What a difference a month makes! After the precipitous drop of our net worth in December, I wasn’t expecting to breach the $3 million mark again for awhile… but January was an exceedingly kind month. Our net worth came back with a vengeance — In our taxable accounts alone we saw a $125k increase in January…Read more
Every year right around the end of January, I try to plan out my dividend income and capital allocation goals for the year. I started doing this in 2017, continued the process in 2018, and still find the process useful enough that I’m doing it again in 2019.
At the most basic level, my planning process amounts to putting excess cash to work from our Big Fat Cash Pile AND trying to put that cash into smart places that generate a growing stream of dividend income. The devil is in the details of course…Read more
I’m not going to sugar coat the obvious here… the Tako family net worth declined in 2018. The year 2018 turned out to be a perfect showcase for stock market volatility.
Most of the year the stock market was in a happy place — The economy was growing, consumers were borrowing and spending more, and unemployment was also super low (all of which are important ingredients for a rising stock market).
It looked as if 2018 was going to be yet another year of positive stock market returns…Read more
December is gone and a new year has begun! Now that 2019 is here, it’s time I did one of those final “tally-up” blog posts which detail all of our annual numbers. I’m usually just as curious as you guys to see how much we spent … and earned in dividends for 2018!
This last year was just a blur of activity…Read more
The market giveth and the marketh taketh away. Lately the market has been doing a lot more taking away than it has giving.
That’s just how the investing game works! Market prices can vary significantly in any given year, and investors often get way too focused on the price….Read more
Another month is done, and it’s time for another monthly financial check-up! For most families, when the “Holiday Season” starts, expenses also begin their seasonal increase. Usually this happens due to an increase in partying, gift giving associated with the holidays, and the seasonal cooling of the weather…Read more
To a certain extent, investors like myself desire to see a steadily rising net worth. Up and only up please! Unfortunately, life and the stock market don’t always comply with what I want them to do.
There will be years where the market is down, and weeks when more cash flows out than flows in. So how do I know I’m actually building wealth?Read more
Well that was cool! My last post got a little personal, and all the positive reader feedback was simply amazing! You peeps are truly awesome! Truly!
Before I get too misty-eyed and start giving out tentacle laden hugs, let’s change the subject to something a little bit more clinical: Value Traps…Read more
Another month is done, and fall in the Pacific Northwest is well underway! That means it’s time for another monthly financial write-up!
October was a super busy month for the Tako family — filled with rain, dinner parties, Halloween festivities, school activities, flu shots, and the annual fall clean-up of our yard/garden.
We spent October very close to home, but I wouldn’t have it any other way…Read more