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Steak Dinner For Vegans

One of my new favorite podcasts is the Animal Spirits Podcast hosted by bloggers Michael Batnick and Ben Carlson of Ritholtz Wealth Management. These guys are prolific writers and tweeters who often poke fun at investment pundits and fund managers who try to predict future market returns. Turn on CNBC and there’s always someone who claims to know […]

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How I Track My Dividend Income In Excel

In the almost five years of sharing my investments on this blog, I’ve never shown exactly how I track dividend income. This article lays out the steps (with screenshots) I take each month to import dividend data into my tracking spreadsheet, estimate forward dividend income, and easily capture dividend increases. My forward 12-month investment income […]

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7 Smart Money Habits To Build Long-Term Wealth

Most of us aren’t looking for extravagant wealth. We simply want sustainable and long-lasting wealth that provides financial security for our families and enough money to fund the lifestyle we desire. That kind of wealth is more attainable than most people think. But there are no shortcuts. By consistently following a tried and true strategy over […]

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LendingClub Investor Review 2018 – Five Years Of Solid Returns

Google announced its purchase of a minority stake in LendingClub in May 2013. That event opened my eyes to the potential of earning passive income via peer lending. Five years after making my first note investment, my LendingClub holdings are back to providing reliable returns after some turbulence over the past 18 months. This LendingClub investor review shares […]

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No Shortcuts For Bricklayers

A New York-based company called Construction Robotics has designed and built a bricklaying robot called SAM (Semi-Automated Mason) that can place up to 3,000 bricks during an 8-hour day. That’s about three times the number of bricks that the fastest human bricklayers can set. The machine requires at least two humans to load materials and finish […]

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Liquor, Ladies, and Leverage: How Smart People Go Broke

In 2002, a nineteen-year-old garbage man in the U.K. named Michael Carroll won a lottery jackpot worth $14 million dollars. Instead of making smart money moves with his winnings, he spent his fortune on jewelry and a mansion where he threw lavish parties with drugs and prostitutes. A decade later, he was broke and working […]

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The #1 Reason To Simplify Your Finances (And What I’m Doing About It This Year)

My latest article on U.S. News & World Report recommends tips to simplify your finances in retirement. Retirement isn’t the only time to simplify. Anytime is a good time to simplify. But I’m a bad role model for simplifying finances because I’m on the far side of the spectrum with multiple personal investment accounts and bank […]

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Individual Stocks vs. Index Funds – Why I Choose Both

I’ve never joined the debate about individual stocks vs. index funds because I’ve never chosen one side or another. I invest in dividend growth stocks, index funds, and even a few growth stocks. In surprising proportions. I’ve invested in individual stocks since 1995. That year, my uncle gifted me one share of Chevron stock and […]

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Nerding Out With My New Employer-Sponsored Retirement Plan

One of the best benefits of my new job is the employer-sponsored retirement plan. The plan was confusing at first, even for me who lives and breathes this stuff. But they made it complicated to maximize the tax advantages. It’s so good, the plan is even better than most of the 401(k)s of the big […]

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How To Invest Money With Confidence And Competence

A few readers recently expressed a lack of confidence in their investing. They are uncomfortable with where their money is and unsure how to make changes. I sensed some fear because of the recent downturn, maybe for good reason. So today’s post is about how to invest money more confidently by increasing your financial security […]

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A Healthy Reminder That Stocks Don’t Always Go Up

Bull markets are glorious because they make just about everyone participating feel like they’re a genius investor. Until the markets reverse and you lose money. Sometimes a lot of money. Then you feel like crap as you watch your net worth plummet. This month we’ve seen some long-awaited volatility return to the stock markets. After […]

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Are “Smart” Money Moves Preventing Us From Becoming Rich?

Back in January of 2017, most personal finance professionals, advisers, bloggers, and just about anybody willing to give you money advice said to avoid investing in crypto-currencies such as Bitcoin. The price of Bitcoin at the close of 2016 was $963.74 per $1 USD. On the last day of 2017, the price was $14,156.40. That’s […]

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Build Income Streams. Explore The Unusual.

After choosing a domain name and starting my blog back in September of 2013, the software behind the scenes called WordPress asked me to declare a tagline. Unprepared, the first three words that came to mind were Invest. Retire. Travel. Those three words accurately presented the message I wanted to convey to my readers so I went […]

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20 Passive Income Ideas To Consider In 2018

Normal people earn a paycheck and spend most of it every month. Wealthy people invest their money and time into income producing assets and business ideas that make money. What better way to start 2018 than by creating new passive income streams to help free your time and build wealth? To get you motivated, I’ve compiled a […]

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