Five Reasons Why The Stock Market Is A Really Weird Place To Invest

Investing your hard earned dollars into the stock market is probably the most common way to save for retirement these days, but investing takes plenty of faith (as discussed in a previous post).  Market crashes and giant bull markets happen.  Black Swan events.  Weird stuff happens all the time.  Things you wouldn’t expect, and events that defy logic.  There’s even times when investing theory and the real world just completely disagree…

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How Much Does This Blog Make (2019)?

It seems like everybody has a side hustle these days.  Whether it’s a Youtube channel, flipping goods on Ebay, selling hand-made thingamajigs on Etsy — there’s plenty of ways to make a little extra money on the side.  Blogs (like this one) are just one example.

Most people don’t make a ton of money from these side hustles however.  You don’t see Etsy many sellers driving Ferrari’s…

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May 2019 Dividend Income And Expenses

I think May has to be my favorite month of the year to live in the Pacific Northwest.  Everything is green and blooming from previous rain showers, and the weather finally gets warm and dry enough to spend an entire day outside with the family.

Most of the year here is cold, cloudy and wet.  We spend a lot of time indoors playing board games, reading books, watching movies, hanging out with friends, and trying to stay dry….

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Investing Ideas: June 2019

They say the time to buy is when blood is in the streets… Well, I’ve starting to see plenty of red over the last couple of weeks.  I guess that means it’s time for another investing ideas post!

Yep, it really has been months since I last wrote one of these investing ideas posts.  It wasn’t because I lacked any interest in investing; I just couldn’t find any great ideas.  Everything just looked too expensive to my eyes over these last 6 months…

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The Failure of Specialization And the Rise Of Financially Independent Generalists

Do you consider yourself a specialist or a generalist?  It’s not a question you normally hear people asking themselves.  Most people choose a specialization during college, and try to find work in that specialized field with the hope of earning a good living (and decent retirement).

In general, specialization is a good strategy.  Specialized jobs typically pay more than being a generalist, and the payoffs for greater experience in specialized fields makes it worth it to pursue very specialized skills…

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Is Early Retirement Boring?

One of the more frequent criticisms I hear about early retirement is that, “I’d be bored if I retired and quit my job.”  (As if an interesting life doesn’t really exist outside the confines of a job.)

Personally, I hate the term ‘retired’.  It comes with too much emotional baggage to be a useful word.  It’s one of the reasons why I don’t self-describe myself as ‘retired’ on this blog…

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Single Parent Tango

If there’s one thing I’ve learned from being a parent, it’s this — Parenting is a tough job.  Everyone tells you this when you prepare to have a child, but you don’t truly understand just how tough it is until you’ve actually walked in the parenting shoes.

This goes doubly-so for single parents.  When there’s two parents you can tag-team away some of the difficulty…

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