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The Art of Art Investing

The Art of Art Investing

To the untrained eye, an antique character doll sold at a Sep. 24 art auction curated by London-based private auction house Bonhams auction is perhaps no more than a charming relic from a bygone era. But, to the participants of the event, the rare character...
What You Need To Know Before Buying Rental Property

What You Need To Know Before Buying Rental Property

After two years of living in my first condo, I decided to rent it out and buy a house. I always wanted to live in my own house and finally found one by chance while helping a friend find a condo one Sunday afternoon. The house needed some new windows and...
Retirement Might Not Cost As Much As You Think

Retirement Might Not Cost As Much As You Think

One of the reasons why the 401k By Age post receives so much attention is because so many people view the 401k chart as unobtainable. Even those who are well within the 401k range for their age don’t think the numbers are realistic. Odd. Read the...
Why Real Estate Should Be A Part Of Your Retirement Strategy

Why Real Estate Should Be A Part Of Your Retirement Strategy

What is your definition of wealth? Some might say a wealthy person is someone who does not have to worry about money. She can do as she pleases without ever having to check in with anybody. Others say wealth equals a nice cash hoard and a robust stock...
Inaction Is Costing You A Fortune

Inaction Is Costing You A Fortune

Inaction is a disease. It’s much easier to complain why the world isn’t fair than do something about a situation. I knew a fella who would come into work every single day and complain how much he hated his work and his boss. For two years he used...
Better To Work For A Hedge Fund Than To Invest In One

Better To Work For A Hedge Fund Than To Invest In One

The California Public Employees’ Retirement System, the second largest pension fund in America, recently decided to divest its entire $4 billion from hedge funds after spending $135 million in fees for only a 7.1% gain in 2013. There are two shocking...

Are You Rich And Broke? Now, Now, Dear

There are more people making six figures a year than you know. Retired San Francisco police chief Heather Fong makes an estimated $250,000 a year in cash as part of her pension, not salary. My 43 year old union electrician makes $150,000 a year and is...
Don’t Wait Until You’re Broken To See The World

Don’t Wait Until You’re Broken To See The World

The Mediterranean is chilly in the Fall, ranging from 48-75 degrees Fahrenheit. My cruise ship was packed with a couple thousand explorers. Not only that, there were three other ships just as large following us around. Pretty good for the tail-end of the...