Investing Ideas: October 2018

I’d like to nickname this October’s Investing Ideas the “falling knife” edition.  A new bear market may have finally begun.  Why do I think this?  My stock screens have been a sea of red the last couple of weeks, with values falling far from the high-water marks.

While a bear market is not necessarily bad thing, investing when 12 of the last 14 days have been negative feels a lot like trying to catching a “falling knife”…

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Mr. Tako’s Butter Chicken Curry

Let me just start this post by saying, “I really dislike buying sauce packets.”  Sure, they’re convenient and can help make a tasty meal, but they’re also really expensive for what you get.  Use of commercially made sauce packages can easily double the cost of a home cooked meal.

They’re also loaded with preservatives, food coloring, fillers, and tons of ingredients I would never willingly put into my mouth if I had a choice…

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Why I’m Not Passing On A Financial Plan To The Next Generation

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about the financial lessons that I’m going to hand down to my kids.  They’re finally getting old enough to where they understand how to count and use money.  They’ve also reached the age where they’re constantly asking me to buy stuff. 

For example, I recently had this charming conversation…

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September 2018 Dividend Income And Expenses

After a long hot summer in the Pacific Northwest, the clouds, rain, and cool weather are officially back.  This means the Tako family’s expenses begin their seasonal increase as the garden now produces fewer vegetables, and our heating costs grow to match the falling temperatures.

It was a golden summer (probably one of the warmest in recent memory) and I spent a lot of quality time with the kids…

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Your Money Or Your Migraines

We all want to live longer and lead healthier lives, but there’s considerable disagreement about how to actually achieve this feat.  If you follow popular trends, there’s always some kind of new diet fad going around.  Your guess is as good as mine whether any of it will actually help you live longer.

To some extent having more money can actually solve the longevity problem.  Data has long been available in the U.S. that showed affluent cities tend to have residents with longer life expectancies than those in poor cities.  Presumably, having access to greater wealth provides for better healthcare and thus a longer life span…

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