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December 23, 2021

Investing in 2022: Trends to Watch

Today is a fascinating time for investors. Covid and the omicron variant are continuing to wreak havoc on public health, the labor market, the supply chain, and beyond. The world is driving toward cleaner energy. Big technology is bigger than ever. Inflation and rising prices are going strong. In this article, we’ll cover what we consider to be the top three trends to watch as we enter 2022 and our second calendar year of the pandemic.   Big Tech & Cryptocurrency According to CNBC in April 2021, investors put more money into stocks in the preceding five months than in […]
December 21, 2021

The Cobra Effect and Inflation

The Cobra Effect is an unintended consequence where unintended behavior is ignored, making a problem worse than it originally was. When Delhi India was under British rule in the late 1800s, Delhi was infested with Cobras. As a result, the British incentivized farmers and locals to kill cobras by paying them a bounty when they brought a dead cobra to them. This effort worked in the short-run, reducing the population of cobras in the area, but eventually it became hard to find cobras at all. Despite this, the people still wanted to make money from the bounty, and since there […]
December 6, 2021

TRUE Traits for Successful Investing

When it comes to investing, the big decisions are driven by how much money to have in stocks, bonds, and cash. TRUE’s Traits for successful investing are listed below to help you allocate your money based on your long-term plan. Trait #1: Try to have 4-6 months of cash on hand for emergencies. Trait #2: If you need the money in the next 12 months, then it should be in cash. If you need the money to start a business in the next year, there is no sense in risking this money in the stock or bond market. We recommend […]
September 8, 2021

Top Reasons For Business Success

There’s enough negativity in this world. From social media to newspapers to TV, haters and critics abound. As I read a recent list from Entrepreneur Magazine and Yahoo! about the top reasons for business failure, I decided to write a list on the top reasons for business success by today’s fantastic entrepreneurs. Take these with a grain of salt – they are all my opinions after 27 years in the business world. Purpose and Direction. Business owners who are clear on their purpose and why their company exists are better communicators with their team and their clients. They tend to […]
July 20, 2021

Can You Ask Better Questions?

Do I have enough? As you approach making work optional, you begin to dwell on this question. Have I saved enough? Do I have enough? It’s certainly a subjective question because what’s enough for me may not be enough for you. It all depends on how much it costs to live the life you want to live and how you are going to live when work is optional for you. But more than asking this question, I’d propose you ask yourself a second and third question: Do I have enough to do? Have I had enough? Do I have enough […]
June 17, 2021

The Most Common Retirement Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

These days, planning to retire —or as we like to call it, making work optional— isn’t a luxury; it’s a necessity. Making work optional has become too complex to just pick a day and stop showing up to work. And it’s more than complex— it is also expensive. You have to factor in expenses, taxes, and other spending. There are many ways to pay for it, but which ways are the best ways? How much do you need to save? How should you invest?   Many pre-retirees don’t know the answers to these questions. As a result, there are several common […]