The Dark Side Of Share Buybacks

Share buybacks are popular right now… it seems like everybody is doing one.  If you’ve ever watched a business news channel, you’ve probably heard the talking heads blathering on about who just authorized a giant share buyback, and how much it’ll boost share prices.

In general, share buybacks are seen in a positive light by the financial media, and they often can be.  But there’s a dark side to buybacks that rarely gets talked about…

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Does FIRE Have Longevity Advantages?

For those of us reaching FIRE in our late 30’s and early 40’s, our retirement timelines are a little longer than average.  Many of us are planning retirement periods of 40 years… long enough to reach the end of a typical human lifespan.

But what if we’ve been planning it wrong all along?  What if FIRE also has hidden advantages that allow early retirees to live longer than normal lifespans…

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Japan Trip Report — Part 6 (Spending & Saving)

As our trip draws to a close, our focus has shifted from “things we want to see” to “gathering items we want to bring home”.

We’re spending a lot more time shopping, and Japan has some of the best shopping in the world! From multi-story department stores that carry an incredible number of unique items, to specialty shops that focus on only one product category, Japan is a shoppers heaven…

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Japan Trip Report – Part 4 (Taketori Park)

Does a trip to the park sound boring when Japan has ancient temples and castles to explore?  Tourist attractions are great, but they can also be expensive and exhausting.

Frankly, after you’ve seen about a dozen temples they all start to look the same anyway.  Certainly not something a 2 year old and a 4 year old are going appreciate for a whole month.  Instead, we take the kids to the park!

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