The Onus Of Control

Imagine for a moment, you walk into a room filled with money nerds.  All eyes in the room are on you, because you’re giving a presentation on personal finance.  With sweaty palms you step up the podium and do a quick mike-check:

“One million.  Two million.  Three million.  Can everyone hear me OK?”

Those pleasantries completed, you begin with your opening line…

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October 2019 Expenses And Dividend Income

Wow!  Another month is gone already?  Holy-heck did October ever fly by fast!  I was pretty productive this October, mainly due to the kids being back in school/daycare.  With the kids away, I can generally get a good 24 hours per week to work on various projects around the house…

Which is exactly what I did for most of the month of October!  I was so busy trying to get all my outdoor projects done before our ”monsoon season” started, that I even missed International Octopus Day…

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Trading Sardines And The Hubris Of Investing Success

What’s that?  Another new all-time high?  Lately, investors have been cheering plenty of new all-time stock market highs. With the S&P 500 rising 22% year-to-date, they would seem to have plenty to cheer about.  It’s been a very good year for stock investors.

In fact, the last decade has seen nothing but new highs every few months.  Regular as clockwork.  It’s hard NOT to feel good about the returns…

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Investing Ideas: October 2019

With October rolling to a close in slightly more than a week, I thought it was high-time to spit out one of my investing ideas posts.  For those of you not familiar with series of posts, every month I try to write-up the most interesting investing ideas I’ve seen over the past month.

These are investments that I find interesting, unique, and perhaps have the potential to compound money for shareholders…

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The Richest Person In The Graveyard

When most young men and women start out in the workplace, they typically start at the bottom.  The very bottom.  Scrubbing toilets, cleaning floors, and taking on the most tedious boring work.  They usually do the all the menial jobs that their more experienced elders wouldn’t touch with a 10-foot pole.

These junior workers are (of course) loaded down with student debt, and own very little in the way of assets…

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How Often Do You Check?

One common piece of personal finance advice I see written all over the internet, is to not look at the market (or your account balance).  “Just ignore what stocks are doing” they say.  “It’s all just noise.”  “Don’t look at the stock market and live a great life” write other personal finance blogs.

Depending upon how you look at it, this could either be sensible financial advice, or covering your eyes and hoping for the best…

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