Category Archives: Money

Social Security: How secure and when to take it

Cat food.  It’s what’s for dinner. Back in the early 1980s I remember railing against Social Security to my mother who was on it. She’d grown up with the specter of little old ladies living on cat food.  That was a real possibility when she was a girl and the elderly were the poorest group […]

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VITA, income taxes and the IRS

I wasn’t planning to do it again this year, but in the end I signed up.  If I had been planning better, the work for my re-certification would be mostly done by now.  But I’ve yet to begin.  Too much traveling and playing.  I knew this of course.  It is the reason I wasn’t planning […]

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How to be a stock market guru and get on MSNBC

Back in the day Louis Rukeyser hosted a PBS program called Wall Street Week each Friday evening.  It was an end of the week ritual watching it for me. Louis Rukeyser He’d open with a commentary on the follies and foibles of the previous market week and then turn to a rotating panel of three Wall […]

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Stocks Part XIV: Deflation, the ugly escort of Depressions.

In Part XII: Bonds, reader Chronicrants commented:  “I’d love to see more on deflation. I’ve always been confused about it and about it’s consequences. It seems like it would be a good thing, and yet….”  Great point, and what better topic, I thought, for unlucky number 13 in this series! Unfortunately, I forgot that was […]

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How I learned to stop worrying about the Fiscal Cliff and you can too.

You can’t turn on the TV or radio or pick up a newspaper these days without being confronted with scary talk about the Fiscal Cliff and the doom that awaits us should we hurdle over it into the abyss. This is (mostly) a financial blog.  I intentionally avoid politics, primarily because that subject turns so […]

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So, what does a month in Ecuador cost anyway?

$3636.35 That title question was posed by a blog reader and, since I obsessively track expenses anyway and my guess is if you’re a reader of jlcollinsnh you’d be curious, it suggested a fun and easy post topic.  Since I was actually there only 27 days, that’s $134.83 per day.  But you could do it […]

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The Podcast: You can hear me now.

A few weeks back a guy calling himself The Mad Fientist showed up in the comments section here on jlcollinsnh.  He started by linking back to my post.  As if the name alone wasn’t enough, that got me poking around, and enjoying, his site. One of the cool things he does is podcast conversations with other […]

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The Smoother Path to Wealth

Last time we discussed Putting the Simple Path to Wealth into Action.  That post grew out of a comment/question from reader KLR and, as I described, this gave me a chance to review how The Simple Path to Wealth might be implemented. For a quick Simple Path review: Spend less than you earn – invest the surplus […]

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Case Study #I: Putting the Simple Path to Wealth into Action

This blog launched in the Spring of 2011. Post #4 was  Why you need F-you money. Post #6 presented The Simple Path to Wealth to get you there and Post #9, What we own and why we own it, told you how we keep ours.  Almost everything else on the subject of money has been an elaboration […]

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I could not have said it better myself…

“If you reach for a star, you might not get one.  But you won’t come up with a hand full of mud either” – Leo Burnett “Never be haughty to the humble.  Never be humble to the haughty.” – Jefferson Davis “The reasonable man adapts himself to the world:  the unreasonable one persists in trying […]

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