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Oh Know 2020

Oh, no. It looks like 2020 is going to be bumpier than 2019. Allow me to reflect on what I know about 2020, and what it may mean for personal finance, frugality, and planning. As for predicting the future – … Continue reading

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Billionaires Taxes And Perspective

A billion dollars is hard to visualize. And that’s a major understatement. Major. Understatement. Yet, billionaires are increasing their influence, increasing their numbers, and accumulating more of the world’s wealth. And then, there are taxes. And a fun idea to … Continue reading

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Semi Annual Exercise EOY 2018

From me (slightly edited from previous posts); “Decades ago (was it really that long?), I started following Peter Lynch’s example by regularly seeing if I could describe each of my investments simply. The idea was that, if an investor can’t … Continue reading

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My 40 Year Mortgage

Another interview! Not for a job, but for someone else’s article. (Someone out there must need a writer who can write about engineering in English.) The folks at Nerdwallet.com wanted to write about 40 year mortgages and were having a … Continue reading

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Semi Annual Exercise Mid 2017

Thank you, Peter Lynch for inspiring this exercise. For at least twelve years, I’ve regularly reviewed my investments through this one simple exercise. Every six months, I describe the companies I’m invested in, and their stocks (somewhat) succinctly. Peter Lynch … Continue reading

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Semi Annual Exercise EOY 2016

Why rewrite an intro that is as true now as it was six months ago, which implies a lack of progress. So it goes. So it went. If it’s in italics, it’s a copy and paste from June 30th, and … Continue reading

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Chaos And Continuity

Nothing extreme is likely to happen. Read that two ways: 1) in general, extreme things typically have low probabilities, and 2) specifically, civilization, society, and culture have great inertia and tend to continue with only slight shifts. As I write this, … Continue reading

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Semi Annual Exercise Mid 2016

Welcome to my semi-annual portfolio review, a bit of due diligence that is easier when the portfolio is growing, and an exercise in openly assessing the situation when the stocks are sinking. Personal finance is easy when everything works. The … Continue reading

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Brexit Quebexit Texit Cascadiexit WhatsNextit

I raise a gin and tonic to the Brexit. I raise it because the Brexit was an accomplishment, or at least historic. The gin seems British, though in my case it is really just vodka infused with juniper. The idea … Continue reading

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Assets Chasing Assets

The world of finance confuses many. The world of economics confuses many. A complete understanding of either is impossible because both are chaotic enough that at some point chance has an effect. To me, the essence of both are four … Continue reading

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