the entrance of the ancient Greek temple of Apollo Delphi, site of the sacred Oracle, are the words “Gnothi Seauton”, which translates to Know Thyself. The ancient Greeks and many of the greatest thinkers and philosophers before and after their time taught this lesson: There is no greater knowledge than that of the Self.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2014 at The Financial Philosopher
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"I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. He will put some things behind, will pass an invisible boundary; new, universal, and more liberal laws... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2014 at The Financial Philosopher
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"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover I had not lived." ~ Henry David Thoreau, Walden The woods are a metaphor for reality. Although... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2014 at The Financial Philosopher
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"The art of art, the glory of expression and the sunshine of the light of letters, is simplicity." ~ Walt Whitman Life is simple; we only make it complex. We spend our lives unconsciously covering our authenticity with outer identity until at some point we begin wondering "where everything went wrong." But the tragedy for many... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2014 at The Financial Philosopher
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"Where some people are very wealthy and others have nothing, the result will be either extreme democracy or absolute oligarchy, or despotism will come from either of those excesses." ~ Aristotle If you don't have money, it's because you don't have money. A philosopher might call this circular reasoning; but it's scientific fact in the financial... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2014 at The Financial Philosopher