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Checklist for Top 1%ers

It’s in my nature to be a guy that makes lists to help stay organized and get things done.  We are finally getting sunshine in Chicagoland and have had temperatures above seventy degrees for two consecutive days.  While that is long overdue, it’s time for

It’s Never Too Early

The Time Value of Money is the oldest, wisest concept ever created for investors. Wait until you see what you could create by saving less than $7 a day toward college for an unborn baby! The real power of this concept comes from rate of

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My Mother, My Idol

I think many of us would agree that our mother is/was probably under appreciated, especially when we were young. The older I get, the more I love and value my mother. I’m fortunate that she is still with me and going strong.  I’m especially lucky

Sweat The Small Stuff

What Matters Most

“I don’t really care” is my first response to many questions these days.  Like the book, “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff”, right now, due to a medical issue in my family, almost everything seems like “small or unimportant stuff”. Why does it take a situation

Fear and Greed create bad behavior for investors

Left Alone, Many Individuals Are Horrible Investors

Part 2. of 2. Individual Investors Left alone, many individual investors are horrible at timing the market. Instead of “buying low and selling high” people tend to do the opposite.  The proof is in the chart below: The terrible investor results are terrifically poor.  This

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And the Winner is? Active vs. Passive Investing

Part 1 of 2 on Investing: Active vs. passive investing For this article the passive approach will be reflected by the S&P 500 stock index. Understanding the differences: It’s easy to get caught up in the Wall Street hype about which investment approach is better.

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Money and Marriage

“Marry a woman more frugal then you,” is great advice from one of my favorite books, The Millionaire Next Door. As some guys will tell you, it’s a lot easier said then done.  For those guys that have married a frugal woman, money is usually

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Mini Van Beats Jet for Family Time

Last week our family embarked on yet another Spring Break vacation.  We packed our luggage (mainly beach wear) and five bodies into our 2004 Toyota Sienna (154,000 miles and counting) for a long drive. This year’s last minute idea was to go to Naples and

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“Return on Life”

We have all heard the phrase “return on investment” and that is measurable, but have you ever considered what your “return on life” (ROL) was in the past year? I recently read a blog discussing the “Return on Life” concept and describing the 6 core