The entire personal finance blogosphere is in love with index funds, and I’m here to tell you why they’re bad for your investment portfolio. This should go over well. Black sheep anyone? I realize this thesis will not be a popular one, but from my perspective as an active investor and stock picker, I’m here [...]
Yesterday, I had one of the most unpleasant conversations I’ve ever had on the subject of money. I had to tell a close friend of my family that, in all likelihood, he has not saved enough money for his retirement. This is a man I’ve known since I was a kid. The same man who [...]
Due to the popularity of the visualizing how your stuff owns you post from several weeks ago, I thought it would be beneficial if I documented exactly how I use a simple monthly calendar and a few personal finance metrics to visually represent how many hours, days, even weeks, I had to work in order [...]
If you’ve ever been low on cash with creditors knocking at the door, you’ve more than likely considered using a payday loan company. The idea is appealing, you simply hand over a post-dated check for the amount of money you need and presto, you have cash in your hands. Unfortunately, these loans seldom work out the way you think they will and before you know it you could wind up thousands of dollars in debt. Before you hand over that blank check to payday loan companies, here are a few reasons that you may want to reconsider your decision:
As an experienced investor, I’m starting to get nervous about the direction of the stock market! You see, to my non-professional albeit experienced eyes, the market is starting to look a bit parabolic in nature. This is worrisome for me, although I still sleep fine at night. At least it’s taking a breather lately by [...]
If you are planning to retire within the next few years, it is important that you make plans for your retirement. Having a set plan ahead of time will help you out in the long run, especially because if you do not have many saved and things prepared, you may end up struggling to keep up with the cost of living upon retiring from the workforce. There are many ways for you to begin planning for your retirement, and remember that the sooner you start to save money, the more money you will have in the future when you need it the most.
Benjamin Franklin, one of America’s greatest minds, wrote what can be best described as America’s first book on personal finance: “The Way to Wealth.” Many argue that it is the best book ever written on personal finance, and I agree that it contains priceless wisdom on the subject. One of my favorite quotes is, “If you would know the value of money, go and try to borrow some.” Therefore, it is with a great deal of modesty that I offer you six more tips on building wealth.
No one is perfect with managing their money, but some people are worse than others. In my days, I’ve seen some pretty stupid stuff. I’m not saying that I don’t expect people to make mistakes, but there’s a difference between learning from your mistakes and not. If you are looking to improve your financial situation, [...]
If you have never learned about credit, however, you are certainly not aware of how your actions today can affect you tomorrow. You may not know anything is wrong until you go to buy a car or a home and find that you are rejected because of a low credit rating. Don’t let this happen to you. By avoiding these mistakes in your teens and early adulthood, you can establish a solid credit history as an adult.
I was talking with a friend of mine and he was telling me all about how he is struggling with his finances. As he told me the many details of his finances, it became clear to me that he didn’t realize that he was in trouble long ago. If he had corrected some of his [...]