Sam and Sadie have been happily married for over sixty years. A good friend asked Sam the secret of his successful marriage. "Well," Sam declared, "I was in charge of the big issues and Sadie was in charge of the small ones." The friend seemed confused by the answer.
"You see," Sam explained, "Sadie handled the small things, like what cars we drove, where we lived, and where the kids went to school. I dealt with the big issues—politics, the economy, world peace."
In the world of investments, you can be either like Sam or like Sadie. According to financial planner Carl Richards in a recent article in the AAII Journal, it's better to follow Sadie's approach. Instead of agonizing over the fate of Europe, the U.S. economy, and the daily fluctuations of the stock market, Richards believes it is more fitting to concern ourselves with something we at least have control over.