When The Stock Store Closes

Happy New Year!  Whew, the holidays are finally over!  Things can finally get back to normal.  I’ve been so busy lately with visiting family, taking care of kids, and completing holiday gifts that I’ve hardly had time to pump-out a blog post for the last couple of weeks.

A typical holiday (or school day-off) can be no picnic for your average financially independent SAHD…

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Catching The Falling Knife: Investing Into A Bear Market

With just a couple of days left in 2018, it appears extremely likely the stock market is going to end the year in negative territory.  As of writing this blog post, the S&P is down around -7.59%.  This will not go down as a stellar year for stock market returns… but it is well within the bounds of “normal” for a single calendar year.

Of course, this fact does nothing to make individual investors feel better about losses.  The market value of your assets is going to be less than what you started the year with. That doesn’t make anybody feel good…

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Wealth Building Is Mostly Invisible

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?

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Investing With Multiple Possible Outcomes

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!”

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October 2018 Dividend Income And Expenses

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…

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