Stock Sell-offs, Pandemics, And A Black Swan

Oh what a difference two weeks makes in the realm of personal finance!  As I write this, the DOW is down over 2,000 points from its all-time highs.  The stock market is in panic mode as stocks drop day after day. 

The day’s newspaper headlines look like they came straight from a horror movie…

“Pandemic fears send stocks crashing”

“Dow Plunges for a second day on virus fears”

“Coronavirus fear sickens stock market”…

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Don’t Miss Out On Life’s Incredible Abundance

When I see personal finance blogs writing about abundance, they’re usually talking about abundance in the context of “There’s a huge abundance of money in the world!!  Go out there and start a side hustle to capture some of that abundance!”

Which is completely preposterous when you think about it  — money is simply a method of transferring value.  Managing the money supply is one of the primary jobs of the Federal Reserve…

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Living Through The Boring Bits

Sometimes when inspiration hits for a new blog post, it comes from very strange places.  Today’s post was inspired by an odd one — I took a trip to the DMV.  Yes, really — the DMV!

Turns out, my drivers license was about to expire.  I needed to make a trip to the nearest DMV office to get it renewed.  Oh bother!  The problem is, I don’t live anywhere near a DMV office.  The nearest licensing office is a 30 minute drive away!

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January 2020 Expenses And Dividend Income

I wish I could say, “I like Winter.”  But if we’re being totally honest with each other, I really don’t.  Not even a little bit.

Our little corner of the Pacific Northwest had 28 days of precipitation in January (out of a possible 31).  That’s 28 days of measurable rain and snow under a blanket of dark clouds.  Woohoo!! 

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A Wealth Of Dirt

Normally I don’t wax poetically about my childhood here on this blog.  But for today’s post, I’m going to need to drop a little background in order for you to understand.  I’m going to share a few choice tidbits from my past life.

While most children in my same era (the 1980’s and 90’s) grew up in the safe suburbs of clean and prosperous cities, I most certainly did not. 

Without giving-away certain details that might give-away my secret identity, I can reveal…

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The Holiday Aftermath: A Mixed Financial Bag

Happy New Year!  It’s been two weeks since I last posted anything on this blog! Wow!  Has it been that long already?

As usual around the holiday season, I take a break from blogging to spend time with my family.  It’s all about spending time with the wife and kids, and a whole lot less time spent thinking about money and finance! On that front, I think the holidays were a success..

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Story Stocks And When To Buy Them

Well, it’s time.  The holiday season is upon us!  It’s time of parties, good food, and plenty of socializing and celebrating.  Inevitably, I find myself invited to a few of these holiday parties every year.

My modus operandi at holiday parties tends to consist of standing around with a party-plate filled with snacks, being chatted-up by people I’ve never met…

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November 2019 Expenses And Dividend Income

November was something of a rough month for the Tako family.  We all caught a bad cold and were feeling “under the weather” for most of the month.  It wasn’t a pleasant sight.  The family went through literal truckloads of tissue.

I’ll spare you the disgusting details, but there were actually a couple of days when I didn’t even bother to get out of bed in November.  I was that sick…

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