The topic of future stock market returns has got to be one of the most popular stones of contention in the personal finance community.
Everyone agrees that historically, those returns looked pretty damn good.
But what does the future hold? […]
Clearing your first 100k is one of the most exciting milestones in your financial journey.
But it’s getting to your first million that makes you feel like you’ve finally arrived.
Here’s a detailed, step-by-step guide to making it a reality. […]
Ask anyone who is worth their investing salt and they will be unequivocal about it:
The stock market is the most amazing money machine that has ever been invented.
But is that still true in today’s frenzied environment? […]
Our journey to wealth started in earnest about ten years ago. My wife and I had just moved to London. In our late 20s / early 30s respectively, we were about to embark on the next leg of our professional careers – and were […]
The biggest refrain you hear from people who think you can beat the stock market goes as follows:
“By definition, 50% of investors do better than the market and the other 50% do worse. Surely it cannot be so hard to be in the first group.” […]
Halfway through last year, I published a detailed guide on how to build wealth in your 40s.
The reader reaction was nothing short of overwhelming.
Numerous folks reached out to thank me for addressing an often-overlooked topic.
For some reason […]
The period between 1999 and 2009 will likely go down as the “decade of pain” for US large-cap investors.
The S&P 500 followed the roaring 90s with a nasty, -2% annualized return over the subsequent ten years.
And yes, that does include reinvestment of dividends. […]
As a child, I was never particularly athletic.
Choosing between a book and a ball game, I’d always go for the former.
Suffice it to say that my popularity as a kid fully reflected my choices. But then, it all changed. […]
To kick off today’s post, let me tell you a little story. The story is about a good friend of mine from the MBA days. To preserve confidentiality, we can call him Mike. Today, however, I will call him the Frustrated Consultant. With that […]
The other day, I had a call from my relationship banker across the pond. Now, I have no idea why I have a relationship banker. I’m far, far away from meeting the definition of an ultra-high-net-worth individual, for whom such niceties are usually reserved. […]
A few weeks ago, I sat down on a Saturday afternoon to write a post about the top investing mistakes people make on their journeys. Now, I am not talking about active investing, trying to time the market, or even join that exclusive club […]
A lot has been said about the tremendous run-up in the stock market since the global financial crisis. Historically, the S&P 500 returned about 10% a year (nominal, with dividends included). Over the past decade, however, the returns are well into double digits: So […]
The world of investing is a confusing one. Let’s start with the good news: it gets easier with time. Now for the bad news: when you first start out, the terminology can get so overwhelming that you’ll just want to give up on the […]
On August 5th, 2011, representatives of the S&P rating agency announced their decision to downgrade their credit rating of the US Federal Government. To be fair, the S&P had clearly flagged their thinking earlier on, announcing a negative outlook back in April of the […]
And so, as it usually does every year, the Christmas fiesta has come to an end. If anything, the unexpected lockdown here in London was a blessing in disguise. Yes, not being able to see friends and family was a bummer. On the flip […]
One of the fundamental truths of being a personal finance blogger is that it invariably involves telling readers what you think. The internet, however, is a funny, opaque place. Things are not always what they seem. And for all you know, I could be […]
Bonds or equities? US or international? Large cap or small cap? What about value? Gold, commodities, crypto, individual stocks, sectors and subsectors, investing styles – the personal finance community is bursting at the seams with discussions on where to put your money. And yet, […]
The other day, I got a frantic call from the commercial tenant at one of our rental properties. There was a pretty significant leak coming in from above which caused a mini-flood in the restaurant below. Luckily, the place was closed to customers at […]
The absence of role models has long been one of the biggest obstacles to building wealth. After all, the easiest way to become successful is to find someone who is already successful – and replicate what they have done. However, money isn’t like fitness […]
It may not seem like it, but as of today, we are just four weeks away from Christmas. One of the most eventful years of the past few decades is beginning the countdown toward its logical conclusion. It’s fair to say that 2020 has […]
On Saturday morning, I woke up to an email from a long-time reader of this blog. To preserve anonymity, let’s call him Carl. Carl sent me a link to this story from the Sunday Times and asked for my views. I was still in […]
Back in February, when a very prescient colleague of mine was busy liquidating his equity portfolio, a good friend of mine was going in the opposite direction. He and I had discussed investing in the past – and he had fully signed on to […]
Yesterday’s news of the Pfizer vaccine may well be the emotional highlight of 2020. It certainly put a big smile on my face, notwithstanding an otherwise challenging day at work. A triumph of good over evil. Of human ingenuity over a nasty, deadly illness. […]