Are you “happy as a clam” with your stock returns in 2022? If you have money invested in the U.S. stock market, it’s probably hard to be happy at the moment. Instead of the positive returns that we’ve come to expect in recent years, the stock market has been falling into negative territory this year…Read more
December can be a difficult month. On one hand it’s the coldest, darkest, and (at least here in the Pacific Northwest) the wettest part of the year. It can be rather depressing. You also have a great number of “cultural holidays” packed into the month — Christmas and New Years being the primary ones…Read more
Happy New Year! It’s time again to do the final accounting for 2021 investment gains, and this is traditionally the one-time a year I look at our family’s net worth.
Why only once a year? Looking at net worth is a lot like taking the temperature. It’s changing constantly (like the weather), and almost certainly “wrong” only moments later…Read more
At times, it can seem impossible to get ahead in the world. Last week, the latest U.S CPI came out, announcing a 6.8% increase in consumer prices — the highest level of inflation the U.S. has seen in decades. The last time we saw inflation at these levels or higher was 1982! It’s been 39 years…Read more
Has it been a month since I last posted already? As you can tell dear readers, I’ve been posting a lot less frequently here at MrTakoEscapes. The truth is, I just haven’t been feeling the blogging ‘groove’ lately…Read more
Ah, Fall! It’s that time of year when the weather turns chilly and damp, cold drinks get switched out for hot drinks (cocoa, tea, or coffee), and the leaves begin changing all sorts of beautiful colors…Read more
Have you heard the story about the frog dropped into a boiling pot of water? As the story goes, if you drop a frog into a pot of boiling water, it will jump out of the boiling water, and survive. This same story tells us that if you put a frog into a lukewarm pot of water, and then slowly raise the temperature…Read more
Don’t look now, but September is already done! Where does the time go? September was a very exceptional month on many fronts — both financial and on my daily schedule.
The most important change was that the kids started school again! In person school! Woohoo!Read more
The stock market is booming this year, and at the time of writing the S&P 500 is up a healthy 16% YTD. Along with it, most portfolio balances are reaching new highs. This has put a lot of otherwise smart investors in a very good mood.
Euphoric might be a good word for it…Read more