How To Survive A Stock Market Crash

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The first rule for surviving a stock market crash is not to panic, and the second is not to sell on the day of the correction. Markets typically rebound after a sharp sell-off as investors hunt for bargains, so wait before liquidating your portfolio. For example, two days after the 1987 crash, the S...

Year End Strategies

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Investors are limping into the fourth quarter battered and bruised from a bumpy market as stocks and bonds continue to trade lower on inflation fears and rising interest rates. Regardless of the chaos, there is still time to make smart year-end moves to shore up your finances.

Buy Stocks. Buy...

Investing Is Easy

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I recently read a post where an advisor said investing is easy, and he recommended buying two or three index funds and holding them forever. While I agree with his thesis, investing is challenging because it requires emotional fortitude, and that's where we fail. To create generational wealth, you...

Buy T-Bills?

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Stocks, bonds, and Bitcoin are down sharply this year as inflation and interest rates soar. The Federal Reserve continues to raise short-term interest rates to try and combat inflation, and, as a result, cash is an alternative to stocks and other growth-oriented assets. Why is it time to buy T-Bills...

In Hindsight

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In hindsight, I should have sold all my stocks in January to avoid massive losses in my account. I could have traveled the world, bought a vacation home, or retired with the money I've lost in the market this year. It seems obvious now that stocks are down because interest rates are rising...

A Walk In The Park

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My wife and I recently returned from our vacation, where we visited several national parks, including Arches, Canyonlands, Zion, and the Grand Canyon. It was a fantastic trip where we hiked trails, gazed at stars, and waded in rivers. The vistas and canyons were breathtaking.

Most trailheads...

Do You Have A Storage Unit Problem?

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How much is enough? It's a common question Investors ask when planning for retirement. Financial planners offer several rules of thumb about how much is enough, like the 4% of your assets rule or 80% of your employment income. One of my indicators is storage units; you have more than you need if you...

Real Estate Is Crashing!

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According to Zillow, the value of my home fell 6.2% last month. I was shocked because I thought real estate always went up, especially in Austin, Texas, the home of Longhorn football, BBQ, live music, and weekend bridal shower parties. Is it time to panic and sell my home?

The recent housing data...

Are You Ready To Retire?

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Are you ready to enjoy your golden years? Retirement is a goal for most investors, especially those who have faithfully contributed to their 401(k) plan for three or four decades. Is it time to cash in your chips and go all in on retirement?

A successful retirement requires years of planning and...

Have Stocks Bottomed?

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Have stocks bottomed, or is this a bear trap? Since Mid-June, the Nasdaq has risen by more than 20%, which, by definition, is a bull market. However, the tech-heavy index is still down 16% on the year. On August 10, The Wall Street Journal declared a new bull market had arrived. [1] I hope they are...

College Football

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Next week starts another college football season, the best time of the year. The usual suspects like Alabama, Georgia, and The Ohio State University are projected to finish near the top. The offseason was entertaining as USC and UCLA said they would leave the Pac-12 and join the Big-10, causing a...

Pikes Peak

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Pikes Peak looms large at 14,115 feet above sea level, known as America's Mountain, and is also the inspiration for America the Beautiful. Pikes Peak Highway allows people of all abilities to enjoy the spectacular views from the summit. In addition to driving to the top, visitors can enjoy a...