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My wife walked up to a machine an hour ago, inserted a $100. bill and by the 3rd spin hit pay dirt!  She loathes Wall Street, says it’s gambling yet she likes the slots.  Go figure… so is Wall Street anything more than a big casino'  More to come this weekend…. ...
Posted: Feb 16 2018 @ 10:58 PM
Financial author William Bernstein offers this very enlightening graph of equity allocation and risk tolerance in his much recommended book, “The Four Pillars of Investing.” I’ve recently written in a previous blog posting found here: “Most financial advisors use an investor’s AGE as a basis for asset allocations (younger investors hold more stocks, older investors […] ...
Posted: Feb 14 2018 @ 10:28 PM
I would be doing a disservice as a financial blogger (FIRE blogger at that!) if I neglected to write about debt.  As a 51-year old pre-retiree its within my best interest to retire debt as soon as possible while building up (and Preserving) the nest egg. While in my early thirties, like a lot of  […] ...
Posted: Feb 13 2018 @ 8:09 PM
(Note: the pie chart featured is the asset allocation of the Yale University Endowment managed by David Swenson) I’ve most recently been writing about asset allocations based on risk tolerance.  Today I decided to divulge my own personal asset allocation.  As a disclaimer, this is based on my own personal risk tolerance as well as […] ...
Posted: Feb 13 2018 @ 2:49 PM
Asset Allocation Above is a link to the World’s simplest asset allocation calculator.  More detailed calculators are found online, which involve asking a series of risk tolerance-based questions.   The best, most-detailed I’ve seen is located at Schwab Intelligent Portfolios.  You’ll need to create an account (not necessarily fund it, simply register to use the tool […] ...
Posted: Feb 12 2018 @ 11:47 AM
via Stay Calm…Allocate, part I ...
Posted: Feb 08 2018 @ 3:32 PM
  What in the heck is the “VIX'”   The “VIX”,  by definition it is a measure of volatility based on near term options pricing.  Basically it’s The Fear Gauge.  This makes sense because this renewed market volatility is creating fear among investors. If you are fearful.  If the financial news headlines makes you shiver […] ...
Posted: Feb 08 2018 @ 3:30 PM
Volatility….fortunes are made (it’s a day-trader’s dream) and fortunes are lost (the seller’s of the VIX, the holders of XIV) with volatility.  We are embarking on a new market phase where intra-day volatility has returned. Day traders use this phase to profit from these swings.  They sell resistance and buy support.  It’s been phrased as “selling […] ...
Posted: Feb 07 2018 @ 1:10 PM
A flash crash is upon us.  The lowest I’ve seen the DOW drop so far is -1500 points and the bounce came quicker than I could snap a screen shot for this blog posting!  What we are experiencing is a Volatility Expansion from several factors. the #1 reason for today is the short covering of those […] ...
Posted: Feb 05 2018 @ 4:31 PM
The markets are selling off and I’m talking virtually ALL asset classes, from treasury bonds to stocks of every shape, size and market cap. How many of my readers are  heavily invested in stocks and starting to get a little nervous' Over the next few weeks I’ll be imparting wisdom in regards to true diversification […] ...
Posted: Feb 02 2018 @ 3:43 PM


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