How To Spend $300

I know the best way to spend $300. Withdrawing 4% of your invested money per year is very likely safe enough that your money will never be depleted. Four percent of $300 is $12. There are twelve months in the year. For $300, you can buy yourself $1 every month forever. First Building Block The …

Life and Death

Do you know what you're buying when you take out a term life insurance policy?  You may have a sense that you've gained some protection against catastrophe.  But what specific benefit did you buy and was it worth the cost?  I'm going to show you that you're buying this shape, what it is, and why …

Investing: Fees

A post about a high cost index fund appeared in my twitter feed, and I gasped: Fees Do you know the effect of fees on your money?  It's an important variable in your plan, and one that you control! Felix and Freya Felix and Freya are twins.  Since I just made them up, I'll make …

You Need A Budget

Before you can make an effective plan, you need to gather some information.  I'd argue the two most important bits are: How much money is coming in? How much money is going out? Which means, with all due respect to Jesse Mecham: You need a budget. Fortunately: Budgeting is really simple. However: Budgeting is not …