The Mind Money Spectrum Podcast

The Mind Money Spectrum Podcast

Welcome to The Mind Money Spectrum Podcast where your hosts Aaron Agte and Trishul Patel go beyond traditional finance questions to help you explore how to use your money to achieve the freedom you want in life. Aaron is a Financial Planner from the Bay Area, and Trishul is a Wealth Manager on the East Coast. For more information about Aaron, check out GraystoneAdvisor.com. And for more information on Trishul check out InvestingForever.com. We thank you all for listening, and stay tuned for our latest episode on our website, MindMoneySpectrum.com. Graystone Advisor, LLC is a registered investment adviser offering advisory services in the State of California and in other jurisdictions where exempt from registration. Investing Forever LLC (d/b/a, Investing Forever Advisory) is a registered investment adviser offering advisory services in the State of Pennsylvania and in other jurisdictions where exempted.... Show More

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February 23, 2021 59 min

In this episode, Trishul and Aaron look back at what happened with GameStop and use this crazy, quixotic story to examine different aspects of trading equities. They explain shorting stocks, margin calls, and the impact of large trading volumes. They then highlight how hedge funds, Reddit's WallStreetBets, and Robinhood created a whirlwind of chaos, with GameStop caught in the middle. In the end, they uncover a fascinating inte...

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You've read about the importance of opening a Roth IRA and buying ETFs, but how do you do it in practice? In this episode, Aaron and Trishul go through the introductory building blocks of saving and investing. Often the fear of making mistakes prevents you from taking that critical first step. From choosing a custodian and the correct type of account to figuring out how to transfer funds, what to invest in, and how to place a t...

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In this episode, Trishul and Aaron discuss investing and emotions when markets are at all-time highs. Should you capture some of your gains or wait for a dip to buy? By focusing on the process and separating your lifestyle concerns from your investment statements, you can mitigate your stress and anxiety. And for most people, the fact that markets are at all-time highs should not factor into your investment process at all.

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In this episode, Aaron and Trishul try to parse out blockchain, cryptocurrencies, and Bitcoin. One is a revolutionary technology, one can potentially change the world of banking, and one has dominated recent headlines. They first dig into the distinctions among these concepts. They then discuss whether Bitcoin is a store of value like gold or a speculative investment like a start-up. But beware, if you are removing regulated instit...

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In this episode, Trishul and Aaron go deep into options. Not employee stock options, but calls and puts. The ones you can buy or sell on your own. Well, at least Trishul goes deep. He recalls previous strategies he executed in a past life as an options dealer and trader. Casinos and insurance companies get paid for taking on risk. But they also diversify risk to stay in business. Buying options may have a negative expected value, b...

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In this episode, Aaron and Trishul discuss behavioral finance and behavioral economics in the context of last year's coronavirus rollercoaster. Humans are optimistic and pessimistic beings. And some of us are both at the same time, which seems like a contradiction. By acknowledging these sometimes conflicting feelings and focusing on the decision-making process, you can overcome emotional barriers to make wiser, more rational c...

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In this episode, Trishul and Aaron explore a few areas that you will be better off addressing at the beginning of the year. You can make all of your Traditional and Roth IRA contributions in January to benefit from compound growth sooner. You might even increase your 401k contributions around this time to maximize your annual benefit. Further, January is a great month to increase your savings rate by 1% to help your future self. Aa...

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January 5, 2021 51 min

In this episode, Aaron and Trishul have fun with math. Granted, this is likely the last thing you think about when it comes to having fun. But at least they end up entertaining themselves. The two discuss compound growth, Manhattan, and Benjamin Franklin. They also relate how the easiest way to benefit from compounding is to start early. Even so, it's never too late to begin planning for the future. They then explain how and wh...

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In this episode, Aaron and Trishul reflect on past New Year's Eve celebrations, from staying up until midnight as a child to partying as an adult. But now that they have young kids, New Year's Eve is much tamer. Living on the West Coast, Aaron appreciates celebrating at midnight Eastern Time so he can get to bed at a reasonable hour. Given COVID-19 concerns, this year most households likely will "party" the same way...

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In this episode, Trishul and Aaron think about the various Christmas gift-giving traditions they have enjoyed over the years. From childhood arts and crafts, to cash in their teenage years, to coordinated gift exchanges as adults, giving and receiving presents evolves as we age. They discuss Secret Santas and White Elephants. They also highlight the fine line between a gift card being appropriate and just being lazy. And finally, A...

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In this episode, Trishul and Aaron provide a quick primer on common and useful statistical methods. Mean, median, mode, standard deviation, bell curves, and so on. With a normal distribution, the mean should equal the median, and the law of large numbers allows you to make inferences between a sufficiently large sample and the overall population. Unfortunately, most things don't behave as "normally" as we would like. An...

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Given that Trishul and Aaron release an episode each week, episode #52 means they have been at this for one full year. In this episode, they recount their top-five favorite conversations. They also look back and highlight some overarching themes. They discuss the importance of saving more and asset allocation and why the concept of a spectrum keeps coming up again and again. But what they appreciate the most is how they have worked...

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In this episode, Aaron and Trishul discuss New Year's resolutions. Well, not exactly. They relate how self-improvement doesn't need to coincide with an arbitrary date. They then go over different strategies to help nudge you towards sustainable habits, such as focusing on small incremental improvements and compounding, tracking your progress, and giving yourself eight times longer to accomplish a goal. Success has more to d...

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2020 has created a unique situation for engaged couples. Given social distancing concerns, many have decided to postpone their weddings. But if your relationship is ready, would you be better off getting married this year anyway? In this episode, Trishul and Aaron explore the intersection of tax planning and getting married. They discuss the impact of different tax brackets, the marriage incentive or marriage penalty, and community...

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In this episode, Aaron and Trishul apply previous conversations about happiness and well-being to the upcoming holidays. Being conscious and aware of the things that provide happiness OR the things that create stress can help you focus on ways to increase the former and decrease the latter. They reminisce over holiday nostalgia. They discuss the impact of expectations and the need to get creative for the 2020 holiday season. Priori...

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In this episode, Trishul and Aaron discuss end-of-year tax planning, principally as it relates to your investments. During this period, you already know most your entire financial situation for the year. But also you still have time to take meaningful action before December 31st. Valuable strategies around this time involve tax-loss harvesting, RMDs, exercising ISOs without going into AMT, and Roth conversions. End-of-year tax plan...

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In this episode, Aaron and Trishul discuss the incentives that influence politicians. Naturally, this means addressing campaign finance reform. If a politician's primary goal is to get re-elected, he or she may focus on fundraising and nudge-nudge-wink-wink quid pro quos with large donors rather than working to improve constituent well-being. Aaron and Trishul look at the history of campaign finance laws, including Citizens Uni...

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With the election coming up, many people wonder if they should temporarily modify their investment strategy until the results are known. The short answer is no. Trishul and Aaron discuss the emotions that arise from uncertainty. They also go through a decision tree to help clients understand why it makes sense to maintain the same asset allocation they have been using all along. On the other hand, there may be some tax and estate p...

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Aaron lives in California, and Trishul lives in Pennsylvania, and it feels like Trishul's vote for the President is worth more than Aaron's. In this episode, they discuss the American voting system and how it influences and incentivizes certain behaviors over others. They consider alternative voting structures used around the world and examine past elections to understand how they may have played out with a different system...

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In this episode, Aaron and Trishul discuss concentration risk and when it might be acceptable to take it on. If you have the willingness, ability, and need, increasing your concentration risk may be a way to pursue wealth maximization over the greater probability of achieving a specific goal. But do understand that behavior and emotion can come into play when deciding whether to diversify. Even if you hold a globally diversified po...

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