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May 2012

Financial Independence: My First Encounter

Financial independence is a dream of mine, but to discover how it came to be involves retracing back to the early days of my youth. During this period of time, financial independence didn’t yet exist for me, but pure, unrestricted play time was something I truly embraced. In fact, my first recollections of desiring to be free take me all the way back to the beginning of grade school. I used to dread the end of Summer, as this signaled [continue reading…]



With interest rates now as low as 3.875%, for a 30 year fixed home loan, I recently decided to entertain the idea of investing in real estate. The main appeal in dividend investing, as it pertains to early financial independence, is to create a passive income stream that generates enough cash flow to exceed monthly expenditures. When investing in stocks, one of the first rules [continue reading…]


Why I’m Ignoring the Facebook Hype

“Time to go to the bank and transfer funds- this Facebook thing is gonna be huge!”These were the words spoken to me by a friend who will be joining the legion of fanatics jumping on board when Facebook IPO’s this week. Call me skeptical, but I just [continue reading…]


The importance of staying out of debt was discussed in Part 2 – Core Fundamentals: Treat Debt like the Plauge (Part 2). Once this barrier has been overcome, the next step in establishing our ‘Path to Early Financial Independence’ plan is to analyze our monthly savings rate. In order to adequately build a growing portfolio, sufficient funds [continue reading…]


Though I am still cautious about the stock market in general, I decided to use last week as an opportunity to initiate positions in two companies – BP p.l.c. (BP) and Emerson Electric (EMR). Both stocks were on my recent [continue reading…]