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An October 13th, 2018 article in the New York Times discussed how Jared Kushner avoided paying almost no federal income taxes several years running. According to the article, Kushner, who has a net worth of $324M plus, paid little to no taxes from 2009 through 2016.  Just by my first two sentences, you can see the slant of the article – how things are tilted unfairly toward the rich. To avoid ...
Posted: Jan 14 2019 @ 11:14 AM
On January 4th, I released The Side Hustle, a self-published crime fiction novel.  I didn’t seek a publisher for this novel for a couple of reasons.  I’ll get to that in a bit. Before I do, let me tell you about the book. The Side Hustle is about the murder of Jacob Kidwell, a personal finance blogger.  Jacob’s life was seemingly perfect, but during the investigation, it’s discovered that something dark lurked ...
Posted: Jan 07 2019 @ 10:58 AM
On the previous New Year’s Eve, I wrote a post (How Many Books Did You Read This Year?) that detailed the number of books I read (30) in 2017.  This was in follow-up to an earlier post, You Are What You Read.  Personally, the latter article is one of my favorites and in it I shared my personal reading plan. With both of those articles in my mind, I started 2018 ...
Posted: Dec 31 2018 @ 12:16 PM
 Okay, so you’ve probably noticed that I’ve been a little quiet over the past several weeks.   It’s been a busy period of real estate acquisitions and writing (albeit not blog work).  I’ll fill you in on the real estate stuff in coming weeks, but for now I’m going to give you a quick sneak peek into the upcoming writing projects. First, I have a self-published novel that I’m targeting for release ...
Posted: Sep 30 2018 @ 1:21 PM
When most people learn that I formerly was a police officer, they raise their eyebrows and will usually say something like, “Really?  Why would you quit?” To most, the idea of being a police officer has an exotic feel to it.  It’s because they have envisioned the Hollywood cliché of law enforcement – heroic exploits of men and women in a daily struggle against crime and corruption.  While there are some ...
Posted: Jul 23 2018 @ 10:20 AM
A friend of mine, Andrew (not his real name), is married with two kids.  A few years ago, his life was like many Americans – he carried consumer debt, had no savings, and was stressed out.  Life was not turning out the way he’d hoped.  Then he realized he was responsible for the mess he was in and set about to change things. He worked hard to improve his financial position. ...
Posted: Jul 02 2018 @ 10:21 AM
I read the most astounding paragraph in the June 19th, 2018 edition of USA Today.  In Wealth of Millionaires Surges 10.6% to top $70 Trillion for the First Time, David Carrig was reporting on the World Wealth Report 2018 recently released from global consulting firm Capgemini.  It was the third paragraph of the article that really caught my attention, The number of high net worth individuals (HNWI) – which Capgemini defines ...
Posted: Jun 25 2018 @ 9:56 AM
If you’re looking to purchase an investment property, whether it be a residential single-family home or a commercial building, the purchasing process is very similar.  While there are some differences between the two processes, I thought they are close enough that I thought we should take a quick run through to get a discussion in place for future articles. For discussion purposes, residential properties are single family homes, duplexes, triplexes, and ...
Posted: Jun 18 2018 @ 10:00 AM
We spend our lives with risk. There is everyday risk like driving to and from work, school, or some event with our spouse.  At any moment, we put ourselves on the road with other people who may or may not be in full control of themselves whether it be from alcohol, lack of sleep, or relationship induced stress.  Some of these people are just plain morons who should not be allowed ...
Posted: Jun 11 2018 @ 10:13 AM
Becoming wealthy is not something that happens overnight. Sure, some people win the lottery or have a windfall of money from an unexpected inheritance, but you should not be holding your breath for something like that to happen to you. Instead, to build real wealth, you need to think long-term. Rather than living lavishly, it’s important to adopt a lifestyle of disciplined saving and investing. These simple actions can help almost ...
Posted: Jun 04 2018 @ 9:23 AM


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