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4 Ways to Be Assertive Without Alienating Others

Let’s face it: It can be hard to say no.<p>When you want to say no to a request, it sets into motion two conflicting desires. On the one hand, you want …

Startups

Interview Bias is More than Skin Deep

The #1 cause of hiring mistakes is bias. No matter how much sensitivity training provided you won't eliminate it. However, based on 40 years of successful results, these 12 techniques will work by systematizing it out of your hiring process.<p>What I've discovered over the past 40 years is that …

Employment

The 10 crucial business books that explain why modern capitalism works the way it does now

And then, in the 1990s, the burgeoning tech industry made physical products even less relevant — and even more lucrative for investors and speculators.<p>These 10 classic business books tell the story of how capitalism changed from a system that made things into a trading desk for bonds, credit …

The Big Short

New To Visualization? Here Are 5 Steps To Get You Started

Many people aren’t aware of how powerful visualizing can be in their lives. In fact many of us are doing plenty of visualizations everyday. The problem is that most of us are doing visualizations to create the life we don’t want; we are often using it to imagine the worst outcomes of things or …

Cleveland Clinic

Simply WOW: $10,000 Bitcoin Investment in 2010 Now Worth $200 Million, Gold $9,900

Both Bitcoin and gold are considered prominent stores of value and safe haven assets. However, over the past seven years, one experienced a meteoric …

These three asset management firms own corporate America

The Big Three together control shares in 40% of all publicly listed firms in the United States.<p>A fundamental change is underway in stock market …

As Authentic As It Gets: Why You Should Travel with Walk Japan

Is it strange that the most magical place I visited in Japan was a cemetery?<p>Probably. But if there’s a one-word shorthand for traveling to Japan now, “strange” seems as good as any. We think of its <i>Blade Runner</i> city squares, its <i>Lost in Translation</i> dislocation, its vending machines selling everything …

Japan

The 27 most important finance books ever written

With that in mind, we've highlighted 27 classic works that every Wall Streeter should read.<p>Many of these books show up time and again in lists of books recommended by the pros themselves.<p>Topics covered include everything from the most important principles of investing to inside stories of the worst …

Investing

What will next year's 'Brexit moments' be? The key dates for investors in 2017

This has been a year of momentous political upsets – and of rapid evolution in investors’ response to them. While markets fell drastically after the Brexit vote, a similar slump after Donald Trump’s election failed to materialise, and the result of the Italian referendum was roundly ignored.<p>But is …

Investing

Start-up links SMSFs to Chinese investors

Real estate financier Qualitas, backed by Carol and Alan Schwartz, has seeded a start-up that allows small investors to offer home loans to Asian …

Odd Lots: These Are the Mathematical Concepts Investors Should Know

Every week, hosts Joe Weisenthal and Tracy Alloway take you on a not-so-random walk through hot topics in markets, finance, and economics.<p>What's the …

Investing

How To Get Really Rich In Life

<i>“Life is a dream for the wise, a game for the fool, a comedy for the rich, a tragedy for the poor.” — Sholem Aleichem</i><p>There are 7.5 billion people on …

Motivation

Buy Any Stock for a Discount -- Here's How

Image Source: Getty Images.<p>If you're worried that the market is too expensive now, then you're not alone. It seems we can't go a single day without another expert predicting a stock market correction or even a full-blown recession. Fortunately, you don't need to worry about overpaying for the …

How Long Should You Wait for Your Partner to Commit?

<b>Commitment</b> is a topic that brings a lot of couples into therapy. The word has a single definition, but it holds infinite meanings. For many people, …

7 Essential Keys to a Successful Relationship

It is distressing when a patient tells me that they have never observed—or experienced—what they consider to be a successful romantic relationship. …

Relationships

Why We Fear

Many animals are genetically programmed to fear their predators. Mice naturally fear cats; fish naturally fear birds. These fears don't have to be …

Monkeys

How to Build Your Belief in Yourself

"Andy" entered my office seeking help for his depression. But after a few therapy sessions, the root of his problems became clear: He had a …

Self-improvement

The 2 Most Critical Elements of Any Relationship

We seem to be living in a polarized time, with bitter divisiveness based on political, racial, religious, ethnic, gender, and other distinctions. Or …

The One Word That's Holding You Back

I sometimes get a glimpse of something my clients would like to do or achieve in their lives. Too often, though, they mutter the aspiration and then …

Self-help

How to Beat Perfectionism, Make Progress, and Find Happiness

Most people think of philosophy as a system of ethics or an explanation of the purpose of life, so they miss its most practical aspects. Ancient …

Ancient Philosophy

5 Secret Ways to Keep Your Partner Faithful

A journalist recently called me to discuss an article suggesting that our unconscious minds may help us to stay faithful to our current romantic …

Relationships

9 Common Traits of Highly Sensitive People

Studies estimate that 15-20 percent of the population is highly sensitive. However, many people don't know what this means. Although it's related to …

Psychology

How We Commit

Committing to a relationship means doing whatever it takes to establish a secure base and to resolve any problems that threaten the security, safety, …

What's Most Important When Choosing a Partner

The list we’re going to talk about here is the one that contains the characteristics of the partner of your dreams—the person with whom you know …

Genealogy

Listening to Jealousy

Katie didn’t see herself as the jealous type. Why should she be? The New York City writer was smart and attractive, and she was dating Sandy, a man …

Psychology

How Leaders Can Rock Rejection And Finesse Failure

What holds us back from our dreams more than anything else? Fear of failure. So let’s tackle it head on. Sooner or later you’re going to fail. In fact, you may fail over and over. The key is to fail forward, where the pain of the failure is reduced by the benefit of the lessons it brings.<p>And if …

How to Trade Options: Why They’re Always an Option

Welcome to another wild and rocky start to the New Year on Wall Street. Another one. It seems that every new year starts off with moaning, …

The best investing books for novices – as chosen by our readers

Well, you certainly are a well-read bunch.<p>Last week, in response to a reader's question, I asked people to send in their picks for the best investing books and other resources for novice investors. I received dozens of suggestions – a few of which came up more than once – and today I'll share …

Why a Chinese Real Estate Bubble Could Bring Down the Global Economy

While U.S. GDP grew by 2.9% this quarter, trouble is brewing on the other side of the Pacific.<p>Analysts are sounding the alarm about growing Chinese …

A hedge fund wrote a letter to investors explaining why they should read a classic book about cognitive biases

Instead, the fund's managers looked internally, and wrote a nine page letter drawing upon Nobel Prize in Economics laureate Daniel Kahneman's book, "Thinking, Fast and Slow," and how it shapes the culture and investment process at the firm.<p>The book focuses on inherent human biases and irrational …

Hedge Funds