A Wealth Of Dirt

Normally I don’t wax poetically about my childhood here on this blog.  But for today’s post, I’m going to need to drop a little background in order for you to understand.  I’m going to share a few choice tidbits from my past life.

While most children in my same era (the 1980’s and 90’s) grew up in the safe suburbs of clean and prosperous cities, I most certainly did not. 

Without giving-away certain details that might give-away my secret identity, I can reveal…

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Investing Ideas: January 2020 (Slow Growth Monsters)

Yep, it’s another investing ideas post!  It’s been several months since I last posted one of these ideas posts, but I have forgotten you guys!  I know how popular they are!

I’ve just been really busy.  Honestly!  With the holidays  behind us, and my old car finally sold (yes it sold!), I’m feeling like I finally have time to sit down and start digging into some juicy annual reports!

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The Failure Of Historical Data Advantages

In past episodes of Mr. Tako Escapes, I’ve written rather incessantly about the difficulty of trying to predict the future.  Even though it would be exceedingly handy to predict future stock market movements, most humans have no ability to predict the future.

Despite this, many people try — They gamble hard-earned money on the speculative investments in the belief that the investment will become “The Next Big Thing”.  Sometimes they win, and sometimes they lose…

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Growing Passive Income In 2020

Passive income.  It’s the El Dorado of the financial independence world.  Everyone wants it, and everyone thinks they know the best way to find it.  Some people swear by rental properties, others invest crowd funded real estate projects.  A few even manage to find it by investing in stocks and bonds.

Passive income (as you might expect) isn’t easy to find…

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December 2019 Expenses And Dividend Income

Oh what a difference a month makes!  Back in November the Tako family was blowing the doors off our regular monthly budget due to the purchase of a “new to me” car.  Weak dividend income in November didn’t exactly help our cash-flow situation either.

December was a complete turn-around story however.  It marked a return to normal spending and a chance for our cash to replenish itself with a very dividend heavy month.

How great was our December?  Read on to find out!

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The Holiday Aftermath: A Mixed Financial Bag

Happy New Year!  It’s been two weeks since I last posted anything on this blog! Wow!  Has it been that long already?

As usual around the holiday season, I take a break from blogging to spend time with my family.  It’s all about spending time with the wife and kids, and a whole lot less time spent thinking about money and finance! On that front, I think the holidays were a success..

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Story Stocks And When To Buy Them

Well, it’s time.  The holiday season is upon us!  It’s time of parties, good food, and plenty of socializing and celebrating.  Inevitably, I find myself invited to a few of these holiday parties every year.

My modus operandi at holiday parties tends to consist of standing around with a party-plate filled with snacks, being chatted-up by people I’ve never met…

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Izakaya Cucumbers

If I had to pick my favorite kind of restaurant on this planet, I would probably pick an Izakaya.  Not the smoky drinking-dens of yesteryear, but the newer and more vibrant version that serves delicious food at reasonable prices.

Izakaya’s are a form of Japanese restaurant that serve up small plates of delicious food to be shared.  In addition to the food, they serve also alcohol and other drinks to patrons in need of refreshment…

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