Investing in…Kids?

Conventional wisdom tells us that kids are expensive. Really expensive. The world constantly bombards us with stories about just how much kids can cost — According to the USDA it costs $245,340 to raise the average child to age 18.

The personal finance community generally takes a negative view of huge expenses like this… a gigantic speed-bump on your way to Financial Independence. Nope, kids don’t get a lot of love from the personal finance community…

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February 2017 Dividend Income And Expenses

Is winter over yet? I’m SO ready for Winter to be over…but sadly spring is still a long ways off in the Pacific Northwest.

Technically spring is supposed to start in April, along with the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. Unfortunately, Old-man winter always takes a lot of convincing to leave.

In my mind, spring really doesn’t get started until May around here. Usually the snow and freezing rain have stopped by then…

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Should I Be Investing In Airlines?

You’ve probably heard that joke about airlines before: “How does one become a millionaire? You start out a billionaire, and then buy an airline.” This kind of humour was well deserved given airlines’ tragic history — constantly in bankruptcy and frequently losing money for investors.

That joke used to be all the advice an investor needed to know about airlines…until recently.

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Always Be Making Mistakes

Have you ever had one of those days when you feel like a giant failure? At times, life seems to be a giant pile of mistakes…one piled on top of another.

Today’s post is brought to you (in part) because of a mistake. Last week, my son came home from daycare with a serious look on his face. Normally he’s a happy goofy guy, but something was on his mind that day…

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The Weighing Machine

Besides being the father of value investing, Ben Graham is famous for creating a great number of powerful investing ideas. His tale of a deranged business partner named Mr. Market is a fantastic story frequently used to teach new investors about markets.

I’m a big fan of Graham, and I own several of his books. You’ll find his book “The Intelligent Investor” over on my book recommendations page. When it comes to investing, I believe Graham’s ideas really are that important.

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