How To Keep Compounding When The Market Won’t

There exists an urban legend about Einstein.  You’ve probably heard it before.  Supposedly Einstein once said that “compound interest is the most powerful force in the universe.”  It sounds pretty cool, and smart — like something Einstein might actually say.  Whether Einstein actually said these words or not is subject to debate.

We’ll probably never know the truth about that Einstein quote, but the important part is the truth within it — Compound interest, or more generically “compounding” is an extremely powerful financial force when it works for you…

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April 2020 Expenses And Dividend Income

April 2020 was a weird month.  A really weird month.  Inevitably it will go down in the history books as one of the strangest on record.  Not because it was a particularly good month (far from it), but because everything was just so gosh dang weird.

The stock market (for example) acted very weird in April.  It did the opposite of what you might expect during a pandemic and recession…

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Lockdown Week 6: Market Perturbations & Sushi

Well, would you look at that!  Here we are 6 weeks into the pandemic lockdown, staring down directly into the precipice of a humongous recession … and the stock market is rising.  Incredible!  Absolutely incredible.

This seemly bizarre market move has the so-called “experts” calling it a “sucker’s rally”, warning investors to stay away.  Yet the stock market is undeniably rising again…

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Lockdown Week 3: Board Games And Investing In Bear Markets

Are you starting to get a case of “cabin fever” under the coronavirus lockdown?  Maybe you’re not under a lockdown order yet.  Some places around the world are just now starting to go into lockdown mode, but here in the Pacific Northwest we’ve already been at it for 3 weeks…

So, the cabin fever has really started to set in!

Just kidding.  It’s quite the opposite in fact…

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February 2020 Expenses And Dividend Income

February was a pretty wild ride.  I started the month with a bad case of the flu, and ended the month with a bad case of a stock slump!  What a month!!

Why did stocks slump?  Most likely it’s due to the Coronavirus pandemic.  People are freaking out.

We live right next door to the hot-bed of the virus infection in the USA too — Kirkland, Washington…

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Stock Sell-offs, Pandemics, And A Black Swan

Oh what a difference two weeks makes in the realm of personal finance!  As I write this, the DOW is down over 2,000 points from its all-time highs.  The stock market is in panic mode as stocks drop day after day. 

The day’s newspaper headlines look like they came straight from a horror movie…

“Pandemic fears send stocks crashing”

“Dow Plunges for a second day on virus fears”

“Coronavirus fear sickens stock market”…

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Living Through The Boring Bits

Sometimes when inspiration hits for a new blog post, it comes from very strange places.  Today’s post was inspired by an odd one — I took a trip to the DMV.  Yes, really — the DMV!

Turns out, my drivers license was about to expire.  I needed to make a trip to the nearest DMV office to get it renewed.  Oh bother!  The problem is, I don’t live anywhere near a DMV office.  The nearest licensing office is a 30 minute drive away!

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