Author Archives: jlcollinsnh

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

Please note: From October 15th thru November I will be traveling in Ecuador, mostly attending our Chautauquas. WiFi connections will be spotty and I will be unable to respond to your questions in the comments. Please save these for December 1st and after. Of course, other comments are welcome as always. Thanks, and enjoy the […]

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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 […]

Posted in Homeownership, Life, Travels | 43 Responses

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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Gone for Summer, an important note on comments and random cool stuff that caught my eye

Courtesy of Noelle Hancock (more from Noelle at the end) The time to disappear for our summer travels has come. Happy Time! But it will get quiet here around the blog. So… This important note about the comments: From now until September I will be unable to answer your investing questions in the comments. So please […]

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Around the world with an Aussie Biker

The motorbike I found parked in my Guatemalan hotel lobby; here in the Moroccan desert In March 2014 I was spending the month in Antigua, Guatemala, where they will kill you for your shoes. Or maybe not. One day I returned to my hotel to find a motorcycle parked in the lobby sporting an Australian […]

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Case Study #13: The Power of Flexibility

The Stock Series here is designed to slice thru the Gordian Knot of investing. To debunk the idea that investing is too complex for mere mortals and to dispel the fear surrounding it and our financial security. Routinely, I hear from people who lament “I’m 32. If only I’d discovered your blog when I was 22.” “I’m […]

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Stocks — Part VIII: The 401(k), 403(b), TSP, IRA & Roth Buckets

So far in this Series we’ve examined the market and looked at some sample portfolios built from our two key index funds and cash. Those funds are what we call investments. But in our complex world we must next consider where to hold these investments. That is, in which bucket should which investment go? It […]

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Stocks — Part XXVIII: Debt – The Unacceptable Burden

A couple of years after I was out of college, I got my first credit card. They were tougher to come by in those days. Not like now when my unemployed pet poodle has his own line of credit. The first month I racked up about $300 or so. When the bill came, there was […]

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