Reader Question: Don’t You Ever Splurge?

As a writer of a public blog about money and investing, I get plenty of feedback from the internet.  Not all of it is positive.  There are definitely trolls.  Sometimes though, people ask really insightful questions that are worth sharing.  Sometimes even the trolls ask really good questions.

Today’s post is about one such question.  A reader recently wrote to me and asked…

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Low Beta Investing: The Anomaly of Lower Risk And Greater Returns

Greater risk means greater rewards.  That’s the mantra we’ll taught about stock market investing.  Take the risk of investing in the stock market and you could lose money… but you might also make considerably more than you would in a bank account, or money market fund.

“Without risk there is no reward.”

That’s the story we’re told as newbie investors anyway…

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Is The Internet Causing The World To Become More Faddish?

Unique thinking has always been something of a rarity among the human race.  Humans are social creatures that like to fit in.  We love to talk, tell stories, share ideas, and even copy some of the best ideas.  We also tend to follow the people we believe to be authorities.

This behavioral tendency leads to fads and faddish behavior.  Take for example Tulip-mania…

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Not So Hardcore…

If you spend any time reading this blog (or other financial independence blogs), you might begin to develop something of a false impressions about this whole financial independence thing — specifically that we’re really hardcore people.  Extremists.

Occasionally I get emails from people saying, “It’s great what you’ve achieved, but you’re so hardcore I could never do that…”

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Our Geoarbitrage Plan To Lower Annual Living Expenses

When you read blogs or news articles about geoarbitrage, it’s almost always the childless couples that travel the world.  They leveraging the lower cost living of regions like Southeast Asia, Central or South American, and even Eastern Europe. 

These “nomads” will stay in a location for a couple of months, enjoying that locale to its fullest…

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Am I A Smart Home Luddite?

If you remember back from high school history class, the Luddites were a group of English textile workers in the 19th century who smashed textile machinery as part of a labor protest.  The Luddites were unhappy with new machinery taking their highly-skilled (and decently paid) jobs, and replacing them with low-skill, low-paid jobs operating modern textile machines.

Now days, the term luddite is more often used to refer to “someone who is opposed or resistant to new technologies or technological change.”

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