Behavioral Finance

The Problem with New Years Resolutions

The Problem with New Years Resolutions

As a client of Pitzl Financial, you have likely heard us reframe the modern concept of “Wealth.” While most people today associate the word with being materially rich, the origins of the word can be traced to Middle English, when it meant “the condition of well-being or happiness.” As we entered the New Year, our […]

America Has Voted...

America Has Voted…

It is the morning of November 9th, and I can see the sun rising in the distance as I write this. Let’s all pause and take one very big, deep, collective breath. It’s over, and we are all still here. This has been one heck of a ride. We, as a nation, have a great […]

The Life Changing Power of Expert Advice

The Life Changing Power of Expert Advice

Like most eighth-grade boys, I thought I had it all figured out. I was proudly “self-taught” and didn’t need anyone to tell me what to do, especially when it came to my golf game. My mother knew better, however. Behind my back, she scheduled a lesson for me with Troy Wright, a local golf instructor. Reluctantly, […]

Mr. Market Has Quite a Temper

Mr. Market Has Quite a Temper

I had planned on writing this week about the fact that 2016 is an election year, and that the only certainty we have about any election year is that it is going to be emotionally charged and full of uncertainty. Given the way the stock market opened 2016 this week, we’ll stick with investing for […]

How U.S. Open Winners and Successful Investors Manage Their Risks

How U.S. Open Winners and Successful Investors Manage Their Risks

Back in 2006, during the U.S. Open’s final day of play, Phil Mickelson stood on the 18th tee at Winged Foot Golf Club with a one-stroke lead over Geoff Ogilvy, giving him an opportunity to capture his first victory in that prestigious tournament. After a wayward tee shot, Phil, who is known for his risky […]

Market Peaks - The Intersection of Paralysis, (Over)Confidence and Complacency

Market Peaks – The Intersection of Paralysis, (Over)Confidence and Complacency

On a recent trip to Park City, Utah, we ventured over to the most intimidating ski terrain I have ever been to – Snowbird Resort. The mountain is littered with steep grades and cliffs, exposed rock, narrow cat tracks and some of the highest ski lifts I have ever been on. If you take any […]

The Easiest Way to Reduce Financial Stress and Drop Your Handicap

The Easiest Way to Reduce Financial Stress and Drop Your Handicap

Last year Rory McIlroy finished in the top 10 in 12 of 17 events and won 2 Major Championships establishing himself as a legend in the making. Those who have had the privilege of watching Rory play in person notice what an incredible ball striker he is and immediately fall in love with the distinct […]

The Art of Winning Ugly in Golf and Finance

The Art of Winning Ugly in Golf and Finance

“Good golfers, I think, have to get over the notion that they only want to win by hitting perfect shots. They have to learn to enjoy winning ugly. And that entails acceptance of all the shots they hit, not just the good ones.”  - Bob Rotella, “Golf is Not a Game of Perfect” I am unable […]

This Holiday Season, Ignore the Relatives

‘Tis the season to gather and celebrate with friends and family. Each year, old traditions are remembered and new traditions are made. We reconnect with the family members we see frequently and long-lost relatives alike. Reliability has become an evasive quality in today’s busy world. In the craziness and uncertainty of our day-to-day lives, we […]

2014 Minnesota Renaissance Festival

The Return of Volatility

Our current seasonal transition from summer into fall feels almost symbolic of the current trend in financial markets from tranquil to volatile, as global news made for some interesting headlines throughout the summer. New threats of war, the emergence of Ebola, slow economic growth abroad, and the end of QE have brought pause to the […]