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
It almost goes without saying that when people put down money to invest, they believe a positive outcome will occur. Nobody ever said “Hey, I’m planning to invest this hard earned money and turn it into less money!”
That just doesn’t happen. People invest because they believe in the bullish (positive) case — “I’m going to invest and make a ton of money on my investment!”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
This is a post about cash. As in cash that’s waiting to be invested. The Tako family keeps our cash mainly in taxable money market accounts, and that cash pile has grown considerably over the last half decade.
How big of a cash pile am I talking about? Read on to find out just how big…Read more
Stock market volatility is on the rise! At least it seems that way. The last couple of weeks have seen some series whiplash inducing stock market moves, both in the positive and negative direction.
Large enough and violent enough moves to put fear into the heart of almost any investor…Read more
Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about the financial lessons that I’m going to hand down to my kids. They’re finally getting old enough to where they understand how to count and use money. They’ve also reached the age where they’re constantly asking me to buy stuff.
For example, I recently had this charming conversation…Read more
After a long hot summer in the Pacific Northwest, the clouds, rain, and cool weather are officially back. This means the Tako family’s expenses begin their seasonal increase as the garden now produces fewer vegetables, and our heating costs grow to match the falling temperatures.
It was a golden summer (probably one of the warmest in recent memory) and I spent a lot of quality time with the kids…Read more