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The Real Path To Wealth And Power

What is the fastest way to become wealthier?  Saving, investing, starting a side business or getting a great education are all things that will set you on the path to financial independence.  These are also things that take years and sometimes even decades to […]

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When Paying Off Your Mortgage Is a Bad Idea

I never cease to be amazed at how much misinformation and bad advice exists out there when it comes to building wealth.  Sometimes the bad advice is given in good spirit and with the best intentions.  In other situations, people are trying to capitalize […]

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Compare Yourself To Others To Build Wealth Faster

Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are the three unalienable rights in the US Declaration of Independence.   These are replicated in various forms in the constitutional documents of many other countries, at least those that have regard to the quality of life of […]

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The Number 1 Rule For Making Money In Real Estate

What always suprises me about propety investments is how many people put significant chunks of their net worth into real estate without having a fundamental understanding of real estate investing.  Sure, you can sometimes get lucky and make money.  After all, many people got […]

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How To Optimize Your Dividend Reinvestments

After real estate, consistent investment into the stock market over a long period of time is the second best way to build wealth.  My target portfolio allocation to stocks is about 45%.  I keep the other 45% in real estate and 10% in cash […]

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How To Use Credit Cards To Build Wealth

Credit card use (or abuse) is one of the most contentious topics in the FIRE community.  Some people – usually in the “I will skimp and save my way to FIRE” category – swear you should avoid them.  Others might be more ambivalent.  Fundamentally, […]