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Mr. Tako

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Mr. Tako Escapes
Early Retirement
Frugality/Saving, Investing, Early Retirement/FIRE, Parenting/Family
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Washington, United States
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SIK (Single Income, Kids)
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It has been said that there is nothing new in the world of investing.  History is filled with interesting financial 'events' -- from outright theft and wild speculation, to loose lending and direct government manipulation.  Markets really have seen it all. Greed was frequently the main driver of this behavior, eventually leading to giant stock market bubbles and excessive commodity speculation... ...
Posted: Aug 23 2017 @ 8:04 AM
If you've watched the news recently, you've probably seen economists wringing their hands over the growing ranks of the underemployed in the world.  Underemployment is generally viewed as a negative thing because the underemployed spend less money and don't product to their maximum economic potential.  Less money spent by the unemployed means a lower GDP and a poorer economy. For an economist, this all sounds like bad news... ...
Posted: Aug 19 2017 @ 7:47 AM
Retailers of all kinds are in the dumpster this year.  The hardest hit seem to be the big mall retailers like Sears, JCPenny, and Macy's -- their stock prices are down more than 48% in the last year.  Yikes! I first wrote about the alleged demise of retail back in May when I asked the question "Is Retail Dead?" While I was fairly convinced that physical retail was going to ...
Posted: Aug 16 2017 @ 5:44 AM
One of the great many chains that tie people to working 9-to-5 jobs for decades, is convenience food.  Yes, convenience food!  Many individuals eat lunch outside their workplace every single day -- either at a restaurant or picking up take-out from a nearby restaurant. At $5 - $20 for every lunch, this is an extremely expensive way to attain calories for your mid-day meal.  Over time, those yuppie food coupons ...
Posted: Aug 12 2017 @ 4:20 AM
Back in the old days, book value was *the* measurement that value investors threw around to validate "margin of safety" when investing in stocks. If you read the classic investing texts like Security Analysis or The Intelligent Investor, they advocate for the buying of stocks that sit well below book value.  This style of investing is sometimes called "cigar butt" investing, or "net-net" investing... ...
Posted: Aug 09 2017 @ 4:45 AM
July was an exhausting month. Everything went well financially, but the month just felt extremely busy. First, Mrs. Tako went on a business trip for a few days. This made life busier than usual, having to take care of the family by myself... ...
Posted: Aug 05 2017 @ 6:32 AM
The Tako family has been on the road this week. We’ve been traveling around Eastern Washington, seeing the sights and checking out small college towns. We think small college towns make great places to live, and we’re looking for a place we might like to live... ...
Posted: Aug 02 2017 @ 5:56 AM
College is a word that strikes fear into the hearts of most parents (and would-be parents). Not only do parents have to deal with their precious children going out into the real world (filled with all that scary stuff that's on the news), but they also have to deal with the extraordinary costs of college.... ...
Posted: Jul 29 2017 @ 6:29 AM
Have you ever wondered where this whole idea of a "vacation" or "holiday" came from? Just as we have the aristocracy to thank for our lawns, it turns-out we also have to blame those rich hoity-toity types for our modern "vacation" culture... ...
Posted: Jul 26 2017 @ 7:53 AM
It's times like these that the markets make me nervous. This week, the Dow, S&P 500, and Nasdaq reached new all-time highs. It's safe to say that most investors in today's markets are "eager participants". Shares have now been bid up to a point where earnings yields are minimal. This is not when I want to be investing... ...
Posted: Jul 22 2017 @ 7:02 AM


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