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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

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

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)

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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No Account Minimum (Part 1): Education For Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Financial Planning

Last week I talked about account minimums in financial services. My stated concern was that 80-85% of the US population doesn’t have access to independent, objective advice from a qualified fiduciary to answer their questions. I believe this is a problem, and I believe the problem is solvable.

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Weekend Reading | Saturday, August 13, 2022

Thinking About Reaching Out to Someone? Science Says Do It | Before You Fly The Nest: Advice For Kids Heading to College | An Ancient Technique Can Improve Your Attention Span | Occam’s – How Buffer Assets Might Be Able to Help Your Retirement | How Much Money Do People Need to Be Happy?

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3 Melt-Up Triggers & 2 Bear Market Positives

There is a lot of negative news out there right now. Inflation is the worst it has been in 4 decades, there may be a recession around the corner, supply chains are still problematic. When will it end? I don’t know, but I’d be careful about getting overly swept up in it.

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Personal Finance Is Too Big; Where Do I Start?

Because our educational system teaches next to nothing practical about personal finance, there are usually two ways people come to the idea of personal financial education. Either they are in a crisis of a particular kind, or they are finally realizing that some general financial education would be helpful as they go about their regular lives.

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The Market and Economy in Q2 2022: Perspectives and Principles

The best way to completely destroy any chance for lifetime investment success has historically been to sell one’s quality equity portfolios in a bear market. In Warren Buffet’s words, it is wise for investors to be “fearful when others are greedy, and greedy when others are fearful.”

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It’s Officially a Bear Market

Historically, it seems the primary function of financial journalism (perhaps all journalism) is to scare us out of our wits. We have been reminded of this almost hourly since the S&P 500 entered official “bear market territory” on Monday, June 13th by closing 20% below its previous all-time high set in January of 2022.

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The Economy Cannot be Forecast; The Market Cannot be Timed

Yoda’s idea, “Difficult to see, Always in motion is the future,” turns out to be exactly right. There are too many variables at work on something so incomprehensible as “the economy” or “the market.” One small (perhaps even intentional) change in one variable (e.g. FED funds rate) unpredictably causes additional changes across other variables, which in turn, cause more changes and so on. Each change multiplies to create outcomes that are unknowable. The future… moves.

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Are We In a Bear Market?

A “Bear Market” is usually defined as the condition in which the price of a market falls – on a closing basis – 20% (or more) from recent highs amid widespread negative investor sentiment. Your answer to the question, “Are we in a Bear Market?” will depend on what “market” you are considering.

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Mindful Investing: Better Investing Outcomes; Less Suffering

This is the working title of my 2nd book. It is based on my 40 years investing in stocks, 25 years in options, 20 years in real estate, and 15 years in private markets. If there is a tool that could be invested in, I have invested in it. At the end, I choose to invest 90% of my own and my family's investable assets in the simplest way possible.

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What is Risk?

The problem with accepting the standard definition of “Risk” is that it is literally devoid of a critical aspect of personal finance – TIME! When we add time to the analysis of risk, a different risk definition is born. Think of the next 30 years of your own life. What do you want your money to be able to do?

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