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During the better part of the 1800s, the United States operated under a bimetallic system of money, with a true Gold Standard coming to fruition in 1900 under the passage of the Gold Standard Act. This means that for a large part of our nation’s history, our wealth was tied to the value of gold. This week we discuss the history of money, how we converted to paper currency, and whether or not it’s a wise decision to invest in gold today. Read more.
Investing is arguably one of the most important elements of our financial future, yet most people choose not to invest due to a fear of failure. In this week’s episode, we discuss the emotional aspect of investing, how to grow when others are fearful, and the various types of bonds. Read more.
What if there was a way to invest in real estate without the hassle of having to manage the property yourself? As part of our ongoing discussion about alternative paths of investing, this week we discuss Real Estate Investment Trusts (REIT). Read more.
We discuss if it’s possible to make real estate a beneficial component of your all-weather financial portfolio. We talk about a couple of books we’ve been reading, how Warren Buffett bought a farm and if Phil should bring back the snap brim hat. Read more.
The current paradigm of investing suggests that it’s impossible to get a high rate of return with low risk. In this episode, we discuss whether it’s possible to yield high rates of return when you invest in real estate and what “a good rate of return” actually is. Read more.
Are there alternative ways to protect yourself and your money against the threat of inflation? We discuss the alternative paths of investing if you’re terrified of the stock market and whether or not annuities can be a beneficial addition to your financial portfolio. Read more.
Albert Einstein is famously quoted as saying, “Compound interest is the eighth wonder of the world. He who understands it earns it. He who doesn’t pays it.” In this episode, we discuss the power of compounding interest rates and what the looming threat of inflation means for you and your retirement. Read more.
By 2030, nearly all baby boomers will have passed retirement age, but how many of them are actually prepared to retire comfortably? We discuss the most common ways people save their money for retirement, how different generations have different views of saving, and how much you’ll need to save to retire in the future. Read more.
After Episode 26 we had promised to talk about dividends in more detail. We discuss what dividends are, how they’re paid out to owners, some Econ-101, can a company be recession proof, and if you should hold off on buying stocks right now. Read more.
We were supposed to talk about dividends this week, but decided to talk about the concept of dharma and finding purpose in the things that we enjoy doing. We also discuss the difference between making a promise to yourself and setting goals. Investing starts with making a promise to yourself to do it. Read more.