Category Archives: Investing

Bitcoin: Just Say No

Since I started studying investments, I can recall that there has always been a hot investment that was sure to make anyone who invests in it rich with little effort.  In the 1990’s, it was the dot.com stocks being traded on new online trading platforms.  In the mid-2000’s, it was flipping real estate.  Currently, it is hard to find a financial media outlet that is not talking about Bitcoin.  I don’t know if Bitcoin is a bubble […]

The Benefits of a Balanced Portfolio

Balance is important in almost every area of life.  We should eat a balanced diet including food from every food group to ensure our bodies get proper nutrition.  We should balance the type of exercise we perform including strength training, cardio, and stretching.  Having a good work-life balance leads to improved productivity and happiness.  There should also be a balance in how we invest. To add balance as an investor means to invest in different asset […]

Crowdfunding 101

INTRODUCTION As the saying goes, necessity is the mother of invention. The economy of the world is expanding even though it has passed through some turbulent waters since the start of the new century. Business must make progress and innovative business minds will discover how to survive and grow even during times when credit is tight. There are many projects and opportunities out there.  Many are begging for the needed funds to enable them to […]

How we reached a $1,000,000 Net Worth

What does it take to reach a $1,000,000 net worth?  In our case, it took a long time, hard work, saving a large percentage of our income, and putting our money to work for us by investing wisely.  Rob from Mustard Seed Money has a great post on how much you have to save each month to reach a $1,000,000 net worth. I initially was going to title this post “reaching a $1,000,000 net worth […]

Keep Your Hands Off My 401K

This morning, I sent an email to my Congressman.  The Financial Journeyman is not a political blog.  This blog is not right or left-leaning.  In general, I do not oppose or support any political party.  The only time that I will write about politics is when it is related to personal finance. Over the past few weeks, there have been many news reports about Congress wanting to reduce the amount that an employee can contribute […]

How to Invest A Million Dollars

While a million dollars might not have the purchasing power that it once had, it is still a large sum of money.  If you watch professional sports on ESPN, follow entertainment gossip on TMZ, or read Forbes, you are sure to come across stories about the huge salaries that some high-profile people earn.  NFL quarterbacks earn over $25M per year.  Hollywood actors earn over $22M per movie.  The CEO’s of the Fortune 500 earn 600 times more than […]

Schwab 1000 Index Fund (SNXFX)

I recently received a letter from the third-party company that manages one of our 403B Plans.  It was the standard quarterly letter that provides updates on account performance, fees, and if there were any changes to the list of mutual funds available to select from.  Since we generally invest in index funds, I normally just do a quick review of the updates and move on. There was a change mentioned in this letter that grabbed my attention.  A […]

How the Mob Influenced My Asset Allocation

“Behind every great fortune there is a crime”.  – Honore de Balzac I have recently been doing a good amount of research on Peer-to-Peer Lending (P2P) and have written about it in a recent blog post.  Yes, Peer-to-Peer Lending (P2P) is legal in most states, but is it ethical?   While I was researching more about Peer-to-Peer Lending (P2P), I felt a strange nostalgia.  This type of investing caused me to reflect on the town I grew up […]

Early Retirement Portfolio & Plan

Thank you for reading part-4 in my series on asset allocation.  In my last post, I wrote about our current balanced-growth asset allocation.  That is the asset allocation that we plan on maintaining until we retire in 2028. In this post, I will be considering the future.  This post is about how I foresee our assets being allocated at the time of retirement.  I use the word foresee because it is what I am anticipating.  As I stated in my […]

Balanced-Growth Portfolio

Welcome to Part-3 of my series on asset allocation.  In my last post, I wrote about Adding Bonds To Reduce Volatility in the portfolio that my wife and I held for the past ten years.  In this post, I am going to write about our new asset allocation.  This is the allocation that we will hold until we reach early retirement (FIRE). As a Financial Independence (FI) blogger, I have always been a portfolio nerd.  The Lazy Portfolios made […]