Invest Through The Eyes Of Your Children.

Do you remember what it was like  to have no cares in the world. Just make good grades in school and play all day long outside in the sun. I know we all didn’t have great childhoods, but that’s how mine was and investing was no where on my radar. I got an allowance as a teenager for doing household chores and worked at a fast food restaurant in the summers of my junior and senior years in high school. My parents never thought me about money and the only lesson I received was to give 10% to God. After that I could do whatever I wanted to with the money I earned. I wish I could invest like that today. I wish I could just set my asset allocation and then have my portfolio rebalance yearly and not worry about a thing.

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The Market Cycle

 

I recently read Robert Kiyosaki’s, the author of Rich Dad, Poor Dad, recent article about the seven stages of a financial bubble which was first mentioned in Nobel Laureate Hyman Minsky’s 1982 book titled Can It Happen Again. The seven stages of a financial bubble as Robert Kiyosaki stated in his post are

  1. A financial shock Wave
  2. Acceleration
  3. Euphoria
  4. Financial Distress
  5. The Market Reverses, and the Boom Turns into a Bust.
  6. The Panic Begins.
  7. The White Knight Rides in occasionally.

Stage 1, the financial shock wave occurs when a financial disturbance causes a crisis. Examples include a war, substantial interest rate changes or new technology.

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Preservation Of Capital

Preservation of capital is one of the most important rules of investing. Just like the physician’s oath is to do no harm,  preservation of capital is the investors oath. Abstaining from negative returns and avoiding loosing it all on bad investments is the golden rule. This is probably the top reason why so many individuals fear getting into the market and end up sitting 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”

How Many Stocks Should You Own?

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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Cryptocurrency For The FIRE Minded Investor

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.

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The Perils of Micro Investing

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.

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