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Today’s question comes from Tamara. She asks: I don’t have much invested in the stock market at all. I just started messing around with an E*TRADE account this year and otherwise I just have a pension with the state of California (currently full-time state employee at $6,300/month), two rental properties (net $1,800/month and maybe $150-200k […] ...
Posted: Nov 12 2018 @ 1:54 PM
Apollo 13 was going to be the third time Americans had landed on the moon. But there they were, 205,000 miles from Earth, when they heard a loud bang. “I knew right away it was not a normal circumstance,” said one astronaut. An oxygen tank had exploded, crippling the spacecraft. Operating on limited power the […] ...
Posted: Nov 10 2018 @ 4:00 PM
A scorpion asks a frog to carry it across a river. The frog hesitates, afraid of being stung, but the scorpion argues that if it did so, they would both drown. Considering this, the frog agrees, but midway across the river the scorpion does indeed sting the frog, dooming them both. While drowning, the frog […] ...
Posted: Oct 29 2018 @ 11:07 AM
Are you focused on the past, present, or future? People focused on the past tend to see their life having a trajectory. If you remember the past as happy you predict your future will be happy. Present-focused people seek excitement, variety, immediate gratification. They’re more likely to gamble, use drugs, and avoid anything tedious, repetitive, […] ...
Posted: Oct 15 2018 @ 11:09 AM
Today’s question comes from Jay. He asks: Thanks for the informative content you’ve generated. It’s some of the soundest, easily-digestible out there, and it’s definitely had an impact in my life. I’ve been reading up on retirement for a couple of years now, roughly when I went into the workforce after college. I’m in my […] ...
Posted: Oct 01 2018 @ 12:38 PM
Writing is mostly staring out the window. Spend enough time sitting there, staring at a blank page, and you get bored enough to start pecking away at the keyboard. And the most gratifying aspect of stringing words together is the potential to change someone’s life. Think about that. You can probably rattle off some books that caused some […] ...
Posted: Sep 24 2018 @ 9:00 AM
Markets crash. On average, the market falls 10% once a year, about 20% every four or five years, about 30% every decade, and 50% a few times during your lifetime. I used to think weathering market downturns should be easy. The market always recovers and reaches new highs. As Charlie Munger puts it: “You can […] ...
Posted: Sep 17 2018 @ 11:36 AM
Today’s question comes from Tuta. He asks: I have my 401k at 15% (pseudo-max). I have a few hundred dollars going into a savings account at a credit union. I just started investing in stocks about a month ago. I’m totally clueless, but I read something somewhere that said invest in companies you know; so […] ...
Posted: Sep 04 2018 @ 12:31 PM
It was around age 30 when I stumbled on Your Money or Your Life at a used book store. For $1, what the heck? Then one day, while sitting on my couch, I picked it up and couldn’t put it down. This quirky philosophy about money I’ve been living my life by since my teens […] ...
Posted: Aug 20 2018 @ 11:34 AM
Today’s question comes from Jeremiah. He asks: Hey Chris…obsessed with your website and advice…keep up the great work! I had a question I wanted to run by you. I was looking online at smaller loans and came across some pretty decent terms and had an idea I wanted to see what you thought about. I […] ...
Posted: Aug 06 2018 @ 11:56 AM


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