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A Reflective Rearview

July 27th

In the business world, the rearview mirror is always clearer than the windshield.

Warren Buffett

In the world of investing, clarity often lies in retrospect. The ease of understanding past events surpasses the challenge of predicting what the markets hold. This isn't to discourage us but to serve as a guide. It's tempting to fall for the illusion of hindsight bias, where past events seem predictable only because we know the outcome. But let's not dwell on missed opportunities or 'obvious' trends.

Instead, use the clarity of hindsight as a learning tool. Analyze previous decisions, understand their consequences, and learn from both victories and missteps. The path ahead might be uncertain, but it's the only direction we can go.

Navigating the financial markets requires us to glance back, not in regret or self-adulation, but in learning. While the future remains less predictable, our past equips us with lessons and insights to face it with greater confidence. The importance lies in learning from the past and bravely steering towards the uncertain future.

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