Financial Freedom Blog Collection


Financial Samurai Slicing Through Money's Mysteries

  • What’s In A Home Insurance Policy: Know The Details Before Your House Burns Down
    by Sam Dogen on February 24, 2018 at 10:18 am

    Sam asked me to write this post after we lost our home overnight to the Tubb’s Fire in Northern California. We were living a good doctor’s life. A $1.2 million dollar home with a killer sunset view. Life was good, but with my mortgage and student debt I was still quite stressed. The kind that Read More... The post What’s In A Home Insurance Policy: Know The Details Before Your House Burns Down appeared first on Financial Samurai. […]

  • Getting Rich Is About Willpower: Why Give Up When You Can Keep On Going
    by Sam Dogen on February 21, 2018 at 10:18 am

    In the 1960s, Columbia University psychologist Walter Mischel conducted an experiment on children that is now often referred to as The Marshmallow Test. Walter invited various aged children into a room individually and asked them to sit down in front of a table with one marshmallow. He told the preschooler that he could eat the Read More... The post Getting Rich Is About Willpower: Why Give Up When You Can Keep On Going appeared first on Financial Samurai. […]

  • Five Steps To Improving Productivity: A Quora Case Study
    by Sam Dogen on February 19, 2018 at 10:28 am

    Since making money from our investments might be getting more difficult, it’s good if everybody figures out how to improve productivity. During a downturn, corporations try to squeeze employees to do more after letting go of a bunch of people. But working more is not my definition of being more productive. Working the the same Read More... The post Five Steps To Improving Productivity: A Quora Case Study appeared first on Financial Samurai. […]

  • The Marriage Penalty Tax Has Been Abolished, Hooray!
    by Sam Dogen on February 16, 2018 at 10:28 am

    In the past, I used to wonder why two individuals with high incomes or two individuals with a large income differences would ever want to get married. Paying thousands of dollars in marriage penalty taxes didn’t make sense. It seemed obvious that the government wanted one spouse to give up his or her career to stay at home, even Read More... The post The Marriage Penalty Tax Has Been Abolished, Hooray! appeared first on Financial Samurai. […]

  • The Key To Living Longer: Fear Being Alone Far More Than Going Broke
    by Sam Dogen on February 13, 2018 at 10:18 am

    I’ve always told my wife that if all goes to hell, at least we’ll still have each other. After all, we met during college when neither of us had any money. We were happy just spending time together between classes in the Sunken Gardens at The College of William & Mary. Having to start over Read More... The post The Key To Living Longer: Fear Being Alone Far More Than Going Broke appeared first on Financial Samurai. […]

  • Bubbles, Bubbles Everywhere – How To Protect Yourself
    by Todd Tresidder on January 27, 2018 at 6:30 pm

    All of the major markets are in extreme overvaluation territory creating extraordinary risk of loss. But this has been true for years so why the warning now? Discover the 4 symptoms that separate bubbles that burst from simple overvaluation, and find out how current market conditions stack up. Are we on the precipice of a collapse, or are we at the beginning of a sudden, final price acceleration? This complete analysis will give you all the facts and show you how to manage your risk of loss for the inevitable fall around the corner... […]

  • FM 024: How To Pay For College When You Don’t Qualify for Financial Aid, with Brad Baldridge & Jocelyn Paonita
    by Todd Tresidder on November 28, 2017 at 3:16 am

    Paying for your kids college is one of the biggest expenses you'll face. Many schools are so expensive that you could give your child a paid-off home and a secure retirement for what the education will cost. To make matters worse, the chances are good you won't qualify for need-based aid to help with the bill. So what are the strategies you can use to make college affordable? In this podcast interview, I provide proven strategies from two separate experts in back-to-back interviews providing a complete guide to making college affordable when you don't qualify for need-based financial aid... […]

  • 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... […]

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  • My DIY Solar Power Setup – Free Energy for Life
    by Mr. Money Mustache on February 8, 2018 at 12:56 am

    It is pretty well known at this point that Mr. Money Mustache is enamored with solar power. Besides the obvious Sci-Fi coolness of it (Electricity, Satellites, Futuristic Robots!) and the eco-friendliness of it (energy with zero noise or pollution), in the last five years the money side of things has finally matured, so that solar power is […]

  • An Interview with Matt Cutts: Can the Government grow a Money Mustache?
    by Mr. Money Mustache on January 22, 2018 at 5:38 pm

    One day last week, the icy grip of a winter storm broke and the skies of Colorado returned to their normal state of deep blue with bright sunshine. So I decided to head out for a hike on the warm red rock trails just outside of Boulder. Taking a break on a big rock at […]

  • Why Bitcoin is Stupid
    by Mr. Money Mustache on January 3, 2018 at 12:32 am

    Well, shit. I’ve been watching this situation for a few years, and assuming it would just blow over so we wouldn’t have to talk about it here in this place where we are supposed to be busy improving our lives. But a collective insanity has sprouted around the new field of ‘cryptocurrencies’, causing a totally […]

  • How to Give Money (and Get Happiness) More Easily
    by Mr. Money Mustache on December 4, 2017 at 8:27 pm

      If you have more money than you need, you should start giving some of it away.  That’s the lesson I learned about a year ago, when I took a gamble and donated $100,000 to a variety of charities, centered around the Effective Altruism movement. More on Effective Altruism: The Life You Can Save website, […]

  • Mr. Money Mustache, UBER Driver
    by Mr. Money Mustache on November 22, 2017 at 5:43 pm

    Unrelated Surprise: Did you know there is now an MMM Android App? It’s really good. Beautiful offline reading. Alerts you to new articles automatically, if you want. Thousands of users already. Free. Many more features (plus an Apple version) to come. It’s on the Google Play Store. —- About two years ago, I switched from taking […]

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