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If you knew the future, how would you invest?

Now that the capital markets have once again begun exhibiting a level of volatility not seen for a number of years, it’s appropriate to revisit the relationship between risk and return.

Wesley Gray, CEO of Alpha Architect, an investment advisory firm, developed an interesting thought experiment that brings this relationship into stark focus. For purely dramatic effect, I will paraphrase the situation he describes.

Young skaters learn to push, carve and yield downtown

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Skateworks instructor Andrew Langi teaches Mountain View resident Carter Cox, 8, the rules of the sidewalk.

You’ve seen them downtown: pint-sized athletes, decked in pads and helmets, learning the etiquette of four-wheel, two-sneaker navigation from an overseer. But you’re not seeing a “manny” in action – the young men leading pairs of little skaters up and down State Street are skateboard tutors. Through Jason Strubing’s Skateworks, boys and girls (and their parents) book lessons to try on gear and learn the basics of the board.


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654 Camellia Way, G. & S. Chin to J. & S. Friedland for $3,525,000

1135 Lisa Lane, M. & S. Fang to N. Doshi for $3,398,000

Legally lumpy mattress earns local lattes, goodwill

So you think you’ve seen everything? I’m in my sixth decade on the planet with, hopefully, a few more to go. I’ve been lucky in my profession – helping those in need using the law as my weapon of choice, with a pinch of logic and a skosh of wisdom mixed in. This job continues to turn up new, odd, amazing stories, and now I find myself sharing some of those stories with you through the Town Crier.

I’ve always had friends and family (like most attorneys) hitting me up for input and advice. I typically get a decent latte out of the deal. After I set up shop on Third Street downtown, I saw a slight uptick in my comped latte consumption. I am typically happy to listen, as it’s nice to help friends and neighbors and, from time to time, it leads to a decent paycheck.

Beauty for the boardroom: Los Altos startup styles for work, after hours

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The Los Altos-based BFab app builds on Silicon Valley singularities to style everything from participants in an Indian wedding, above, to business leaders going on camera.

Los Altos resident Sharon Cimring met business partner Margo Myers through their teenage daughters. Cimring had worked as a hairdresser in South Africa before moving to the Bay Area, and when they took their daughters for a birthday day out in San Francisco and visited a blow-dry bar just opening in Pacific Heights, they saw a common interest.

“I was a social worker still trying to figure out what to do with my life,” Myers recalled. “Sharon said, ‘Let’s open up something like this in Los Altos.’”

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