HOW TO BEAT THE 1% AT THEIR OWN GAME (LEGALLY AND ETHICALLY)

The One Percent

Is it just me, or is vilifying affluent members of society really in style right now?  The media would have us believe that the economy is a finite pie and if one person has a bit more, then that means someone else has to settle for less.  I’m sorry, but that’s economically backward. If Larry Ellison (founder of Oracle and multi-billionaire) moves into your town, is your town in better shape or worse shape?  It’s in better shape by a long shot.  Just the drippings from his proverbial plate would greatly benefit numerous aspects of your community’s economy.  It could Continue reading

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

DEVELOPING GOOD FINANCIAL HABITS

Piggy Bank

We demonstrate habits in nearly every area of our lives.  We brush our teeth with the same hand every morning, we drive the same route to the grocery store, and we practice the same general mannerisms when interacting with others.  Habits, both the good ones and the bad ones, are a function of our subconscious minds, and they literally run the majority of what we do – even how we handle our finances and our investing activities. Habits are a fascinating human construct.  You weren’t born with any habits, but you’ve managed to acquire them over the course of your 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