Financial Freedom Blog Collection

Financial Samurai Slicing Through Money's Mysteries

  • Be Unapologetically Fierce About Pursuing Your Dreams
    by Financial Samurai on November 20, 2017 at 10:28 am

    Remember that annoying kid in school who made fun of you for getting a good grade? The goal was to make you feel bad at doing well so he wouldn’t feel so terrible about himself. I had plenty of encounters with such kids growing up at my public high school. In the end, I brushed Read More... The post Be Unapologetically Fierce About Pursuing Your Dreams appeared first on Financial Samurai. […]

  • Winter Is The Absolute Best Time To Buy A House
    by Financial Samurai on November 17, 2017 at 10:28 am

    I’ve checked out open houses every weekend for the past 16 years. The idea is to blend exercise with remodeling ideas and property knowledge into a one to two hour window. I’ll usually visit three to four open houses within a two mile radius. The knowledge gained from open house hunting helped me remodel a couple houses without the Read More... The post Winter Is The Absolute Best Time To Buy A House appeared first on Financial Samurai. […]

  • It Feels A Lot Like 2007 Again: Reflecting On The Previous Peak
    by Financial Samurai on November 14, 2017 at 10:28 am

    Reflection helps us appreciate how far we’ve come. Reflection also helps us learn from our mistakes. In this post, I’d like everybody to reflect on several key items: Career, Finances, Health, Family, and Happiness. See if you can tie the five together and weave a story about who you are today. The one thing I Read More... The post It Feels A Lot Like 2007 Again: Reflecting On The Previous Peak appeared first on Financial Samurai. […]

  • What Every Home Seller Should Do Before Listing
    by Financial Samurai on November 10, 2017 at 10:28 am

    For a guy who likes to thoroughly analyze things, I made a mistake when selling my house that could have cost me hundreds of thousands of dollars. Before accepting the final offer, I failed to do a thorough analysis of what similar homes bought at a similar time for a similar price sold for most Read More... The post What Every Home Seller Should Do Before Listing appeared first on Financial Samurai. […]

  • 5 Rules For Getting The Best Financial Advice For Your Money
    by Todd Tresidder on August 7, 2017 at 7:37 pm

    Do you know all the ways your financial adviser profits from your account? What's the difference between a broker and a financial adviser? If you can't answer both of these questions with confidence you're not alone. Multiple studies show investors are confused - and for good reason. Compensation, both hidden and disclosed, has evolved in recent years. The formerly clear lines of demarcation between different financial advisory roles have been blurred. Why should you care? The reason is compensation structure - how you pay for the financial advice your receive, and the conflicts of interest it causes - affect the quality of advice you receive. This article will show you how to get the best financial advice for your money... […]

  • 6 Disturbing Truths Your Financial Expert Won’t Disclose… But Should
    by Todd Tresidder on August 7, 2017 at 4:32 am

    Most of us look to financial experts for their knowledge and advice because, well, they're experts. We pay them for that knowledge because we lack it ourselves. Unfortunately, that knowledge isn't always as valuable as you might think, particularly when it comes to financial advice. In fact, it's more valuable to become your own financial expert. Why? Financial professionals aren't always right, and they don't always invest with your best interests in mind. Discover how you can improve your investment performance by managing these inherent conflicts of interest... […]

  • 3 Types of Investors – Which One Are You? Take This Test…
    by Todd Tresidder on August 7, 2017 at 12:02 am

    There are three types of investors, but only one type is right for you. You must carefully match your investment strategy with your skills, resources, and interests if you want to achieve your financial goals as easy as possible. Many investment strategies won't fit your financial situation. The good news is you can advance to another investment type with the right education and skill development. Take this test to gauge where you are at now and what the right next step will be for your situation... […]

  • The Great Financial Forecasting Hoax: Why Stock Market Predictions Are Dangerous To Your Wealth
    by Todd Tresidder on August 6, 2017 at 10:38 pm

    Do you enjoy feeling out of control when investing in the market? Of course not. No one does. This loss of control is because the essence of investing is putting capital at risk into an unknowable future. How do you profit reliably when the future is unknowable? It's a complicated question. Unfortunately, most people respond to this innate uncertainty by seeking financial forecasters - from talking heads on CNBC to magazine and newspaper writers to financial analysts - to bring some sense of certainty to this unknowable future. They want to believe these soothsayers have enough foreknowledge about financial events to make a meaningful difference. Unfortunately, they don't, and I'll show you the facts to prove it. In addition, you'll discover how to invest profitably without any need to make any prediction about the future. […]

  • The Top 16 Types of Securities Fraud You Must Avoid
    by Todd Tresidder on August 4, 2017 at 6:19 pm

    Securities fraud should be a real concern for any investor. Eventually you'll come across a con man or "trusted" individual unknowingly selling a fraudulent investment. It's not a question of "if", but "when". I see it regularly in my coaching client's portfolios. Knowing how to recognize fraud before you commit your money is your only safeguard. This list contains sixteen of the most common types of securities fraud so you'll know how to recognize fraud and protect your portfolio. It's education that'll pay you... […]

Mr. Money Mustache Early Retirement through Badassity

  • When Your Shitty Health Insurance Doubles in Price
    by Mr. Money Mustache on November 5, 2017 at 5:09 pm

    Well, despite Mr. Money Mustache’s outrageous optimism, I think we all saw this coming. I opened up my premium renewal email from Kaiser and saw this: My family’s monthly health insurance premium, which had already more than doubled in the last few years to $674 per month, was going up a further 44% for the […]

  • Get Rich With: Conspicuous Consumption
    by Mr. Frugal Toque on October 24, 2017 at 7:33 pm

    MMM Note: The following is a lesson from our Canadian friend Mr. Frugal Toque, a long-time reader and contributor to this blog, and soon-to-be early retiree. I can’t say for certain that we Mustachians need perfect honesty: I’d be lying to you. But if we’re to proceed with the utmost efficiency, we’re going to have […]

  • Electric Car vs. Winter
    by Mr. Money Mustache on October 7, 2017 at 1:27 am

    Just a few days ago, I got a surprise in the mail. It was a very expensive registration renewal bill* from Boulder County, reminding me that my brand-new 2016 Nissan Leaf was already a whole year old. The car has now been through the full cycle of Colorado’s interesting driving conditions including blazing sunshine, blowing […]

  • Seek Not to Be Entertained
    by Mr. Money Mustache on September 20, 2017 at 4:38 pm

    I was enjoying a walk downtown with my son recently, when I noticed something wasn’t quite right. A man was emerging from the background of other pedestrians, trying to make eye contact. We kept walking. “Excuse Me! Gentlemen! How much are you paying for your Cable TV right now?” I could now see that he was […]

  • From Zero to Wealthy in Two Years – With AirBnb?
    by Mr. Money Mustache on August 16, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    By this point you probably know all you ever wanted to know, and more, about Mr. Money Mustache’s long-ago path to early retirement. But my story is only one of an infinite number of possibilities, which means it is valuable to look around at how other people are doing it. Because of that, I’ve been […]

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