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September 30 3rdQ, 2016 Portfolio YTD Returns 2

September 30 3rdQ, 2016 Portfolio YTD Returns

Posted by on Oct 5, 2016 in Beginning Investing, Do it yourself investors (DIY), Financial Education/Literacy, Investor, Low Cost Investors, Passive Investment Strategy, Retired Couples, Successful Wealth Building

The Stock and Bond Markets are up again in the third quarter of 2016. Read how my portfolio has returned 6.7% after nine months. It’s really not complicated because my portfolio is straightforward. It’s constructed to gain when the core asset classes increase and loses value when the market goes down.
Losing is an important part of investing process, if not the most important part. The majority of people don’t understand it because they sell when their investment declines. Never sell, unless it is part of your plan, not because of bear market conditions. Have a plan and stick with it during ups and downs.

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Steve’s Book Review: Excellent for Beginners 1

Steve’s Book Review: Excellent for Beginners

Posted by on Sep 14, 2016 in Consumer Finance, Do it yourself investors (DIY), Financial Education/Literacy, Low Cost Investors, Passive Investment Strategy

I reviewed another investment book. I tell why self-published authors connect better with investing beginners than most of the traditionally published personal finance books found in bookstores. The author follows the sage advice of portfolio construction of Jack Bogle and the investment company he founded in 1974, Vanguard Group. I highly recommend this book. It’s an easy read and gets right to the point.

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Bond Warnings? Have a Diversification Plan and Ignore the Pundits! ALL OF THEM! I mean it. 0

Bond Warnings? Have a Diversification Plan and Ignore the Pundits! ALL OF THEM! I mean it.

Posted by on Sep 10, 2016 in Passive Investment Strategy, Retirement Planning, Successful Wealth Building

Many financial planning professionals are trying to scare people into “doing something” with your bonds. Ignore the warnings from the pundits on the financial news mania that you should now buy gold or precious metals. Even my favorite radio political pundit, former Senator Tom Harkin, warns people to buy gold. With all due respect, the former good Senator doesn’t know what he is talking about by telling people in his commercials to put all of their money in gold, because he has been predicting a stock market crash for over a year. That is despicable advice and he should stick to what he does best, discuss progressive ideas.
Be mindful that these articles and the pundits have an agenda. The articles are written by authors who usually work for a firm that happens to sell “what you need” and the reporters or radio hosts want views or website clicks. Scare tactics work every time, but not to readers here. Have a balanced plan with stocks and bonds approximately equal to your age. The post discusses in more detail why I have half of my portfolio in one bond fund, Vanguard’s Total Bond Market Index. I will NEVER buy gold!

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Rebalancing My Life and My Portfolio 4

Rebalancing My Life and My Portfolio

Posted by on Jul 15, 2016 in Beginning Investing, Low Cost Investors, Passive Investment Strategy

Is been over eight months since Dan died and while the hours and days are getting easier, I miss Dan every day. The single life remains an unfamiliar challenge. I am still thinking and feeling as a part of a couple—similar to losing a limb, the phantom pain is real. I am functioning just fine and carrying on with life as if nothing happened. But my grief is alive and painful just below the surface, 24/7. I am slowly “rebalancing” back to a single life, a life that I have not experienced since my 20s.

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Steve’s Investment Seminar Comments 0

Steve’s Investment Seminar Comments

Posted by on May 8, 2016 in Beginning Investing, Financial Education/Literacy, Passive Investment Strategy

Additional workshop results from retired participations at one of the country’s biggest senior centers, Mizell, located in American’s premier retirement destinations, Palm Springs CA. I was asked by my friend Dave to give my presentation that Dan and I had given in the last 3.5 years.

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Taxes, Life without Dan, 1st Quarter 2016 Performance 2

Taxes, Life without Dan, 1st Quarter 2016 Performance

Posted by on Apr 2, 2016 in Beginning Investing, Do it yourself investors (DIY), Passive Investment Strategy, Retirement Planning

What does grief, taxes, and the first quarter portfolio report have in common? Plenty. I discuss my challenge to do my taxes because Dan did our taxes, and to report how I am doing with life without Dan, and my portfolio first quarter report. I feel good that I completed my taxes with Turbo Tax–Dan would be proud.
I also am happy to report that my portfolio has regained all of the Year-to-Date loses and is up $30,000 YTD. Of course, this makes me feel good and helps with my grief of losing Dan five months ago. But what makes me the happiest is helping others through volunteer work and this blog. When I read what my friend Karen and her sister Therese did about with their finances, and the resulting contentment, security and peace of mind that they feel now, made me the happiest of all.

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