Escaping The Summer Heat

Like most families, when school lets out for summer, that’s when the Tako family does most of our traveling.  This year the world had other plans for us.  COVID-19 happened, and our summer travel plans were canceled.

Instead of visiting the national parks of the American Southwest (like we planned), we settled for a quiet summer at home.  It was a bit of a bummer to be honest… but we tried to make the best of it.

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Escaping The Madness Of Crowds

As I write this, the S&P 500 just set another new all-time high.  A new record itself isn’t unusual (The S&P 500 has been setting new records for decades), but to do so in the middle of one of the world’s worst recessions AND during the middle of a pandemic is strange.  Okay, it sounds more than just strange, it sounds downright crazy.

Year to date, the S&P 500 is up about 5% … yet nobody I know is willing to say the world is in a better place than it was a year ago.

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5 DIY Ways To Save You’re Probably Ignoring

Like most people, you’ve probably found yourself cooking AND eating at home a lot more in 2020.  As a result you’ve probably seen some very significant savings in your monthly budget this year.

You’re certainly not alone – The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis recorded a national savings rate of 32.2% in April and 23.3% in May.  This is the most recently released data from the BEA.  Those two months in 2020 are the highest savings rates ever recorded in the United States!  No period in history even comes close (at least since the Bureau of Economic Analysis started keeping track).

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Alternative Stocks Poised To Succeed In A COVID-19 World

As a perpetual student of the stock market, I’m always keeping tabs on what’s moving and shaking in the world of finance.  Lately it’s been a group of stocks I call the “COVID-proof” stocks — Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix, Tesla, Zoom, Microsoft, and Google, that are doing most of the moving and shaking.  (Meanwhile, the S&P 500 is almost flat for the year — down a mere 1.4%)

All of these stocks have seen incredible price gains since the market lows of mid-March…

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June 2020 Expenses And Dividend Income

June was an exceptionally good month.  Life was good.  Really good in fact!  Our financials held-up well (all things considered) during the pandemic, and the kids finally finished school in June. Which means we have the resources and time for some family adventure!

In Washington State (where we live), our “stay-at-home order” has finally ended.  Things are definitely not “back to normal”, but we can at least get out of the house a bit more…

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