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How My 20-Year Investment In Coca-Cola Has Fared

20 years ago, I was a college junior enrolled in investing and corporate finance courses. Being freshly educated about the time value of money, I knew my youth was my most powerful investing advantage. But I didn’t have much money. A few years earlier, my Uncle gifted me one share of Chevron stock through the […]

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The Definition Of Bad News

Eight days ago, I received a devastating phone call about the health of a loved one. When you receive a call like that, your heart sinks. Then it thumps while you attempt to listen to the details. This wasn’t completely out of the blue since some issues have lingered for the past few weeks. But […]

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The 2022 Project: A New Target Date

I’ve always pictured retirees as carefree shuffleboard playing Floridians and old-guy golfers in butterfly collared shirts and plaid pants. My Dad fits this mold except he has no desire to move to Florida and his golf wardrobe isn’t that cool. He retired at age 56 in 2002 and hasn’t worked one day since. My parents spend […]

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Strive To Wake Up And Do Nothing (With Your Finances)

This quote changed the way I think about my career. Soon after I read it, a coworker complained to me that his manager was dumping menial work on his underlings; to the point it appeared he was taking on very few tasks. Previously, I would have sided with my coworker thinking this manager was not […]

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Never Regret A Paid Off Debt

Over the years, I’ve been indebted many times for one reason or another. Mostly car loans and a few mortgages, but sometimes personal loans too. After college, my parents lent me $5,500 to buy a used Mazda. The interest rate was better than a traditional car loan so I was grateful to take the deal. […]

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8 Investments I Made Last Quarter

The Portfolio page on my blog has been updated as of March 31st, 2017. This page outlines my portfolio of taxable investments and the income generated on a yearly and average monthly basis. Click here to access all previous portfolio updates. I track my working assets and investment income publicly as opposed to net worth. I still track my net worth and […]

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“As Long As The Stock Market Doesn’t Crash”

I ran into my former coworker, Bob, in the office lobby the other day. We started talking about retirement. He’s planning to fully retire later this year. He’ll be 62-years-old. The last time we spoke about retirement, his target age was 67. I congratulated him for being five years ahead of schedule. He’s one of […]

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How To Live On One Income – 10 Things We Did To Make It Work

We sometimes see friends on Facebook asking about local daycare facilities or looking for a nanny to watch their kids while they work. It must be stressful to find high-quality affordable daycare. We’ve never had to deal with child care because we started thinking about how to live on one income before we were engaged, […]

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Why I Don’t Feel Wealthy Today

Two recent articles got me thinking about personal wealth. The first is by the popular early retirement blogger Joe from Retire By 40 called When Will You Feel Rich? The second is from The Guardian called Scraping by on six figures? Tech workers feel poor in Silicon Valley’s wealth bubble. The articles are quite different. […]

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Higher Salary Vs. Better Benefits

13 years with one company is a long time in today’s employment market. My tenure has never been about loyalty or career advancement, and it certainly won’t earn me a gold watch. The company pays me a salary above the market rate for the job I do. That’s why I’ve stayed. The benefits have always lagged […]

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That’s Not Our Dream House Anymore

My Mom and her sisters used to take me and my cousins on house tours. We’d visit city mansions and historic homes that were preserved for viewing or opened to show off antiques and interior designs. I loved walking through the old homes. I remember exquisite stone exteriors and unique customizations like hidden doors, secret […]

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Save More Money With These 15+ Tax-Friendly Accounts

The U.S. tax code is filled with a mind-boggling array of tax-avoidance tools including tax-friendly accounts, loopholes, and special favors to various constituents. The primary intent of the tax code is to collect money, but the politicians who shape it add in a bunch of cheats and easter eggs that lower the amount of tax they […]

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