Should You Buy Your Kids A Home?

by Bill Parrott on

Home affordability is no longer affordable for most, especially for kids graduating from college. According to Zillow, the average home price is $293,349, up 15% from last year. In Austin, it's $600,000. My daughter will graduate with her Master of Social Work degree next May, and she wants to buy a...

Should You Own Bonds?

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Long-term interest rates are near historic lows. In 1981, rates peaked at 15.32%; today, they're 1.37% - a drop of 91%. The yield on the US 10-Year Treasury Note is currently 1.3%, and the inflation rate is 4.99%, so if you bought a bond today, your real rate of return is negative 3.69%. Negative...

I'll Do It Tomorrow

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Why do it today when you can do it tomorrow? Have you ever delayed starting a diet? An exercise program? Yardwork? House cleaning? The list goes on and on; we have all procrastinated about something. As Wimpy says, "I'll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today."

According to Merriam-Webster...

A friend once told me you could fix anything with the right tool. Tom was a chain-smoking retired Air Force pilot frustrated with people who tried to fix everything with a screwdriver or a hammer. He often ranted that your project will turn out looking horrible if you don't have the proper tools.

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What's Your Life Worth?

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I hate hearing stories about people dying young like Chadwick Boseman, John Candy, Gilda Radner, Pat Tilman, or Kobe Bryant. I could list hundreds of people who died early, including close friends and relatives. Of course, we will all die at some point, hopefully after a long, healthy life.

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As we approach Independence Day, I pondered what it means to be financially independent. Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger are still working; are they financially independent? What about Whitney Wolfe Herd or Robert Johnson or Jeff Bezos? If billionaires are still working, does it mean we need...

Concentrate Your Bets!

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Do you know Theodore Johnson? He worked for UPS and never earned more than $14,000 per year, but he was worth more than $70 million when he passed! He invested consistently in UPS stock and rarely sold. In addition to his UPS stock, he retired in 1952 with $700,000 in savings.[1] He put all his...

The market dropped last week because the Federal Reserve hinted they may raise interest rates in 2023, two years from now.  The Dow Jones fell about 3% as the topic of rising interest rates covered the airwaves.  The Federal Reserve also published their dot plot chart, a chart of where their members...

Giving It Away

by Bill Parrott on

My family donates money through tithes and offerings, so I incorporated the practice into my business model when I started my investment firm. Giving is not a budget item because contributions come from the top - 10% of our firm revenue. At the end of each quarter, my wife and I sit down to pray...

Inflation?

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Chipotle announced they're increasing menu prices by 4% because of rising wages.[1] Likewise, Campbell's Soup is raising prices this summer due to higher costs.[2] According to AAA, gas prices at the pump have increased 48%. The price of lumber jumped more than 32% in the past year. And there is...

A Balancing Act

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The Wall Street Journal recently published a good article about rebalancing your investment portfolio. (Portfolio Rebalancing Is A Good Retirement Habit, June 4, 2021).  Rebalancing is a simple yet powerful strategy for managing your accounts, whether you're retired or not. Additionally, it's a risk...