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The First Step in Any Financial Plan is NOT What You Think. We Start by Knowing What is Worth Seeking (15-20 minute read) Thumbnail

The First Step in Any Financial Plan is NOT What You Think. We Start by Knowing What is Worth Seeking (15-20 minute read)

If you look hard enough, you can find stories that tell a contrasting and enduring narrative for what we truly need for a successful and meaningful life. Your story can do the same - but first, you have to know your heart. You must define what is worth seeking for you.

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Holiday Letter 2022

As I wrote this in the run-up to the holiday season, markets seemed to be on the mend from the bear that started January 3rd, the air was coming out of the inflation balloon, and talk of recession probabilities was the new crisis du jour (it ALWAYS has to be something). The biggest surprise to me is always that anyone is surprised by these things...

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Podcast: Earn & Invest | Acting vs Reacting - Are You Mindful About Money? with Jonathan DeYoe Thumbnail

Podcast: Earn & Invest | Acting vs Reacting - Are You Mindful About Money? with Jonathan DeYoe

Doc G of the Earn & Invest Podcasts talks with Jonathan DeYoe of Mindful Money about how to be thoughtful about what our financial framework is meant to support. Jonathan takes us through his pillars of happiness and how to use them to create a financial plan that serves our unique goals in life.

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60/40 Portfolio Demise Talk Is Premature

To borrow from Churchill, “The balanced (stock/bond) portfolio is the worst form of investing known to man, except for all the other forms.” Those people who are suggesting – based on its immediate past 1-year performance – that the 60/40 portfolio is dead are probably trying to sell something that isn’t a balanced stock/bond portfolio.

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Want To Increase Your Investing Confidence? Know What You Own Thumbnail

Want To Increase Your Investing Confidence? Know What You Own

For me, worrying isn’t just a sense of anxiety. It is a push to learn more. After I did some research and learned a little bit about how earthquakes work, I wasn’t worried about them anymore (or, at least, I worried less). Earthquakes and the fear of earthquakes are a pretty good stand-in for “market volatility.”

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Visual Capitalist Animation: The Largest Public Companies by Market Cap (2000–2022) Thumbnail

Visual Capitalist Animation: The Largest Public Companies by Market Cap (2000–2022)

Stock selection is hard because leaders change hands. 25 years ago Apple was nearly bankrupt – and if it wasn’t for Microsoft’s last-minute investment, it would have gone under. Now it is the largest company in the world (by market cap). This is one reason that academics (and evidence-focused advisors like me) suggest that owning a broadly-diversified index of stocks in a low-cost vehicle like at ETF makes an enormous amount of sense.

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[VIDEO] Real Estate Investor's Club Podcast | The Foolproof Path to Wealth Isn’t What You Think with Jonathan DeYoe Thumbnail

[VIDEO] Real Estate Investor's Club Podcast | The Foolproof Path to Wealth Isn’t What You Think with Jonathan DeYoe

In real estate investing, lack of financial literacy is deadly. Investors who don’t have a fundamental understanding of basic financial concepts like risk tolerance and return expectations are destined to make costly mistakes... or worse, to go bankrupt! But it's not all doom and gloom — financial literacy is something that can be learned.

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Reading List

Mindful Money - broadly sharing basic financial education and presenting the simple actions that enable and inspire wealth-building - is my "Second Mountain." This is the purpose of this reading list. These are the core books that have helped me establish my own set of financial beliefs and behaviors that can work for anyone who is climbing their own mountains.

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Weekend Reading | Saturday, October 1, 2022 Thumbnail

Weekend Reading | Saturday, October 1, 2022

The World Really Is Getting Better | Does Mindfulness Get in the of Making Amends? | 11 Ways to Encourage Mindfulness for Kids | Passive vs. Active Investing: Why Passive Wins | New Study Shows 20 Years of Failure for Active Managers | Mindful Investing: Better Investing Outcomes; Less Suffering

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When Does a Joint Bank Account With a Child Make Sense? Thumbnail

When Does a Joint Bank Account With a Child Make Sense?

Lots of things I write about have been subjects of academic study, so I can draw on formal, sometimes peer-reviewed research on the topic. This isn’t that kind of topic – the “research” is minimal to non-existent. That being said, I am happy to share three reasons I have seen it make sense to have a joint bank account between a parent and a teenage/young adult child.

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Financial Success Requires Business Ownership - Your Own or Shares In The Great Businesses of The US and The World Thumbnail

Financial Success Requires Business Ownership - Your Own or Shares In The Great Businesses of The US and The World

You’ve heard me say it over and over… and over and over… and over and over again. Creating a retirement income that rises to match your rising cost of living and lasts the rest of your life, while at the same time creating a legacy that potentially lasts across generations, is possible – even for those who begin with very modest incomes. It requires three things: savings, equity ownership, and time.

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Mindful Investing Works Because We Don’t Know/Can’t Know What Happens Next Thumbnail

Mindful Investing Works Because We Don’t Know/Can’t Know What Happens Next

We know – vividly – what has already happened. We can never know what will come next. The humble recognition of this truth should be the foundation of any long-term investment philosophy. The question is, “Given that we cannot know what comes next, how should we invest?”

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5 Biggest Financial Mistakes On The Path To Financial Independence Thumbnail

5 Biggest Financial Mistakes On The Path To Financial Independence

I have been in financial services for over 2 decades, and there are 5 things I see (over and over) that take people away from their financial success. They are: Spend > Earn; Retire too early; Panic sell; Excited buy; No planning. We have designed two offerings to solve for these 5 mistakes.

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No Account Minimum (Part 2): Membership and Workshops Done-With-You (DWY)  Thumbnail

No Account Minimum (Part 2): Membership and Workshops Done-With-You (DWY)

These issues of “account minimums” and who has access to advice have been on my mind for years. They are the main drivers for both the book and the education courses. It was a conversation, about 6 months ago, with a business coach that helped the rest of my platform take shape.

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