Preservation of capital is one of the most important rules of investing. Just like the physician’s oath is to do no harm, the investor’s oath is preservation of capital. Don’t get negative returns and don’t loose all of your money on a bad investment. This is probably the top reason why so many individuals fear getting into the market and end up sittting on the sidelines. I’m sure we have all heard the horror stories of people losing their shirts in realestate investing and the like. Continue reading “Preservation Of Capital”
I recently read a blog post on investment basecamp blog that addressed the question of how many stocks should an individual investor own. We all know and have heard diversification is the best method to minimize risk in the stock market. Some say diversify across all asset classes including commodities and currencies. According to the basecamp article the academics say that 90% of maximum diversity is obtained by owning a portfolio of 12- 18 stocks. Benjamin Graham recommend 5-25 stocks with each company being large, prominent and conservatively financed. John Keynes recommends 3-5 stocks that you know well and in the management of which you thoroughly believe. Warren Buffett says 5 to 10 stocks if you are able to understand business economics and able to find sensibly-priced companies that possess important long-term competitive advantages. If not Buffett is actually a big fan of indexing and Seth Klarman recommends 10 to 20 stocks that you know very well.
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Having a 3-6 month Emergency fund is one of the best financial moves to makes. Some people even have a 1-2 year Emergency fund which I think is overkill, but to each his own and everyone has their own reasonings and unique circumstances.
I recently read a post on the small investor’s site about why you should not max out your 401K. The article stated that if you make under 100K you should not max out your 401K because you will not have enough money to fund a decent emergency fund, contribute to an HSA and fund a 529 college savings plan for your children. Continue reading “When Not To Max Out Your 401K”
I know cryptocurrency is a very controversial topic to discuss as it pertains to investing. It seems to have been embraced more by the millennial and younger generations and shunned by generation X and older. Some would even dare to say it has no right to be discussed in the same light with financial independence, but as I discussed in my pervious post on investment strategies, I believe that 5 – 10% of your portfolio should be in risky assets of your choosing.Continue reading “Cryptocurrency For The FIRE Minded Investor”
Micro Investing is a great way to gain exposure to the stock market with as little as $1. Options for micro investing include acorn, stash, stockpile, M1 Finance and many more. You can use these websites and applications to invest in individual stocks or ETF’s. Some charge fees as little as 1- 2$ a month or a percentage of your portfolio and others like M1 Finance currently have no fees, but they do offer other products that they use to make money like loans and high interest rate savings and checking accounts.
From a broad standpoint and view by stepping back and looking at the forest there are three broad investment strategies. The long investment, medium investment and short investment strategies.Continue reading “Investment Strategies”
What is the FIRE movement all about. It stands for “Financial Independence Retire Early” and it has a strong following called the fire community. Now I’m going to dive into what the FIRE movement isn’t by discussing Suze Orman’s interview with Paula Pant of the afford anything podcast
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