August 2017 Dividend Income And Expenses

Summer months are the fun months of the year — filled with traveling, birthday parties, water-fights, gardening, and beautiful warm weather.  That’s what our summer looks like at least… and August is our peak summer month.  It was a crazy busy month.

We had tons of fun, and it showed up in our expenses this August!  We spent a HUGE amount of money, but none of it was unexpected…

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Why I Bought LUV

Have I completely lost my mind?  Despite writing a post back in February about why I won’t buy an airline, I went ahead and did it.  This month I purchased six hundred shares of Southwest Airlines with a little of our excess cash.

If you asked me 10 years ago if I’d ever make an investment in an airline, I would have told you “Hell no! I’m not stupid!”  Well, now I’m finally stupid enough to do it…

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A Financially Independent Life Is A Good Life

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is one of my favorite movies from the 1980’s.  On the surface, the move is about a trio of highschool kids who skip school to have a good time.  But the movie is really about living, and experiencing life to its fullest.  Carpe Diem.

At one point in the movie, Ferris quips, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it.”  He couldn’t be more right…

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The Future Isn’t What You Think It Is

After writing this blog for two years now (almost three!), I’ve begun to noticed something — A surprising number of my readers can predict the future.

This future-predicting ability is a lot like a disease — Once they amass a certain amount of intelligence and money they catch this disease.  It seems to be catching.  Apparently, incredible brain power allows for the predicting of the future, and all that amassed wealth is proof of this new super-human ability…

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Learning From Panics And Manias

It has been said that there is nothing new in the world of investing.  History is filled with interesting financial ‘events’ — from outright theft and wild speculation, to loose lending and direct government manipulation.  Markets really have seen it all.

Greed was frequently the main driver of this behavior, eventually leading to giant stock market bubbles and excessive commodity speculation…

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It’s OK To Be A Little Underemployed

If you’ve watched the news recently, you’ve probably seen economists wringing their hands over the growing ranks of the underemployed in the world.  Underemployment is generally viewed as a negative thing because the underemployed spend less money and don’t product to their maximum economic potential.  Less money spent by the unemployed means a lower GDP and a poorer economy.

For an economist, this all sounds like bad news…

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