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The Lifelong Burden Of Material Objects

I saw a tweet recently that read like a blunt kick in the nuts. “The Vast Majority of Baseball Cards are Worthless” The tweet came from a Twitter handle and blog called Unusual Investments. The blog post was inspired by a recent Wall Street Journal article about a 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle baseball card going up […]

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Build Income Streams In Case You’re Fired!

One striking revelation from the presidential election process this year was the sharp contrast between people who think the U.S. is in pretty good shape and those who feel the country never recovered from the last recession. Politics aside, the U.S. is in its 89th straight month of economic expansion. The longest post-World-War-II economic expansion […]

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How To Invest In Real Estate Without All The Hassle

Real estate investing is a tried and true method for building income streams and wealth. But learning how to invest in real estate is not easy. Finding a deal and managing the property (or paying someone to) is best learned through mentorship, but often learned through hard knocks. I learned how to invest in real estate […]

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Put It On The Line: Advice From a 9-Time World Champion

A few months ago I was cleaning out my basement and uncovered a 25-year-old autograph. It’s from one of the most competitive and influential athletes to ever represent a sport. His words were inspirational to my 16-year-old self, and reading over his simple phrase today reminds me that we’re all capable of accomplishing extraordinary things […]

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Is Moving Worth It To Achieve Financial Independence?

Does it make sense to move somewhere cheap to achieve financial independence sooner? It’s a topic we talk about sometimes in our household. If we could lower our housing costs by moving, we could retire much sooner than our plan. We’re in a middle stage of life with three young kids, a minivan, and a mortgage and in […]

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Eliminate Car Payments From Your Life (And Never Go Back)

If you want to get serious about taking control of your financial life so you can build wealth, it’s time to eliminate car payments. Car payments are a persistent nag on the lives of many U.S. consumers. But they don’t have to be, and shouldn’t be even with super-low interest rates. Because they crush your monthly […]

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9 Stocks I Bought (And Sold) Last Quarter

The Portfolio page on my blog has been updated as of September 30th, 2016. 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 stock purchases and investment income (aka passive income) publicly as opposed to net worth. I still track my net […]

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List Of Debt-Free S&P 500 Companies

  How much debt is on the balance sheet? That’s one of the first questions I answer when I’m evaluating a stock. Companies borrow money for a myriad of reasons including to launch business lines, fund acquisitions, fund operations, and sometimes to fund distributions to shareholders. Smart MBAs sit in office suites and perform elaborate spreadsheet […]

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LendingRobot Review – Automate Your Peer Loan Investing

The following article is a comprehensive LendingRobot Review. My goal is to provide potential users an authentic review of the website by sharing my experience over the past year. To invest with LendingRobot, you first need to open an investing account with a peer to peer lending site such as Lending Club, Prosper or Funding Circle.  I […]

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The Nude Selfie Of Personal Finance

The signs in the gym locker room are clear: Picture taking in the men’s room is strictly prohibited. Please inform the front desk of violations. Yet every once in a while, some beefcake dude will stand there in front of the locker room mirror, whip out his phone, and snap a selfie. I sort of get it. […]

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Should I Refinance My Mortgage Again?

I’ve owned real estate for almost ten years. Over that period I’ve refinanced my rental property twice and our primary residence once so far (I found the lowest rate at LendingTree. Saved me a ton of money). I’ve been thinking, should I refinance my mortgage again? Refinancing is a hassle. But it has saved me tens of […]

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Not Everybody’s A Spreadsheet Wizard

Ever since I was a young boy, I’ve played the gridded sheet. From Lotus down to Excel, I know all embedded cheats. But I ain’t seen nothing like him, in any corporate suite… That deaf, dumb and blind kid sure types a mean spreadsheet! * Many RBD readers have an obsession with spreadsheets, often creating ridiculous ones at the office […]

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There’s Always Money In The Banana Stand

Arrested Development was an early 2000’s TV comedy loved by its fans. Despite critical acclaim, it failed to gain traction and the show was canceled after three seasons. Years later it was revamped as a Netflix series thanks to the enduring hilarity of the first three seasons and its grassroots fan base. Challenged with cast schedules, the […]

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10 Stocks I Bought Last Quarter

The Portfolio page on my blog has been updated as of June 30th, 2016 with the latest 10 stocks I’ve recently bought. 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. If you’re a first-time reader, I track my […]

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Revolt Against Fees!

Last week I received bad news about a dividend reinvestment plan (DRIP) that I’ve invested in for the past two-plus years. Procter & Gamble (PG), the consumer products giant and popular Dividend Aristocrat, switched its stock transfer agent and raised fees. DRIP fees are the enemy of dividend growth investors. Those of us that track […]

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The Productivity Paradox Of Parenthood

We have three kids under age five. People cringe when I say that. Faced with the huge responsibility of raising children, you’d think that parents would be completely unproductive outside of parenting. Instead, many Moms and Dads consider themselves more productive after having a few kids. It’s kind of a productivity paradox for parenting. When I meet […]

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