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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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Does A High Insurability Score Help You Save Money On Premiums?

One of my goals for the year is to simplify my finances. I’ve made progress and I’m on track to consolidate most of the accounts I’ve targeted. While looking over my various accounts during this process, I realized it’s been a while since I’ve evaluated some recurring expenses to see if our family can save […]

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Craft A Better Life Than Your Parents

Having your first child is a truly life-altering event. Far more-so than marriage, a new job, or a trip around the world. Parents make extraordinary sacrifices for their children. But few realize the extent of those sacrifices until becoming a parent themselves. When I think back to my life before kids, I still can’t get […]

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A Three-Pronged Approach To Funding Your Child’s College Education

Today’s post is in coordination with #FinHealthMatters Day, an awareness campaign spearheaded by the Center for Financial Services Innovation (CFSI). CFSI is a 501(c)(3) non-profit whose mission is to improve the financial health of Americans, especially the under-served, by shaping a robust and innovative financial services marketplace with increased access to higher quality products and practices. See […]

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Teach Kids Money Management Skills With These 9 Awesome Tools

This week’s article is a guest post featuring Beau Mueller. Beau is from Hawaii and a proud father of two young boys. He is also the founder of The Moneywise Teacher, a site where educators can find useful information, advice, insights, resources, and inspiration to help them make and save more money.  I’m personally looking […]

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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 Importance Of Job Satisfaction In Pursuit Of Early Retirement

Some people are driven to the idea of early retirement because they lack job satisfaction in their career. Working into their 60’s isn’t sustainable. Unhappiness at work comes in many forms. It could be a negative coworker that makes you dread going to the office. Or the job pays a low salary with few opportunities […]

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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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Does Growing Up Mean Outgrowing Your Dreams?

Last April on a long solo drive, I listened to the Mad Fientist’s interview with Vicki Robin on the Financial Independence Podcast. Vicki Robin is the co-author of , the book that popularized the term financial independence. The 2018 version includes a foreword by Mr. Money Mustache, who in 2012, wrote about the book causing a […]

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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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10 Lessons I Learned From 4 Months Of Unemployment

The warning signs grew more obvious over the course of last summer. But I still thought I’d survive the impending funding cuts that my IT project was facing. By the time fall arrived, I had already dodged a few rounds of layoffs. But it wasn’t much longer before my number was up and I was […]

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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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