Destruction of value
Investing

Destruction of Value

About ten years ago, I attended an investment conference that brought together students and faculty from a number of MBA programs on the East Coast. Eugene Fama was one of the keynote speakers at the event. This was a few years before he won […]

Financial Independence

A Pre-Mortem On Your Life

One of the most enduring lessons I’ve taken away from my MBA degree is the concept of a “pre-mortem”. Applied in a managerial / finance context, the idea is quite simple. Let’s say you are about to kick off a big project. It can […]

Early retirement terrifies me
Financial Independence

Why Early Retirement Terrifies Me

Ahh, the sweet promise of early retirement. The date is January 31, 2020. The news outlets are slowly picking up coverage of the strange pandemic that’s shutting down Chinese cities and seems to be spreading beyond the country’s borders. I have zero time to […]

No return
Investing

Irreversible

After seven and a half months of working from home, I have finally had enough. Driven by a desire to insert a bit more separation between work and life, I put on my mask, boarded the Jubilee line, and headed for the office. To […]

Financial Independence

What You Don’t See

A lifetime ago (i.e. back in my teenage days), I had a very short but highly memorable stint working for a moving company. The set-up was simple.  The owner of the company, who doubled up as the CEO, CFO, driver, and mover, had offered […]

Stock market - top secret
Stock Market

How To Hack The Stock Market

Want to learn a guaranteed way to never, ever lose money in the stock market? Then today’s post is for you. Those who have read about the magic money machine will remember this graph: It’s a good representation of the random walk the stock […]

Puppet show
Careers

The Office Puppet Show

Back in the heydays leading up to the global financial crisis, the same scene would regularly play out at the Deutsche Bank London headquarters. On bonus day, a car transporter would pull up to the landmark yellow building at 75 London Wall. It would […]

Financial Independence

A Vicious Circle

It has begun – and it’s relentless. It happens at nursery drop-offs and pickups. At playdates and playgrounds. At birthday parties and barbeques. And anywhere else where you might be unlucky enough to bump into an acquaintance with a child who turns 5 next […]

Financial Independence

Five Questions For Your Next Net Worth Update

Updating your net worth spreadsheet can be an exciting affair. Nothing quite like getting a dopamine rush as you watch the numbers tick up, bringing financial independence firmly into focus. Another dollar, another step closer to leaving the cubicle behind. There is no doubt […]