Book Wish List 2016

12 Books for Your Christmas List This Year

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I wasn’t and avid reader growing up, in fact I really didn’t start reading (voluntarily) until 2011 (I was 25 then). Now I read 40-50 books a year and spend about $1,000 every year on books (I actually just paid $1,000 for ONE book, but we will save that for another post). I’m currently working to put together a new resource for you guys, it will be a detailed reading list by category that currently contains the 230 books I have read over the past 5 years. Buying books is one of the best investments you can make! Jim Rohn said that “if you want more, then you must become more,” and one way to do that is to fill you mind with new …

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Sell Into Strength – Investment Rule #2

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Over the course of the coming weeks and months I will be laying out the investment rules that I live and die by. These are rules that I have developed over the last ten years as both a retail and professional investor and trader: Rule # 1: Buy into weakness. Rule #2: Sell into strength. Rule #3: Reduce cost basis. Rule #4: Keep investments small. Rule #5: Keep 80% of total invested capital in ETF’s and up to 20% in individual names. Rule #6: Choose duration over direction. Rule #7: Manage your winners. Rule #8: Manage risk at order entry. Rule #9: Increase your # of occurrences. Rule #10: Make investments with a probability of profit > than 50%. Selling …

Buy Into Weakness – Investment Rule #1

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Over the course of the coming weeks and months I will be laying out the investment rules that I live and die by. These are rules that I have developed over the last ten years as both a retail and professional investor and trader: Rule # 1: Buy into weakness. Rule #2: Sell into strength. Rule #3: Reduce cost basis. Rule #4: Keep investments small. Rule #5: Keep 80% of total invested capital in ETF’s and up to 20% in individual names. Rule #6: Choose duration over direction. Rule #7: Manage your winners. Rule #8: Manage risk at order entry. Rule #9: Increase your # of occurrences. Rule #10: Make investments with a probability of profit > than 50%. (Note: …

The Slight Edge

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The Slight Edge is by far the best book I have ever read (so good that I just read it for the 5th time). It literally is the handbook to success regardless of the endeavor. It is a philosophy that has and will stand the test of time. This is the “Holy Grail,” if there ever was such a thing. Below is a diagram that Jeff Olson, the author, created that beautifully captures the entire philosophy. The Slight Edge is about leveraging the power of compound effort. It works in finance just as well as it works in fitness or relationships or business. The Slight Edge works for you when you practice simple disciplines consistently over time. And it works against you when …

The True Financial Death!

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Do the thing, get the power. – Ralph Waldo Emerson It’s the day after Christmas and I find myself at a Starbucks at about 5:45am, while my wife and family are still sleeping for another couple of hours. We are just passing through for the night on our way to Bryce National Park. I was absolutely amazed how many people were here on Christmas night when we were checking into our rooms. So many people sucked into the casino to gamble away their hard earned dollars in hope of that big payday. Little do many of these people know,  the payday that they are hoping for will never arrive. I long ago realized that the casinos are in this business …

Fail Forward and Make Mistakes to Reach your Goals In 2015 And Beyond

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So many people are afraid of failure and what others will think of them that they never really truly attempt their deepest desires. I am here to tell you that it is okay to set a goal and fail. Just think, Thomas Edison failed 10,000 times before he invented the light bulb. But he didn’t really think of it as failure, instead he said this, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Sometimes we just have to step out of our comfort zone and shoot for the stars. In 2014 I set a goal to make an extra $20,000 in my new consulting business. I started with zero revenue and by the end of the year I …

We All Make Bad Financial Decisions, But They Don’t Have to Define The Rest Of Our Lives!

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I am now 28 years old and the only debt that I have is the mortgage on my primary residence and my rental condo. The wife and I bring in almost $200K a year and we will have our primary residence paid off in 6 more years. We continue to max out my 401K at $17,500/year (which I have been doing since graduating college in 2008), and starting in 2015 we will be putting $5,500 away in an IRA for my wife. We have over $100K in our retirement accounts and about $60K in the bank (by the end of January). We made some financial mistakes early on, but everyone does. I am sure even you have made some that …

Memento Mori – Remember Your Mortality

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Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift, that’s why it’s called the present! Last week I shared a post on time, and this week I would like to follow it up with something I started back in late 2011 or early 2012. As a quick reminder, we all get a daily deposit of 86,400 seconds a day to spend and invest however we choose. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from, you get the same exact deposit. You can’t buy more time. Once you use it, you lose it. Any unused balance is deleted from the ledger and the balance reset. There is no guarantee tomorrows deposit will come. Memento mori (Latin ‘remember (that you have) …

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My Huge 86,400 Deposit…And I’m Going To Spend It All

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Imagine there is a bank that credits your account each morning with 86,400. It carries over no balance from day-to-day. Every evening the bank deletes whatever part of the balance you failed to use during the day. What would you do? Draw out every cent, of course! Each of us has such a bank. Its name is TIME. Every morning it credits you with 86,400 seconds. Every night it writes off as lost whatever of this you have failed to invest to good purpose. It carries over no balance. It allows no overdraft. Each day it opens a new account for you. Each night it burns the remains of the day. If you fail to use the day’s deposits, the …