Marriage. Even in the best of times marriage isn’t easy. With divorce statistics in the U.S. stating that 41% of first marriages and 60% of second marriages end in divorce, the prospect of financial destruction due to divorce is a very real risk for those on the path to Financial Independence. Even for couples that have already reached FI…Read more
Another month is done, and it’s time for another monthly financial check-up! For most families, when the “Holiday Season” starts, expenses also begin their seasonal increase. Usually this happens due to an increase in partying, gift giving associated with the holidays, and the seasonal cooling of the weather…Read more
Last weekend was Thanksgiving weekend. For those of you that don’t live in the United States, Thanksgiving is a long holiday weekend filled with lots of eating, and time with family. As is traditional on the Thanksgiving holiday, many families often travel great distances to visit one another for the long holiday weekend…Read more
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?Read more
Well that was cool! My last post got a little personal, and all the positive reader feedback was simply amazing! You peeps are truly awesome! Truly!
Before I get too misty-eyed and start giving out tentacle laden hugs, let’s change the subject to something a little bit more clinical: Value Traps…Read more
I’ll be the first to admit that the contents of this blog are all over the place. Some days I’ll be writing a blog post about my kids, then a couple days later I’ll be posting an article on my investing philosophy.
To outside eyes, my post topics can seem almost random…Read more
Every year around this time I write a blog post where I rant and rave about the excessively high cost of this year’s new smartphones. I called these posts “Phoning It In” and did one for both 2016 and 2017.
The even higher cost of this year’s phones still bothers me, but this year I’ve decided to do something a little different…Read more
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!”Read more
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…Read more