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The More You Own, The More It Weighs You Down

This money post references Sunday’s Game of Thrones Season 7, Episode 4. You don’t need to be a viewer to appreciate the personal finance lesson. However, if you aren’t caught up on your episodes and want to stay in the dark, this is your spoiler alert.   Season 7 of Game of Thrones is here […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Cash Flow Suffering? Change Shit Up!

Cash flow is the all-powerful financial tool. With it, you build wealth. Without it, you tread water. Maybe you consider yourself better than average with money. You take pride in elaborate spreadsheets you created while pretending to do work at your 9-5. At times, you’ve skipped meals for the sole purpose of saving money. You […]

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Is It Smart To Use A Home Equity Loan To Invest?

Update: I recently used LendingTree to find the most competitive HELOC rates (you get multiple quotes by different lenders). Good choice for mortgage and car refinance rates are good too. Interest rates have been at low levels for quite some time now. Money is still cheap. The big banks are eager to lend money, but they’ve raised […]

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Reject The Assertion You’ll Work Longer Than Your Parents

College graduation season will be here in no time. Graduates and their families will celebrate at an uplifting commencement ceremony, complete with speeches by inspirational alumni, business leaders and political figures, followed by a triumphant dinner at Applebees. Business Insider and other Twitter feeds will surely remind us that Steve Jobs gave a cool commencement […]

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Featured On Debt Free Guys

Quick post today to point you over to the Debt Free Guys blog. John and David have been kind enough to feature me on their Money Masters series. THANK YOU!!! Click here to read the entire post. Please check it out! In the post, you’ll learn more about my story, my point of view as […]

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6 Reasons Why Debt Is The Least Of Your Financial Problems

For an excellent debt and net worth tracking tool that’s 100% free, check out Personal Capital. The internet is full of debt pay-down stories and “How To” guides on getting out of debt. Debt is often characterized as the enemy or a ball and chain, but it’s not so bad compared to some broader and more significant […]

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What Can Go Wrong Buying Condo Rentals?

As I alluded to in my recent investment income update, my time and attention this past month was spent on a failed attempt to purchase a new condo rental. Five days before closing, I walked away from the deal. All told I lost about $1,000 due to associated costs leading up to the purchase, but […]

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Retirement Strategy Revisited

Back in September 2013 when I started this blog, I wrote a short post about retirement strategy. It was my third post, and it listed out my basic retirement strategy while serving as an outline for what I’d write about on the blog. This post is an updated version digging deeper into my strategy. A […]

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