5 Years Of Freedom

While I’m not normally a nostalgic person, October marked something of a major milestone in the life of Mr. Tako.  This was my fifth year of freedom from the corporate world!

Although my blog was started back in December of 2015, my last day of work at a “corporate” job was September 30th, 2015.  It took me a few months of unemployment before I finally decided to start writing the blog you see here today.

It’s been an interesting 5-year journey to say the least.  Filled with all the ups and downs, and strange fluids you might expect from raising two kids…

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The Last Hurdle: Investing With Industry Trends

As investors, we often hear the siren call of “being a contrarian” — The stories of bucking the trend, buying stocks at low prices, and then reaping incredible gains are the stuff that contrarian dreams are made of.  As such, many investors like to fashion themselves as contrarians.

Unfortunately, real life isn’t quite as easy as in the stories — It takes a lot of guts to buy a stock when it’s down at the bottom of a dumpster.  During the best of times, making these buy or sell decisions can be tricky…

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The Wacky World Of Close-End Funds

Imagine for a moment, you’re a carpenter.  You build houses for a living.  The tools in your toolkit are everything to your profession.  These tools are used to shape, size, and fasten together all the raw materials needed to build a house.

But what if you restricted yourself to only a hand-saw, a hammer, and bunch of nails?  (Perhaps you forgot the power-tools at home.)  Suddenly, building that house just got a lot harder…

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September 2020 Dividend Income And Expenses

Wait, what?  September is over already?  How did that happen?

With the kids now back in school (well, OK… virtual school) and my focus on keeping the kids focused on their studies, September absolutely flew by.  It was here and gone in a flash!

The Tako family mostly stuck to home and kept to ourselves in September… which I suppose is pretty normal life these days.  You know, because of the pandemic.

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Kicking Yourself When You’re Winning

Have you noticed?  The internet makes everything look easy.  Just DIY yourself a home remodel in 24 hours!  Sure, no problem!  Done in a jiffy!  Start your online business today and you’ll be making millions in mere weeks!

Simple as pie!  And that’s how the world works on the internet.

Unlike in the real world, absolutely everyone on the internet is incredibly confident, with super amazing skills and talents…

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The Stock Sector I Like Best (Right Now)

With plenty of cash on-hand, I’m always on the lookout to add to my existing stock positions… or find new stocks in which to invest.  Generally speaking though, I don’t consider myself a “sector” style investor.  I don’t buy sector ETF’s or sector index funds…  but sometimes the market will put entire sectors on-sale.

It happens because investors take-on a kind of “group think” around certain industries.  This lemming-like behavior can sometimes be completely right…

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Escaping The Summer Heat

Like most families, when school lets out for summer, that’s when the Tako family does most of our traveling.  This year the world had other plans for us.  COVID-19 happened, and our summer travel plans were canceled.

Instead of visiting the national parks of the American Southwest (like we planned), we settled for a quiet summer at home.  It was a bit of a bummer to be honest… but we tried to make the best of it.

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