Author Archives: jlcollinsnh

Chautauqua 2015 Reviews, 2016 registration open

Mi lindo Ecuador This is getting to be hard. 2016 is the fourth year we’ve been doing this and will see us present the fifth and sixth Chautauquas come November. I’ve written several posts now talking about how wonderful these things are. And, really, how many ways can I say it? Below I’ll run thru […]

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Case Study #15: The Scavenger Life — Freedom first, then Financial Independence

“I can’t believe that I got a college education just so I could end up selling old shoes on the internet.” Over the past five years of writing this blog – thru the comments, reader meet-ups and the Chautauquas – I’ve had the opportunity to get to know jlcollinsnh readers pretty well. While not universal, […]

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3rd Annual (2015) Louis Rukeyser Memorial Market Prediction Contest results, and my forecast for 2016

Just about this time three years ago I published a bit of satire titled How to be a Stock Market Guru and get on MSNBC. In it I mocked the idea that anyone can predict the short-term market and laughed at those who claim they can. Just as one of my financial heroes, Louis Rukeyser, used […]

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Q&A – IV: Strawberry Patch

Strawberry Patch An original painting by Alex Ferrar On display at his restaurant Sobremesa, Antigua, Guatemala In this Q&A Edition IV we talk about: Setting up kids financially (and get to hear my own daughter’s take) Newsweek’s article on the whistleblower v. Vanguard lawsuit Explore the idea of getting a mortgage interest tax deduction by making a […]

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Seasons Greetings! and other cool stuff

Others like this one To my readers: Have a Wonderful Holiday Season and here’s to a Healthy, Happy and Prosperous New Year! And for your amusement in between the celebrations…. Shiprock After graduating college it took me two years to land my first “professional” job. To make ends meet I worked for Ernie as a landscaper. […]

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Personal Capital; and how to unload your unwanted stocks and funds

Personal Capital If you have come here, read thru the Stock Series and decided the simple low-cost approach described makes sense, you are now faced with the problem of how do you get from where you are to where you want to be. That is, what do you do with all the investments you already have? How, […]

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Stockchoker: A look back at what your investment might have been

Back in February Mr. 1500 Days invited me to participate in his 10 Questions and a Pizza Place interview series. It was fun to do, readers seemed to enjoy it and the 1500 Days are cool folks. So of course I’ve been planning to steal the idea ever since. When I came across Todd Froemling and his newly […]

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Case Study #14: To Dream the Impossible Dream (and then realize it)

Cinque Terre “Impossible!” That’s one of the less ugly responses you can expect from the typical American if you are bold enough to suggest that financial independence (FI) and early retirement is a realistic goal. Push a little further and you might get a grudging: “Well maybe. If you lead a perfectly smooth life and […]

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Hotel Living

I have always loved staying in hotels. Not all hotels all the time of course. But when they are done right I love just about everything about them. Business travel was always a regular feature of my working life and between that and our personal travels, over the years I’ve stayed in a lot of […]

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Mr. Market’s Wild Ride

Bad Market! Bad, bad, bad Market! Can’t I even go on a little vacation without you tearing up the place while I’m gone? I turn my back for one second (well, OK, maybe two months) and you start sliding? And then that 1000 point drop? What’s up with that? Yes, yes, I know. It was […]

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