All learning is pattern recognition. In this episode, Cole and Bill are joined by Robert G. Hagstrom, author of the book Investing: The Last Liberal Art. Robert explains how achieving worldly wisdom can allow investors the opportunity to recognize patterns in wide-ranging fields of study to gain market insight through a broader lens.

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