Escaping The Madness Of Crowds

As I write this, the S&P 500 just set another new all-time high.  A new record itself isn’t unusual (The S&P 500 has been setting new records for decades), but to do so in the middle of one of the world’s worst recessions AND during the middle of a pandemic is strange.  Okay, it sounds more than just strange, it sounds downright crazy.

Year to date, the S&P 500 is up about 5% … yet nobody I know is willing to say the world is in a better place than it was a year ago.

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The Masters Of Boredom: How Managing The Slow Moments Can Make You Wealthy

Are you feeling a bit bored with life right about now?  With many parts of the world still under pandemic restrictions (due to the COVID-19 virus), I frequently hear people complaining of boredom — both in real life and speaking with acquaintances online.

People are bored with the lockdown life.  They want things to get back to “normal”, with its free international travel, movie theaters, indoor restaurants, bars, as well as concerts, conventions, and other social meetups….

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Alternative Stocks Poised To Succeed In A COVID-19 World

As a perpetual student of the stock market, I’m always keeping tabs on what’s moving and shaking in the world of finance.  Lately it’s been a group of stocks I call the “COVID-proof” stocks — Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix, Tesla, Zoom, Microsoft, and Google, that are doing most of the moving and shaking.  (Meanwhile, the S&P 500 is almost flat for the year — down a mere 1.4%)

All of these stocks have seen incredible price gains since the market lows of mid-March…

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June 2020 Expenses And Dividend Income

June was an exceptionally good month.  Life was good.  Really good in fact!  Our financials held-up well (all things considered) during the pandemic, and the kids finally finished school in June. Which means we have the resources and time for some family adventure!

In Washington State (where we live), our “stay-at-home order” has finally ended.  Things are definitely not “back to normal”, but we can at least get out of the house a bit more…

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There’s No Going Back…

Argh! Believe it or not this is the second time I’m writing this post. I was just about ready to publish the first (original) version last Friday, but upon hitting the ‘publish’ button, the post disappeared into a puff of digital smoke.

Damn! Hours and hours of writing completely gone due to some strange technological fart.

But my little blogging mishap is a very very small problem compared to the incredible difficulties many people are living through at this very moment. It’s been a very difficult year.

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Betting On Bankrupt Stocks: A Good Investment Or Terrible Idea?

Imagine for a moment that you’re stuck at home.  There’s no sports, no concerts, no festivals, no new movies, and the federal government (in all its infinite wisdom) has decided to write you a check!  Woohoo!  Free money!

But what could you do possibly do with that money?  Assuming you’re one of the lucky folks that still has a job, you might elect to spend that money on consumer goods…

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Investing Ideas: Year Of The Road Trip

Travel.  Ask any random person if they like to travel, and undoubtedly most will say “Oh yes, absolutely!!”.  Then after some careful thought, they’ll hedge that claim with “…but I probably won’t do a lot of traveling right now”.

Travel used to be a pretty big chunk of the average consumer’s budget.  Now, with quarantine periods for international travelers and “stay home” orders in-place, most families are simply sticking to home…

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