With a sharpie and a stack of napkins, financial planner and personal finance blogger
Carl Richardsis on a one-man mission to save consumers from financial suicide.
Richards knows a thing or two about the subject.
Within a few years of purchasing his dream home in 2003, the housing crisis threw him into a downward spiral of debt. He lost his home and found himself living in his in-laws’ basement while he and his wife scrambled to stabilise their finances.
“The setbacks have taught me important lessons, including some that I’ve tried to pass along,” he writes in his book, “The Behaviour Gap.” “One of those lessons is that you aren’t in charge of everything. You do what you can, and then relax.”
These days, Richards is a staple on The New York Times’ Bucks Blog, where he uses his clever napkin sketches to teach readers the basics of money.
With his permission, we’ve republished some of his best drawings here.
'I coined the term 'Behaviour Gap' to label the gap between investor returns and investment returns, and I started drawing the sketch you see here on every whiteboard I could find.'
'Our natural reaction is to sell after bad news and buy when news is good, thus indulging our fear and our greed. It's an impossible strategy.'
'The next time you're about to make an investment because you're sure you're right, take the time to have an 'Overconfidence Conversation.''
'A personal finance crisis is almost inevitable unless you address the truly important tasks in your life before they become urgent.'
'One of the most discouraging parts of modern life seems to be this never-ending sense that we should want more.'
The secret to having enough money for retirement? Focusing on savings just as much as you focus on losses.
Many investors make the mistake of confusing market performance -- something they can not control -- with their own savings and investment strategy.
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