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I am a car lover through and through. The engineering, the design, the speed. All of it. However, I don’t own a sports car, and “fast” would not be how I describe my trips around town. Why? Because I have a true disdain for depreciating assets. I can’t stand knowing that something I own loses […] The post Are Classic Cars the Answer for Frugal Car Lovers? appeared first on Bull ...
Posted: Apr 24 2018 @ 12:57 PM
It was a beautiful day in June, but instead of enjoying the outdoors, I was headed to a convention center to take Level 2. Things were a bit different from my Level 1 experience. I bought a lunch this time, so I didn’t make the same mistake as before but still brought a lot of […] The post My CFA Level 2 Experience appeared first on Bull in Captivity. ...
Posted: Apr 10 2018 @ 8:00 AM
Making purposeful purchases and avoiding impulse buys are important components of budgeting and attaining financial independence. No matter how hard my wife and I try to avoid purchasing unnecessary items, over time, these things accumulate, and we have to reevaluate what we own. Thankfully, the frequency of these cleanouts has continually decreased the more we […] The post The one question you need to reduce clutter appeared first on Bull in ...
Posted: Apr 02 2018 @ 8:30 AM
More depressed after looking at Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram? Feel like everyone else is winning out there? You are not alone. I cut the Facebook cord a few years ago and never looked back. We cut cable in the house last Fall and immediately felt happier without watching the news. I didn’t realize that this […] The post Monkeys can teach us the dangers of social media comparisons appeared first on ...
Posted: Mar 19 2018 @ 6:31 AM
As a professor, I give book recommendations to students every semester. I decided to condense the list to the top 5 books for finance majors. The reality is that finance students are money dorks and I can recommend books that others wouldn’t find as interesting. So here is the list with more details below. Top 5 […] The post Top 5 Books for Finance Students appeared first on Bull in Captivity. ...
Posted: Mar 11 2018 @ 6:39 PM
Every so often I have a truly gifted student in my class that comes to me to discuss getting their Ph.D. They are hesitant because of the lack of knowledge surrounding what a doctoral program is like, how long it takes, and what it costs. Graduate school has this scary connotation. It must be expensive […] The post How I got my Ph.D. for free appeared first on Bull in Captivity. ...
Posted: Mar 07 2018 @ 11:00 AM
Many things set financial advisors apart from one another. Education, personality, and investment philosophy are just some of the ways that a potential client can evaluate the decision to pursue an advisor relationship. I have written before about whether financial advisors are needed or the difficulty in reading their disclosures, but what I haven’t talked […] The post Conflicts of Interest Hidden in Financial Advisor Fees appeared first on Bull in ...
Posted: Mar 06 2018 @ 10:30 AM
It was never my plan, in fact, becoming a finance professor wasn’t even a thought until I started applying to grad school. However, even though it wasn’t planned, I had been preparing for this role for a long time. Looking back it only makes sense that I would have ended up a finance professor. This […] The post Why I Love Being a Finance Professor appeared first on Bull in Captivity. ...
Posted: Feb 27 2018 @ 4:43 PM
Most people dread the possibility of a market pullback. The wealth destruction and the drop in their investment account balances cause panic and fear. These things do happen, and the market will have a major pullback, but predicting when is a fool’s errand. Instead, its time to not only accept a market correction but to […] The post Daydreaming of a Market Correction appeared first on Bull in Captivity. ...
Posted: Feb 01 2018 @ 3:26 AM
Debating on a Roth or traditional retirement plan is usually as involved as choosing a retirement account gets. But, last year I was thrown for a loop. I found out my employer offered the holy grail of retirement plans. The 457b deferred compensation plan. This plan isn’t anything like an IRA, 401k, or 403b. The 457b […] The post 457b: The Holy Grail of Early Retirement Accounts appeared first on Bull in ...
Posted: Feb 01 2018 @ 2:54 AM


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