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Mark Trautman

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Name:
Mark's Money Mind
Category:
General Finance
Tags:
Personal Finance Education, Financial Literacy, Financial Independence, Living within Your Means, Saving, Investing, Compounding
Start Year:
2017

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Location:
Crested Butte, Colorado, United States
Age:
50s
Race:
White
Gender:
Male
Life stage:
RETIRED
Profession:
Retired
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Latest Blog Posts

As you may have gathered from my previous blog posts, I am passionate about teaching financial literacy to others – particularly the next generation, which includes my daughter. One of my outlets for this is teaching a financial literacy class to high school seniors at our local public high school. Continue Reading → The post What Is Your Why? appeared first on Mark's Money Mind. ...
Posted: Sep 18 2019 @ 8:39 PM
You may have noticed some scary headlines recently… Dow Plummets 700+ Points – Stocks Post Largest One-Day Loss in 2019 U.S. Trade War with China Intensifies Inverted Yield Curve Predicts a Recession …and you may also have noticed the resulting increase in stock market volatility. Does this make you nervous? Continue Reading → The post Market Volatility – Friend or Foe? appeared first on Mark's Money Mind. ...
Posted: Aug 30 2019 @ 7:57 PM
I was recently asked to write a guest post for the Can I Retire Yet? blog about my journey to financial independence and what I have done since my early retirement at the end of 2015. This post required a lot of personal self-reflection where I discuss my early Money Continue Reading → The post Paying It Forward – An Early Retiree Case Study appeared first on Mark's Money Mind. ...
Posted: Aug 30 2019 @ 7:52 PM
I am pleased to introduce the first guest post on MarksMoneyMind. After attending CampFI with my wife, Marge, last weekend, I asked her if she would be interested in sharing her experience. At first she was hesitant, however, shortly after we returned home I found a surprise email with a Continue Reading → The post CampFI and Encouragement for the Reluctant Financial Participant appeared first on Mark's Money Mind. ...
Posted: Jul 14 2019 @ 9:15 PM
This past weekend, I had the fortunate experience of attending CampFI for my first time. CampFI is a weekend long retreat where people curious about, in their pursuit of, or those who have already attained financial independence (“FI”), participate in discussions and presentations (and impromptu pop-up podcasts!) about any and Continue Reading → The post Portfolio Drawdown Anxiety – Discussions at CampFI appeared first on Mark's Money Mind. ...
Posted: Jul 09 2019 @ 11:31 PM
Many people who know me are aware that I am a voracious reader! I am often asked for book recommendations on the topics I am most passionate about: personal finance, investing and financial independence. In an attempt to answer that question, and to offer a response that I can easily Continue Reading → The post A Readers’ Guide to Financial Independence appeared first on Mark's Money Mind. ...
Posted: Dec 15 2018 @ 10:11 PM
Over the past five months, during which I have been absent from posting on the blog, I have had a number of significant life experiences. My father passed away after a long battle with cancer, my daughter graduated from high school and then went off to college – my wife Continue Reading → The post Learning the True Value of Financial Independence appeared first on Mark's Money Mind. ...
Posted: Sep 07 2018 @ 11:02 PM
Did you know that anyone with earned income is potentially eligible to fund an Individual Retirement Arrangement (IRA)? There are income limits that prevent high income earners from funding Traditional or Roth IRAs, but for a large portion of the population, funding an IRA is a viable option. Here is Continue Reading → The post An IRA for Your Child? appeared first on Mark's Money Mind. ...
Posted: Mar 29 2018 @ 9:21 PM
Do credit cards offer any utility or are they only to be avoided at all costs? In a previous post, Slay the Debt Dragon, I discussed how credit card debt became a major financial burden for my wife and me. We had to buckle down and implement a plan to Continue Reading → The post Credit Cards – Friend or Foe? appeared first on Mark's Money Mind. ...
Posted: Mar 23 2018 @ 9:31 PM
Frankly, we did – guilty as charged. Many of you may already know what Lifestyle Creep is. For those who don’t, it’s when your standard of living keeps pace with (or potentially exceeds) any increase in your household income. A funny thing happened on our way toward financial independence. After Continue Reading → The post Who Let That Lifestyle Creep In? appeared first on Mark's Money Mind. ...
Posted: Mar 08 2018 @ 9:46 PM

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