Category Archives: Money

Q&A I: Gaijin Shogun

Gaijin Shogun An original painting by Alex Ferrar On display at his restaurant Sobremesa, Antigua, Guatemala Traveling without a computer, as I do, provides a wonderful break from the relentless onslaught of non-stop connectivity that is the mark of our modern world. For a brief few weeks it gives me the chance to return to […]

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Stocks — Part XXI: Investing With Vanguard For Europeans

Who knew? Certainly not I. This all started when I wrote a series of letters to my daughter about financial stuff I felt was important for her to understand. Stuff she wasn’t yet ready to or interested in hearing. (I’m still waiting, Sweetie.) I mentioned this to a couple of friends and, at their request, […]

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1st Annual Louis Rukeyser Memorial Market Prediction Contest 2013 results, and my forecast for 2014

Louis Rukeyser  Well now, this is a bit embarrassing. Early last year I published a bit of satire titled How to be a Stock Market Guru and get on MSNBC. Basically 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 […]

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Betterment: a simpler path to wealth

 Make it so, Mr. Data. One of the things I’ve learned in the 2.5 years I have been writing this blog is just how many people there are whose eyes begin to glaze over at the mere mention of investing. They know it is important but their mind just shuts down when the topic comes […]

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My path for my kid — the first 10 years

A year from now my daughter graduates from college. Here’s the early life path I suggest to her: Avoid debt. Nothing is worth paying interest to own. Avoid fiscally irresponsible people and certainly don’t marry one. Spend the next decade or so working your ass off building your career and your professional reputation. Spend that […]

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Swimming with Tigers, a 2nd chance on the Chautauqua, a financial article gets it wrong and I’m off to Prague

One of 36 seriously cool animal photos While we won’t be swimming with tigers, we also have a seriously cool Chautauqua coming together this September, including our new mountain location: Hacienda Cusin. What might make this interesting to you is this note I just got from Cheryl: “Hey guys, We had a couple drop out […]

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Homeless, and a bit on the strategy of dollar cost averaging

All packed up and ready to go Drawing by Trisharay Finally, we are homeless. Well almost. Closing is actually Monday April 8th. Then, at around 4 pm, we will formally trade the house for a nice fat check that will be wired directly to Vanguard. Our money, formally tied up in home equity, will be […]

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How about that stock market?!

Sea Storm painting by  Sergey Gusev So, earlier this evening I’m sitting here minding my own business and think, “Mmmm…Let’s just check out that cool new stats page of mine.” Recently my pal, The Mad Fientist, did the heavy lifting in getting my blog revamped and remodeled. It now has a whole new set of clothes and […]

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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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