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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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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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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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M1 Finance Review: The Future Of Personal Finance Is Free

This M1 Finance review was last updated on 04/02/2018. We learned of some game-changing news in the online brokerage industry recently. One of the most innovative modern online brokers in the space, M1 Finance, announced they have eliminated all fees for all investors. So I wrote this M1 Finance review to introduce readers to the platform and […]

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Santa Claus vs. Warren Buffett – The Final Unwrapping

This is the fifth annual review of Santa’s stock portfolio. Since I started this website in 2013, I’ve been tracking the investment portfolio of Santa Claus, the foremost expert on Christmas and the holiday shopping season. He’s such a prolific investor he even has a stock market rally named after him. Santa’s stock portfolio is a […]

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If I Were Getting Started With Investing Today, Here’s What I’d Do

Sometimes I assume my blog audience is a bunch of 42-year-old Dads like me balancing work and kids while building income streams. But the emails I get tell a different story. Many readers are beginner investors only recently finding my website and getting started with investing. Some are young. Some are not so young. With all […]

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10 Life-Altering Money Moves You Can Start Today

Very few decisions during your time on this earth actually change the trajectory of your life. After a party in 2007, I scanned the huge Evite email list to try to find a woman I met there. Then I ‘stalked’ her on Facebook and asked her out. We have three kids together now. Though truly […]

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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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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 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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“As Long As The Stock Market Doesn’t Crash”

I ran into my former coworker, Bob, in the office lobby the other day. We started talking about retirement. He’s planning to fully retire later this year. He’ll be 62-years-old. The last time we spoke about retirement, his target age was 67. I congratulated him for being five years ahead of schedule. He’s one of […]

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