Personal Development

Not Fade Away

In a break from tradition, today’s post has nothing to do with money, investing or financial independence. Instead, it is about life, and dealing with the curveballs that it will inevitably throw your way. Imagine for a moment that you are young, healthy, have […]

Loving Active Investors
Investing

Falling In Love With Active Investing

In the personal finance community, you will struggle to find a set of people more vehemently disliked than active money managers. Yours truly certainly shares the sentiment. There are exceptions, of course. Star managers who haven’t (yet) fallen from grace. The rare species who […]

Taking Stock
Personal Development

Taking Stock

In any journey, the half-way mark is always an interesting – and symbolic milestone. Even more so this year as we navigate our way through a tumultuous 2020. Not that long ago, we were busy writing up our New Year’s resolutions. Those Australian wildfires […]

A Matter Of Time
Personal Development

A Matter Of Time

One of the biggest obstacles we face on the path to success is the concept of time frames. As a species, humans are just so damn impatient. Genetics plays a big role here. Put simply, delaying gratification was never the utility-maximizing strategy. For thousands […]

Financial Independence

How To Lose Your Job In 10 Years

Another horrible commute. A highly unpleasant interaction with a passive-aggressive colleague. A manager that seems to pile on more work every day – and yet isn’t nearly so generous with the recognition. And the work itself. What (hopefully) seemed exciting early on has now […]

It Won't Happen To You
Careers

It Won’t Happen To You

When Randall Stephenson announced he is retiring from his role as the CEO of AT&T a few weeks ago, he sure caused a stir. Donald Trump took an instant swipe at him on Twitter. Clearly, no love lost between CNN and the White House […]

Passive income - reality or mirage?
Financial Independence

The Illusion Of Passive Income

Tuck the kids into bed. Kiss your significant other good night. Slide under the covers, close your eyes and wait for the magic to happen. “Make money while you sleep” Ahh, the holy grail of financial independence. A present-day Noah’s Ark, keeping you afloat […]

Investing

The Future Is Tech… Or Is It?

One possible explanation for the recent divergence in stock market performance vis-à-vis the broader economy is the performance of the tech sector. Microsoft, Apple, Amazon, Alphabet, and Facebook now comprise ~22% of the S&P 500 index. It’s no wonder that the stock market held […]

Stock market returns demystified
Stock Market

Demystifying Stock Market Returns

The stock market is a complex beast. This is not entirely surprising. In a way, it might even be expected. After all, it’s a mechanism that allows retail investors like you and I take a tiny ownership stake in large multinational corporations like Microsoft […]

Losing the plot
Investing

Losing The Plot

“It’s all over. They’ve gone and lost it.” This was just one of the comments that popped up in my Facebook feed on March 15th, the day the Fed cut interest rates to zero and launched a massive stimulus program. “They have nothing left […]