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I came across a great article the other day from HumbleDollar outlining the best investment you can make in 2018. Sorry, but it isn’t anything too exciting – it’s paying down debt. Specifically mortgage debt. Not that I needed any additional validation, but it’s nice to see this since we are planning on reducing our mortgage balance … Continue reading "The Best Investment for 2018" The post The Best Investment for 2018 appeared ...
Posted: Jan 20 2018 @ 3:59 AM
December 2017 marked the first time ever that the stock market had positive returns every single month of a year. I’m thankful for the impact the market has had on our net worth this year. Nevertheless, let this serve as a reminder that the high returns and low volatility we’ve been experiencing are unusual and … Continue reading "December 2017 Net Worth Update" The post December 2017 Net Worth Update appeared ...
Posted: Jan 04 2018 @ 5:07 AM
The older I get, the quicker time seems to pass. Here we are at the end of another year. A lot has happened, but it still seems like yesterday when I shared some of my goals for 2017. Tonight we’ll be going to bed before midnight (we did the countdown with the kids on London … Continue reading "2017 Year in Review" The post 2017 Year in Review appeared first on ...
Posted: Jan 01 2018 @ 2:17 AM
In the years following 2008, any time I recommended a mutual fund, portfolio, managed account, or any other investment, clients would almost always ask me: “How did this do in ’08'” What people were really asking was “is this going to protect me from the downside next time the market corrects”' This often lead to … Continue reading "Are Index Funds Safe'" The post Are Index Funds Safe' appeared first on ...
Posted: Dec 13 2017 @ 9:07 PM
NOVEMBER SUMMARY November is behind us and we continue to make progress towards our financial goals. For the first month in what felt like a while, we haven’t had any major travel or home improvement projects, which is nice. This month I also reached my goal of reading (or listening to) 52 books for the … Continue reading "November 2017 Net Worth Update – Up again" The post November 2017 Net ...
Posted: Dec 06 2017 @ 5:22 AM
October was another great month for the DIY$ household. We had a lot going on financially but were still able to increase our net worth by $15k to $715,925. Here’s how it went down: CASH Our cash balance got decimated this month. We paid almost $4k for our new patio that finally got completed, and also bought … Continue reading "October 2017 Net Worth Update" The post October 2017 Net Worth Update appeared ...
Posted: Nov 14 2017 @ 5:04 PM
As part of my job, I was recently put in charge of hiring new graduates to join our finance department. Once they start, we pair them with a mentor and I stay in touch and offer career advice and guidance as needed. As part of my ongoing advice and guidance, I’ll be hosting a 401k … Continue reading "Work 401k Seminar Prep" The post Work 401k Seminar Prep appeared first on ...
Posted: Nov 05 2017 @ 9:19 PM
September was a momentous month for us in that we reached our 2017 net worth goal of $700,000. We took a slight step backward already in October by buying a new (to me) car today, but any ground we lose should be recovered again by the end of the year. Sept 2017 Net Worth Overview We … Continue reading "September 2017 Net Worth Update – We made it!" The post September 2017 ...
Posted: Oct 08 2017 @ 7:12 AM
August was a crazy month here in the DIY$ household. We got some of our last trips in before school season makes it harder to skip town with the kids, got the backyard prepped for our concrete patio that will be poured in September, and increased our net worth by $4K to $685,332. NET WORTH … Continue reading "August 2017 Net Worth Update – up to $685,332" The post August 2017 ...
Posted: Sep 11 2017 @ 5:53 AM
I recently have heard folks talking about what they would do with some unexpected additional money. J Money asked his readers “What Would You Do With an Extra $1,000'” I generally don’t spend too much time thinking about these type of hypotheticals, but this week it became my reality. I got a call out of … Continue reading "I Got An Extra $1,000!" The post I Got An Extra $1,000! appeared ...
Posted: Aug 22 2017 @ 3:15 PM


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