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Steve’s Q1 2017 Returns of his Portfolio and “Dating” 2

Steve’s Q1 2017 Returns of his Portfolio and “Dating”

Posted by on Apr 11, 2017 in Annual and per quarter returns, Personal Finance

Yep, you read the title of this blog correctly. But first I apologize, as it’s been a long time since my last post.

Since the beginning of the year, my portfolio and my personal life are growing and changing. As you know, I have experienced the worst personal loss of my life for the last 1.5 years. Because of my work with a grief group, 1 X 1 with a life coach, and maintaining connections with family and friends, being single again sucks sometimes, but I have begun the impossible, dating! I had never planned to be single so soon in my retirement and in the most shocking way. So what am I doing differently? I put my personal profile on a couple of dating sites, and I have actually gone out on coffee, hiking and dinner dates for the first time in 40+ years! I am beginning to appreciate being free and single again. I can do anything I want, and I have the financial resources to do just that.

Besides my personal life going in a positive direction, this stock market continues to grow, and so does my portfolio. Take a look at how my investments performed, my asset allocation and my costs. It’s only one click away.

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Eight Daily Habits of the Wealthy

Posted by on Jun 28, 2016 in Donating to Charities, Frugal Habits, Personal Finance, Successful Wealth Building

Steve’s comment: Guest Author Jessica Kane shows how some regular people of all income levels become wealthy. Those who earned their way to being financially secure executed those common sense daily habits we all share. I love articles that show the behavioral similarities between the wealthy and the rest of us. I think it comes down to actually believing that if you are consistent and disciplined about the goal of saving and learning to manage your investments, after time, your assets will grow more than you think and you’ll become financially secure. It’s a darn good feeling.  

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2016 Portfolio Plan, Market Crash and Additional Financial Goodies

Posted by on Jan 20, 2016 in Consumer Finance, Do it yourself investors (DIY), Fiduciary Standard, Financial Education/Literacy, Personal Finance

Today’s post is a follow-up to my previous post about my 2015 portfolio return. In the first weeks of 2016 the stock market had its worst beginning of the new year ever. That is a strong and historic statement. Is there anything we should be doing different? As long as you have a low-cost, diversified plan across all major asset classes and that the stock bond split is appropriate for your age and willingness to take risk, there is no reason to change your plan or to capitulate. In fact, it is not good to change your plan to a less risky portfolio while a crash is underway. Check out my portfolio during this current crash.

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Steve’s Portfolio Performance for 2015

Posted by on Jan 15, 2016 in Do it yourself investors (DIY), Financial Education/Literacy, Low Cost Investors, Personal Finance

Today’s blog is not about competition, heaven forbid! I am not a financial adviser. I show how I evaluated my portfolio so that it is following the overall stock and bond market index returns. Our goal is to earn the market averages, not exceed them. I invite you to share your portfolio return so everyone learns.

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