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The Financial Samurai Podcast: How To Survive The Pressure As The Sole Income Providing Parent

Being the sole income earner can be brutally difficult and stressful. Money strains can jeopardize a marriage and can create a tremendous amount of resentment in the household. Here are some ways to cope to save your relationship and your children. 

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Which Cryptocurrency to Buy: Top Three Bitcoin Alternatives

Table of Contents: Which cryptocurrency to buy – diversification Look at the Problem the Coin Purports to Solve Does the Coin Project Face Competition? Examine the Roadmap Investigate the Team Bitcoin Ethereum Monero Litecoin Binance Coin NEO Cardano The first thing to say about cryptocurrency investment is that it does not provide a guaranteed windfall […]

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Exxon Mobil: Buy This Oil Supermajor At An All-Time High Dividend Yield

Exxon Mobil (XOM) is an oil supermajor. Due to its poor business performance, the company has pronouncedly underperformed its peers and the broad market in the last five years. During this period, Exxon has shed 27% whereas Chevron (CVX) has dipped only 6% and S&P has rallied 53%. However, Exxon is about to return to […]

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Poking and Prodding: Did the CNN Democratic Debate Go Too Far?

CNN poked and prodded for fault lines among Democrats running for president during both nights of debates this week, and that wasn’t to everyone’s liking. The network took a hit on social media and among some critics for baiting candidates and provoking conflict. Drawing out differences in policy prescriptions and records, and seeing how politicians […]

The Financial Samurai Podcast: Quitting Your Job Is Selfish, Engineering Your Layoff Is The Right Thing To Do

Since publishing my book, How To Engineer Your Layoff, in 2012, I’ve had a number of people tell me that engineering your layoff is morally or ethically wrong.

But I’m here to argue that quitting your job is the morally and ethically wrong thing to do because you leave so many people in the lurch. Creating a win-win scenario and giving your colleagues time to find your replacement is a much better way to go.

My book is now in its 3rd edition for 2019 and beyond. 

Digital Health Firm Livongo’s Secret Sauce: Brainstorm Health

Happy Thursday, readers. I hate to be a tease—but I think this is one worth teasing. I’ll have a report out soon (alongside a video interview) about one of the most interesting aspects of Livongo, the digital health chronic disease management firm which enjoyed a massive pop in its public debut on the Nasdaq last […]

Constellation Brands: A Stealth Play On The Marijuana Boom

Investments in cannabis companies have ramped higher in the past few years. Investors now have access to a variety of cannabis-related companies, as products containing cannabis have reached greater social and legal acceptance in North America and around the world. Multiple large companies whose business models are not related to marijuana have invested in this […]

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Imperial Brands: Don’t Miss This 10% Dividend Yielder

Imperial Brands (IMBBY) is a leading cigarette manufacturer and tobacco company based in the United Kingdom. It was one of our recent top picks from Sure Dividend for building a portfolio that creates dividends in every calendar month and remains so today due to its competitive advantages, growth potential, and dirt cheap valuation. The company’s […]

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America Movil: A Top Telecom Stock For International Growth And Dividends

When it comes to the telecommunications sector, most investors are probably familiar with the U.S.l-based giants like AT&T (T) and Verizon (VZ). Indeed, these two companies dominate the U.S. telecom industry, and have a large investor following thanks to their high dividend yields. However, investors would do well to consider international telecommunications stocks as well, […]

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Alibaba: A Possible Dividend Down The Road, But Don’t Bet On It Yet

There are many ways for companies to allocate capital, and depending on their strategy, business model, and outlook for the industry they are active in, companies can make vastly differing decisions. Some prefer to make hefty payments to their shareholders via dividends and/or share repurchases, while others favor higher growth investment via either capital expenditures […]

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Why Dividend Investors Should Not Buy Uber Stock

Uber Technologies (UBER) IPO-ed in early May at $45 per share. Although the company is currently faced with steep losses from growth investment requirements and stiff competition from rivals like Lyft (LYFT) which squeeze its margins, it possesses an enormous growth runway that should eventually lead it to profitability. This leads us to try to […]

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The FS Podcast: How Much Money You Need To Retire Early And Live In Abject Poverty

As more people look to retire early before 60, more people are looking for shortcuts in order to get to early retirement quicker. What I’ve noticed is that more people are willing to live in abject poverty or near poverty just to do so.

I’ve crunched the numbers in this episode and post to show you how large of an investment portfolio you need to live poorly. The numbers are based off the official Federal Poverty Limit. 

The Financial Samurai Podcast: How Much Money You Need To Retire Early And Live In Abject Poverty

As more people look to retire early before 60, more people are looking for shortcuts in order to get to early retirement quicker. What I’ve noticed is that more people are willing to live in abject poverty or near poverty just to do so.

I’ve crunched the numbers in this episode and post to show you how large of an investment portfolio you need to live poorly. The numbers are based off the official Federal Poverty Limit. 

The Financial Samurai Podcast: What Age Do Most People Retire In America

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Episode notes: A lot of people want to retire early, but more than 80% of Americans retire after the age of 60. Let’s look at some of the details. Read more and view charts here: https://www.financialsamurai.com/age-people-retire-america/

The Financial Samurai Podcast: The Bull Market Checklist To Living Your Best Life Today

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Episode notes: There’s no point making money if you don’t use it to improve the quality of your life. Almost every asset class is going bonkers right now. It feels like we’re making free money. Nothing feels better than converting free money into something tangible or creating a wonderful experience. 

The Financial Samurai Podcast: Financial SEER – A Way To Quantify Risk Tolerance And Determine Appropriate Equity Exposure

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Episode Notes: This podcast is for someone who is wondering:

Whether they have the proper asset allocation
How to reduce investment stress while still benefitting from returns
How to quantify their risk tolerance
How to continue moving forward on their path to financial freedom despite all the uncertainty

You can read more and view charts here: https://www.financialsamurai.com/seer-quantify-risk-tolerance-determine-appropriate-equity-exposure/

The Financial Samurai Podcast: Solving The Happiness Conundrum In Five Moves Or Less

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Episode notes: I think money counts for at most 40% of our happiness equation, but we’re spending the majority of our time thinking about how to get more money, more power, and more prestige and not on the other 60%. As a result, we are not as happy as we could be. This episode discusses ways to try and increase your happiness.

The Financial Samurai Podcast: If I Could Retire All Over Again These Are The Things I’d Do Differently

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Episode notes: I can’t believe I’ve been writing about early retirement since 2009. The first three years of Financial Samurai was me mainly trying to figure out how to retire early. The subsequent years has been me touching upon various aspects of post-retirement life. Now that I’m deep into early retirement, I’d like to share what I’d do differently if I could rewind time and go back to when I first left work in 2012.

What Drug & Alcohol Addiction Taught Me About Risk & Reward

The following is a guest post by Deanna from MsFiology.com. Deanna is the first to kick off the Financial Samurai Underdog Tour where I highlight people who’ve overcome some sort of difficulty to lead a better life. If you’ve got an underdog story to tell, please sign up in the FS Forum and follow the

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How RealtyMogul Performs Due Diligence On Their Investments

I recently had lunch with Jilliene Helman, Co-Founder and CEO of RealtyMogul. I was impressed with her focus on creating a long-term, sustainable business versus pursuing every real estate deal for growth’s sake. I’m currently in platform due diligence mode as some of my real estate fund investments are starting to pay out. I expect

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The Financial Samurai Podcast: FS20, A New Property Leading Indicator That Gives Buyers Confidence

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Episode notes: Given the relative illiquidity of real estate, there is huge room to get your property transaction right or wrong. Therefore, I’ve come up with a new property leading indicator that if used properly, could save and make you a lot of money down the road. Let’s explore FS20 and discuss how you can apply it to your real estate search. View episode charts and comments here: https://www.financialsamurai.com/fs20-a-property-leading-indicator-that-gives-buyers-confidence/

FS20: A New Property Leading Indicator That Gives Buyers Confidence

Given the relative illiquidity of real estate, there is huge room to get your property transaction right or wrong. My hope is for all of you to get maximum value whether you’re buying or selling. There are many variables that determine the current and future value of a property. These include, but are not limited

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How To Take Advantage Of Rich People So You Can Get Rich Too

I’ll never forget what my contractor told me in the midst of my home remodel. “After I’m done building your bathroom, I’m heading over to Pacific Heights and charging 2X more for a similar-sized bathroom,” he said. “How is that possible when sheetrock, pipes, tiles, and fixtures all cost about the same?” I asked. “Easy.

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This Dividend Aristocrat’s Growth Is Right On Target

The retail industry is subject to rapid change, thanks to the growing market share for online retailers such as Amazon (AMZN). Some brick and mortar retailers are adapting to this change better than others. Retail stocks often trade at inexpensive valuations, as the market is selling off shares of retailers all the same. Target (TGT) […]

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How A Bond-Investing Homeowner May Get To Profit Thrice

Bonds don’t get as much love as stocks because they are considered boring. It’s hard to get rich quick off a bond. But it is possible to see a quick windfall if you pick the right high-flying stock. Despite the lack of sexiness in bonds, if you’re serious about achieving financial independence or are already

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The Best Life Hack For Americans: Taking Advantage Of Canada

I’m always looking for arbitrage opportunities to help readers make more money and live better lives. My favorite arbitrage opportunity for the next couple of decades is investing in non-coastal city real estate due to lower valuations and higher net rental yields. Technology is accelerating the flow of capital towards attractive real estate opportunities, and

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You Can’t Save Too Much In Your 401(k) For Retirement

One of the reasons why I started the Financial Samurai Forum was to extend the number of wonderful discussions we have on this site. Instead of letting me dictate what we talk about on any particular day, the community gets to decide what it wants, whenever it wants. The FSF is like reaching financial independence

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The Not So Obvious Reasons Why People Want To Achieve Financial Independence

The Financial Independence Retire Early (FIRE) movement is hot! With a bull market since 2009, many people in America and around the world have gotten wealthy by owning stocks, real estate, and other risk assets. As a result of our massive increase in wealth during a relatively short period, many people are warming up to

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How A Bad Real Estate Agent Can Kill Your Chances Of Getting The Best Selling Price

Although it seems absurd to pay a 5% commission to sell a property in the internet age, a great real estate agent with good connections may be worth it. Let’s say the best price you thought you could have gotten for your property was $1 million. But your real estate agent was able to work

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Home Warranty of America Review

Home Warranty of America prioritizes environmentally friendly solutions and provide coverage for every home, individual, and state. While Home Warranty of America is headquartered in Illinois, the company provides coverage for all fifty states in the US. They have more than 20 years of experience with delivering affordable coverage solutions to homeowners with great energy… Continue Reading–>

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Things To Consider Before Selling Your Business (Baby)

One of my luckiest investment decisions was not selling anything during the 2008-2009 financial crisis. I just held on for dear life, continued to max out my 401(k) and squirreled away anything left into an online savings account or CD. In 2012, I got lucky again by receiving zero offers for my SF primary residence.

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AmericanHomeWarranty.org Review

AmericanHomeWarranty.org aggregates home warranty companies and quotes into one dashboard based on a customer’s needs. With AmericanHomeWarranty.org you can select your location and your coverage preferences, and the site will return the best options for you. It allows you to compare prices and coverage at your leisure before contacting a sales representative. Let’s take a… Continue Reading–>

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Liberty Home Guard Home Warranty Review

Liberty Home Guard aims to provide its customers with a smart and convenient way to protect their homes. The home warranty company takes its customers seriously, doing everything it can to resolve their problems. Liberty Home Guard empowers its clientele by giving them the ability to make decisions regarding their home warranty. For example, Liberty… Continue Reading–>

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How Student Loans Work | Understanding the Basics

College is far from cheap these days, and that’s true even when you go to an in-state school. The College Board says that, on a national level, students paid an average of $10,230 for tuition and fees for four-year, in-state schools, and that doesn’t even include room and board. If you include housing and meals… Continue Reading–>

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Total Home Protection Warranty Review

Total Home Protection has only been around since 2016, but their reputation for great coverage and prices has grown quickly. They are committed to excellent service and comprehensive warranties. They contract with pre-screened technicians to provide their customers with trusted professionals in any situation. Total Home Protection prides themselves on customer service, and even in… Continue Reading–>

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HSA Home Warranty Review | High-Quality Home Protection

HSA was established in 1984 and since that time has been a force in the home warranty industry. From first-class service to excellent home warranty choices, HSA is a company customers associate with quality. Since its inception, HSA has strived to make itself synonymous with the best service in the home warranty industry including hiring… Continue Reading–>

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Do You Know Where Your Money Goes?

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Do you really know where your money goes each month? If you’re tracking your spending, you do. If you can’t say for sure, don’t automatically assume that your money just goes to “bills”. Chances are a surprising amount of it doesn’t. And that’s why you should care When you don’t know where your money is going, chances are you’re missing

The Financial Samurai Podcast: Move Over FIRE, Welcome DIRE

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Episode notes: This episode appeared in 4Q18 and is something to consider the next time we go through a downturn. Today, we are at peak FIRE. Unfortunately, when you’re at the peak, there’s usually nowhere to go but down. My crystal ball is saying the FIRE movement is in for a rude awakening. Read more and view charts here: https://www.financialsamurai.com/dire-movement-delay-inherit-retire-expire/

Make the Important Urgent

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We’ve all got things we want to accomplish — and some of those things are more important than others. Unfortunately, we tend to do the things that are most urgent first, even though they may not be very important to us. And that’s a shame, because what happens if you’re busy checking your email because you’ve got to respond to

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