Investing Ideas: October 2019

With October rolling to a close in slightly more than a week, I thought it was high-time to spit out one of my investing ideas posts.  For those of you not familiar with series of posts, every month I try to write-up the most interesting investing ideas I’ve seen over the past month.

These are investments that I find interesting, unique, and perhaps have the potential to compound money for shareholders…

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Rethinking Old Expenses (The Phone-less Experiment)

The Tako family had a rough day on Tuesday.  We lost a soldier in our battle against household spending.   After six long years of faithful service my cell-phone died on Tuesday morning.  It did so with very inconvenient timing.  I use my phone as an alarm clock, and that means when the phone died my morning alarm did not go off.

Yeah, I know — first world problem.

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The Richest Person In The Graveyard

When most young men and women start out in the workplace, they typically start at the bottom.  The very bottom.  Scrubbing toilets, cleaning floors, and taking on the most tedious boring work.  They usually do the all the menial jobs that their more experienced elders wouldn’t touch with a 10-foot pole.

These junior workers are (of course) loaded down with student debt, and own very little in the way of assets…

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How Often Do You Check?

One common piece of personal finance advice I see written all over the internet, is to not look at the market (or your account balance).  “Just ignore what stocks are doing” they say.  “It’s all just noise.”  “Don’t look at the stock market and live a great life” write other personal finance blogs.

Depending upon how you look at it, this could either be sensible financial advice, or covering your eyes and hoping for the best…

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The Paradox Of Thrift And The Wonders Of Consumption

If you spend any time around the personal finance “blog-o-sphere”, you’re bound to encounter dozens if not hundreds of articles extolling the virtues of spending less and saving more.  You’re also likely to have heard the message that “anybody can reach Financial Independence” if they really put their mind to it and save 50% or more of their income.

Lately though, I’ve started to change my mind about some of these core messages…

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