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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Mastering The Hidden Taxes

It’s been said that there are two certainties in life — death and taxes.  With February nearly upon us, I’m starting to seriously think about paying my federal income taxes.  That can certainly feel like death.

In the United States, paying taxes can be a pretty complicated affair — with hundreds of possible deductions, credits, write-offs, and tricky maneuvers that can be used to avoid paying taxes…

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A Better Long-Term Wealth Builder

If I ever write a book, I think I might title it, “The Nature Of Compounding”.  Afterall, I spend more time writing and thinking about compounding more than I do almost any other topic on this blog.

Compounding itself is a fantastic thing — A magical mathematical force that allows for very small amounts of money to grow into a much larger nest egg.  Interest built upon interest, where it grows in an exponential curve towards infinity…

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