The Best Gift You Can Give This Holiday Season?

No this is not going to be some sappy post about world peace or loving the planet.  This is as practical as it gets (and a bit controversial, if my wife’s reaction is any guide).  As I sit here today typing away, there are 25 shopping days until Christmas.  You cannot turn the news on without seeing or hearing a story about how this shopping season is going.  Retailers often do 50% or more of their business between Halloween and New Year’s Day.  But when we buy a gift, for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, Birthday, Anniversary or some other special event, what are we really giving to the recipient?  Continue reading

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What I Read This Week

From RBD – A good overview of where to start investing if you are new to the discussion (and a good review if you are not new).

From Darrow Kirkpatrick at Can I Retire Yet? – His 10 Steps to Investing Success.  An excellent short piece along the lines of JL Collins Stock Series.

8 Great Exercises You Can Do for Free – I’m going to be focusing more on health issues in the coming years (being an Oldster and all).  Health is, after all, money.

Vegans in the NBA?  – As a confirmed omnivore, I found this fascinating.  To quote Randall:  “Hear that?  It’s the winds of change.” (Monster’s Inc. reference).

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The Modern Bond Ladder – What I’m Doing With 5 Years of Cash

I was telling my wife that I was going to write about bond laddering and she got this puzzled look on her face and said, “Ooh, that sounds sexy” using the snarky voice she reserves for things that sound the most boring.  While I can’t fault her judgment on the sexiness of investing in bonds, I also know how much she enjoys having enough money to live our lives the way we choose, and not in some way imposed by the vagaries of chance.  That only happens by planning and proper execution.  And so . . . Continue reading

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What I Read This Week

From Mrs. Frugalwoods – A look at how she figured out what she wanted to do with her life, and how it might help us do the same thing.

The Robots Are Coming! – Ok, hyperbole, but this article does discuss a possible, perhaps even probable future.

From the Frugal Professor – a peek behind the curtain on the new tax reform bill.

Also From the Frugal Professor – The view on frugality from the spousal perspective.  This is important because FI cannot succeed unless your significant other buys in.

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Warren Buffet Wins Bet – Was There Any Doubt?

This came out a month or so ago, but I missed it.  Index Funds Win!  This idea plays perfectly into two issues I’ve talked about before:

  1.  Direct Investing vs. Robots, and
  2. How I’m Better than Hedge Funds, but not as good as the Index.

I’ve been a bit quiet on the blog lately.  We closed on our “new” house last week and I’ve been a bit consumed with that project.  I may be a bit slower on the posts through the holidays, but I will be back with a vengeance once the move is over.  For my thoughts on buying a home at this point, read this.

Until Next Time, FIRE On! – Oldster

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