My No-Hype Review Of: Richer, Wiser, Happier

Every once in awhile a new investing book (or personal finance book) comes along that gets an incredible amount of attention.  It’s on all the best seller lists.  Everyone on your Twitter feed is talking about it.  Amazon reviewers give it glowing 5-star reviews, and many people you respect and follow are recommending it.

It seems like the book is the best thing since sliced bread.

Any time I see this much positive buzz, I get skeptical.  Maybe it’s the contrarian in me, but all that marketing looks like a giant flashing-red warning sign…

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Earning Incredible Returns During The Era of Meme Stocks

With meme-stocks constantly in the news these days, the investing media spends a lot of time (perhaps too much) talking what meme stocks are doing on any given day.

“Gamestop shoots up 20% today!”  “Investors retreat, as BBY crashes by 25%!”  “AMC spikes 100% in a single day!”

Every day it’s the same nonsensical reporting about the stock price of each touted meme stock…

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May 2021 Dividend Income And Expenses

With most of the population in Washington state getting vaccinated by the end of May, things have finally started to open back up again.  The pandemic is subsiding here, and it seems like life is (slowly) returning to normal.  

As you might expect, our travel adventures resumed in May as well.  We took full advantage of the fine May weather, and went camping on Washington’s coast, near a small town called Ocean Shores…

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You Are A Investing Super Genius!

Clearly, you are a genius.  Every investment you’ve made this year is up over 15%.  Your decision to buy that [XYZ] asset was outstanding and clearly the correct decision, because the market price has gone way-way UP since you purchased it!  I bet it’s tough being so smart!

Warren Buffett had better look-out, because you’re clearly gunning for the title of “World’s Best Investor”.  He doesn’t stand a chance compared to your stock picking ability!

Some of your “not so great” investments are even doing pretty well…

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Financial Independence Happens Faster Than You Think

If you’re one of the many young people just starting-out on the path to financial independence (or even an older person just trying to catch up), the numbers can seem a little daunting.  Using common retirement rules like the “4% rule”, a $1 million dollar portfolio can safely generate a mere $40,000 of income per year.

For many, this seems like a ridiculously small amount of income to earn from such a large amount of saved money.  Perhaps you were hoping for a much larger income in retirement…

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