INVESTING SHOULD BE BORING (IN A GOOD WAY)

Investing is Boring

Sports can be exciting.  Travel can be exciting.  Movies can be exciting.  But your investing should be boring. Why?  Because proper investing mechanics are driven by investing systems that generate predictable outcomes.  And when outcomes become predictable, the excitement is lost.  While investing with a system may be boring, it can also be immensely profitable when applied with regularity. If you want to become an accomplished investor, it behooves you to understand that emotion should NOT be part of your approach.  Making money through investing is an intellectual pursuit, not an emotional pursuit. One of the challenges I occasionally face Continue reading

SMART INVESTING MEANS OBSERVING TRENDS

Old Personal Pager

Change is constant and inevitable.  Winter changes into spring, night changes into day, and even the largest boulders are eventually reduced to sand.  Death, taxes, and change.  Those are your guarantees, my friend. In the world of business and investing, when a simple change evolves from a temporary detour into a sustainable new direction that’s backed by fundamentals, a new trend emerges.  And when a new trend alters a familiar course or practice, the change can be very disruptive.  Entire industries can be impacted, cultural ideals are often reformed, and massive transfers of wealth can occur.  “Paradigm shift” was a Continue reading

INVESTING IN LAS VEGAS? NOPE.

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On a recent flight back to California, I struck up a conversation with a fellow traveler.  Turns out we actually went to the same middle school even though we were a few years apart in age.  Small world, huh?  Eventually we started chatting about why we were on a flight.  He told me that he was heading out to a friend’s wedding, and I explained that I had just spent a few days in the Midwest visiting some of my rental properties.   That captured his interest, and he asked if I was planning to invest in Las Vegas since it’s Continue reading

EVALUATING YOUR RETIREMENT ACCOUNT

Properly Diversify Your Retirement Plan

In 1974, Congress enacted legislation known as ERISA (Employee Retirement Income Security Act).  This ushered in a new era of financial self-reliance for millions of American workers.  With this transition from defined benefit plans (i.e., pensions) to defined contribution plans such as IRAs and 401(k) plans, the United States government conveyed their expectation that employees must now privately manage their financial futures. Moreover, as the sustainability of government-sponsored entitlement programs are called into question, more and more citizens are realizing the importance of taking a proactive approach toward their “golden years”. To be honest, as an independent investor, I’m not Continue reading

3 COMMON INVESTING QUESTIONS ANSWERED

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If I had to select the top three questions that I’m asked most often by new members and coaching clients, the questions would undoubtedly be the following: 1)  WHAT SHOULD I INVEST IN? There are two primary factors that determine what you should be investing in:  1) Your personal investment criteria and 2) The current investing and economic landscape. Both are independent variables, but both should be taken into consideration. Starting with your personal investment criteria, this includes things like your current level of disposable income, your level of risk tolerance, and your long-term financial objectives.  For example, if you’re 50+ Continue reading

CONSUMER DEBT & INVESTMENT DEBT

Credit cards are one of the most common forms of consumer debt

We’ve been conditioned to think that debt is bad – and in many cases, it is. Whether you blame peer pressure or clever marketing campaigns, I think we can all agree that the pursuit of status symbols and instant gratification has come to define our modern culture.  When we want something, we want it NOW.  And we don’t just want it, we NEED it. Something about the phrase “low monthly payments” has a tendency to overwhelm logic and reason.   Our rational, objective side gets trampled by emotion as we thumb passed the cash in our wallet in search of plastic.  Continue reading