Money matters 101 – Setting financial goals and rolling with the punches

I found that if you have a goal, that you might not reach it. But if you don’t have one, then you are never disappointed. And I gotta tell ya . . . it feels phenomenal!” ~ Peter La Fleur Unlike the advice of Peter La Fleur in “Dodgeball,” you need to have financial plans to guide your life. Has your life taken a left … Continue reading Money matters 101 – Setting financial goals and rolling with the punches

Investing 105 – It’s automatic, it’s systematic, it’s hydromatic: Investing with apps – Stash

Stash – Budget, Invest, and Plan Stash is a more user-friendly app and focuses on educating investors on how to best pick investments and balance a portfolio along with other financial advice. The app is not as straight forward as Robinhood where you click and buy; however, Stash offers DRIP and automated investing. The cost of Stash varies based on what you are using it … Continue reading Investing 105 – It’s automatic, it’s systematic, it’s hydromatic: Investing with apps – Stash

Investing 104 – Don’t worry, be happy: Investing with apps – Acorns

Acorns – Set it and forget about it! Grow your financial “Oak Tree” slow and steady over time. Acorns follows the KISS – Keep It Simple Stupid – method of investing. Where Robinhood (see previous post) gave flexibility, Acorns helps you determine a portfolio that is the right mix of risk and return for you and that’s it. Further, Ascorn is all about small recurring … Continue reading Investing 104 – Don’t worry, be happy: Investing with apps – Acorns

Investing 103 – I want it that way: How to invest with apps – Robinhood

If you decide to invest on your own, there are a number of apps with commission-free and low cost options. Here, I will (1) describe the apps; (2) describe the pros and cons of each app; and (3) identify which type of investor each app is best for. Also, I will provide my referral link for each app. If you want to try an app, … Continue reading Investing 103 – I want it that way: How to invest with apps – Robinhood

Grab fitness by the horns: Workout like ancient Olympian Milo of Croton

Milo of Croton, the most accomplished Olympic wrestler in antiquity, was renowned for his Herculean feats of strength, which included snapping a band tied around his temple just by furrowing his brow as well as single-handedly carrying his own bronze statue to its final resting place. Of course, ancient athletes like Milo in the 6th century B.C. did not have access to cable-weight machines, elastic … Continue reading Grab fitness by the horns: Workout like ancient Olympian Milo of Croton

Investing 102 – Where do I begin?

Once you understand the basic concept of investing – your money makes money for you – and decide to begin investing, where should you start? Different financial experts have different opinions on this, of course. First, most agree that you should find a financial advisor. Despite costing fees, sound financial guidance will save you far more than the cost of the advisor. Second, you should … Continue reading Investing 102 – Where do I begin?

Investing 101 – Why invest?

“Be Fearful When Others Are Greedy and Greedy When Others Are Fearful” ~ Warren Buffett We are constantly told to save for retirement and make your money work for you through investing. However, where should we start and why should we start? Let’s start with what investing actually is – purchasing shares of stock (equity) and bonds (debt) of a company. When you purchase a … Continue reading Investing 101 – Why invest?

Finance 104 – Budgeting: Ramit Sethi’s ‘I will teach you to be rich’

What does your “rich life” look like? That is the principal of Ramit Sethi’s financial advice and best-selling book “I Will Teach You To Be Rich.” He wants his readers to visualize where they want to be and break down what that actually costs – it is usually less than people expect. Ramit’s key advice is to not stress about $5 coffees or clipping coupons, … Continue reading Finance 104 – Budgeting: Ramit Sethi’s ‘I will teach you to be rich’

Finance 102 – Budgets: How to master your personal finances

You Need a Budget – “Failing to Plan is Planning to Fail“ Everyone needs a budget, regardless of their income. Some common myths are: (1) only those people barely making ends meet needs a budget; (2) budgets are restricting; or (3) I’ve tried budgeting and it does not work for me. However, these are myths. (1) Wealthy people budget. More importantly, budgeting helped them get … Continue reading Finance 102 – Budgets: How to master your personal finances

Head stuck in the clouds? How to combat brain fog

Brain fog – the inability to have a sharp memory or to lack a sharp focus. Basically, you have brain fog on those days where you never seem to be able to focus or are constantly forgetting things. We all have those times when we feel sluggish or for some reason we just can’t quite remember something that we should. Worst of all is when … Continue reading Head stuck in the clouds? How to combat brain fog