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The Nature of Investing: Resilient Investment Strategies through Biomimicry by Katherine Collins

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Transformation 1

From Efficient to Effective

Several years ago, I sat down with my parents to review their investments as they planned for retirement. There was nothing too crazy to discuss—they held no hidden Cayman Island accounts, no illiquid private equity funds, no time-shares in the Everglades. But there was a lot of complication for what was a simple savings plan: no fewer than eight different forms of government-backed savings vehicles, plus a long list of mutual funds that all mainly invested in large U.S. companies. Over the years, each time there was a chance to save a little more, my parents were guided to a new opportunity, and each opportunity was perfectly reasonable. But after forty years of new opportunities, rather than diversification, ...

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