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Don’t Need This Stinkin’ Job

Recent contractual turbulence at my 9-5 job has people nervous. Funding is uncertain. Job cuts are likely.  Thanks to my expertise and training, I should be OK. But the situation reminds me that the pursuit of financial independence prepares us for corporate layoffs and recessions, even if we’re not 100% financially free yet. A potential […]

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Windmill

How To Invest With A Conscience

Is it possible to invest with a conscience? Among the many excuses to not start investing is concerns about investing money in the big mean corporations… according to what comes up in my Facebook news feed. You’ve heard it before… Walmart doesn’t pay for enough health insurance. Exxon pollutes. Monsanto unleashed an army of rabid nanobots […]

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The Best Summer Job Ever (And Why Lifeguarding Is For Suckers)

A few months before the summer of 1996, I committed to a lifeguarding job at a local pool. It was supposed to be my fifth consecutive summer as a guard. Lifeguarding was an easy and stable summer job in my youth, but it never paid well. This new gig was at a private club with […]

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June 2017 Received vs Projected Monthly

8 Investments I Made In The Last 3 Months

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

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Step Off The Damn Treadmill

The financial firm UBS publishes a quarterly report called Investor Watch that analyzes investor behavior. One of these reports has remained on my mind since publication in 2015. The report is called When is enough… enough – Why the wealthy can’t get off the treadmill. The premise is that more than half (52%) of millionaires surveyed […]

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Speculative Investments

When Speculative Investments Pay Off Big

About a decade ago I was hanging out with a good friend of mine who’s a veterinarian. At the time, I was always looking for speculative investments. So I picked his brain about the profession. When I asked if any specific companies were notable in veterinary medicine, he mentioned one called MWI Veterinary Supply. The […]

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How Moving Abroad For A Year Made Us Better At Parenting & Money

I’m super-excited to bring you a guest post today from my friend Chad Carson of CoachCarson.com. Chad primarily writes about achieving financial independence via real estate investing. But he’s also in the midst of an epic year living abroad with his wife and two daughters in Cuenca, Ecuador. I’m envious of their planning and bravery […]

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Lending Club Review – Four Years of Solid Returns

Google announced its purchase of a minority stake in Lending Club in May of 2013. That event opened my eyes to the potential of earning passive income via peer lending. Four years of investing later, Lending Club has delivered consistent returns for my overall portfolio of investments. This Lending Club review will share my personal performance numbers […]

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Seek Adventure

Seek Adventure While Your Money Works For You

  Adventure is dirt cheap. You don’t need fancy mountaineering gear to explore new parts of your hometown or find an off-the-path beach in Mexico. One-way flights are half price. Adventure can be a fresh side business, a new romance (hopefully not a dirt cheap one), or anything that gets you out of your normal routine. International […]

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Coca Cola DRIP

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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Definition of Bad News

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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