My wife Robin is a financial advisor and a CPA.
She also possesses one of the sharpest minds I've ever seen.
That's probably why she has such an affinity for jigsaw puzzles. Back in upstate New York, when we were both attending business school together at night, there was nothing she liked more to "decompress" during the lull between the semesters than to do a jigsaw puzzle.
And the greater the number of pieces – and the more complex the puzzle – the more she liked it.
Truth be told, I view the investing process in much the same way that my wife looks at jigsaw puzzles.
There's something really gratifying about taking hundreds of disparate "pieces" – in this case, the reams of financial, economic, and political data that's available at any given time – and shrewdly assembling them into a "picture" that makes sense or conveys beauty.