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Something to Think About at the Start of 2018

Posted by Doug Kinsey on Jan 2, 2018 10:17:48 AM

 I read the following email from "The Art of Manliness" this morning, and thought that it would be of value to all of our readers as we reflect on the old year, and plan for the new year.  One of the things I enjoy about the AOM website and blog is that the host, Brett McKay exlplores a wide variety of subjects that are intriguing, potentially life-changing, and valuable not only for men.  He also interviews successful and creative people on his podcast.  I highly recommend it. 

Today's email was really thought-provoking, so I wanted to pass it on to all of you.  If you get something out of it (or even if you don't), please let me know.

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Topics: philosophy, resolutions, new year, nietzsche

And on the 12th Day of Fun Facts...

Posted by Doug Kinsey on Jan 1, 2018 12:52:00 PM

Some positive predictions from NPR Business News about the economy in 2018. Of course, we all know the pitfalls of forecasts and predictions, but it's worth a quick read anyway. 

I want to personally wish all of you the best for the new year, and don't forget that the deadline to enter our last drawing is 11:59 PM tonight!

You can enter by clicking the button below:

  Click here to enter the Giveaway!

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Topics: Economy, Investments

12 Days of Fun Facts - Day 11 - Thoughts on Intelligence, and our Last Giveaway of 2017!

Posted by Doug Kinsey on Dec 31, 2017 1:39:35 PM

 As we close out 2017, and look toward the new year, improving decision making may be on some of our lists of resolutions.  I read this article this morning on the Farnam Street Blog, and thought it was worthy of year-end reflection.

Additionally, we are running our last Amazon Giveaway for you, our clients and subscribers.  Enter the drawing here for a chance to win one of three Fire TV Sticks with Alexa Voice Remote.  I recently purchased one of these for our Columbus home and really like it.  It's a great way to watch your favorite shows without signing up for an expensive cable or satellite subcription.

Happy New Year everyone!

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Topics: Inteligence, decision making, critical thinking

12 Days of Fun Facts - Day 10 - How Americans Spend Their Time

Posted by Doug Kinsey on Dec 30, 2017 3:40:54 PM

 Every day we have just 24 hours to accomplish it all. And, every day we make hundreds of decisions to parse out those 24 hours. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics in its American Time Use Survey examines just how Americans divvy up their time with input gathered from over 180,000 interviewees aged 15 and older. The survey yields unique insight into"how, where, and with whom Americans spend their time”. Following are a few "how" highlights from the 2016 survey:

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Topics: time management, USA

12 Days of Fun Facts - Day 9 - Key Questions for the Long-Term Investor, and Factual Answers

Posted by Doug Kinsey on Dec 29, 2017 10:44:43 AM


Key Questions for the Long-Term Investor

Focusing on what you can control can lead to a better investment experience.  And actually, the only things you should be focusing on are the aspects that you can control.  Much of what you hear and read from so-called investment experts is not grounded in fact, or any rigorous academic research.  For today's "Fun Fact", we turn to our friends at Dimensional Fund Advisors, who have built a world-class investment firm based on academically-tested principles.  Whether you utilize their solutions or not, it is absolutely essential that you understand this basic philosophy of investing.  It is a primary component of what we do here at Artifex Financial Group and it's good for your financial health.

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Topics: Investments, Dimensional Fund Advisors, mutual funds, Retirement Planning

12 Days of Fun Facts - Day 8 - UK & US: Best Cities and Jobs for Job Seekers

Posted by Doug Kinsey on Dec 28, 2017 12:09:23 PM

 In case one of your New Year's Resolutions is to reevaluate your career, here are the top jobs and cities in the US, according to

Incidentally, Ohio does pretty well in this ranking, with Columbus at 11th, Cincinnati at 18th, and Cleveland at 19th.  Go Buckeyes!


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Topics: careers, best cities

12 Days of Fun Facts - Day 7 - Merry Christmas!

Posted by Doug Kinsey on Dec 25, 2017 1:43:47 PM


Merry Christmas everyone!  And for your reading pleasure today comes this backstory on "A Charlie Brown Christmas" compliments of


PS, for our clients, if you have been notified by Amazon that you are a winner in our last giveaway, don't forget to claim your prize!


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Topics: charlie brown christmas, merry christmas

12 Days of Fun Facts - Day 6 - New Tax Law - Grinch or Santa?

Posted by Doug Kinsey on Dec 21, 2017 2:59:45 PM

Normally we wouldn't talk taxes during the holidays, but with the impending tax law changes, we feel it is imperative to get you some of this information as soon as possible.  For those of you who will be impacted by some of the new provisions, here are some of the important changes and some ideas on what you may want to do before year-end.

Some of the changes will be beneficial, some will be Grinch-like.  If you have questions, please don't hesitate to contact our in-house tax specialist, John Girvin at  or call him at 855-752-6644


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Topics: Taxes

12 Days of Fun Facts - Day 5

Posted by Doug Kinsey on Dec 18, 2017 5:23:42 PM

The Art of Negotiation.   Something many of us could spend more time learning.  As a matter-of-fact, yours truly did spend some time in a Harvard Business School class on negotiation this past year.  Fascinating stuff, and I really enjoy learning about people who have an innate sense for how to work with powerful adversaries.  Here's an example from today's post on  Hope you enjoy it.


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Topics: education, united states, history, negotiation

12 Days of Fun Facts - Day 4

Posted by Doug Kinsey on Dec 12, 2017 8:58:44 AM

You've no doubt heard the term "Land Grant Colleges?"  Maybe on a recent trip to Columbus, you've stopped in to Land-Grant Brewing Company and sampled one of their tasty adult beverages?  "Land grant" refers to colleges across America that were established as a result of the 1862 Act of the same name.  And, for those of you who lived in Morrill Tower when you were a student at Ohio State, you can thank the author of the Land Grant Act, Justin Smith Morrill, for indirectly founding your alma mater, as well as many other state universities across the country.

It's an interesting story, and we thank for today's fun fact.

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Topics: education, united states, history

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