Stock Market Thoughts (August 19, 2015)

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As I’m writing this, oil and energy stocks are being taken to the woodshed… again. It’s been another BRUTAL day, and who would have thought a few months ago than an investor could pick up shares of a high quality company such as ConocoPhillips (COP) for sub $48/share and a dividend yield of 6.2%?

What can I say? It’s getting ugly out there! Over the last 6-7 years, investors have been heavily spoiled by this bull run, witnessing stocks only moving in

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Sitting on the Sidelines (The Art of Patience)

I’ve been slowly exiting out of the markets since May when I sold out of most of my individual stock holdings. Sudden stops and turns always seem abrupt, so I am not surprised in the least bit that my shifting strategy approach has caught the ire of a few other investors.

It’s never been my intent to mislead anyone, but since these blog updates are occurring in real-time, I don’t have the benefit of any

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Converting Net Worth into Cash Flow

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When it comes to early financial independence, we all realize that cash flow is the name of the game. However, the path from ZERO to HERO does not have to only traject along a linear path; after all, there are multiple ways to skin a cat.

Cash flow is absolutely essential, yes, but not

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Market Cycles: How to Build Wealth Quickly

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Over the years, I’ve learned that I am not a stock market investor. I’m also not a real estate investor. Although I do like dividend growth stocks, index funds, and rental properties, I do not have an unrelenting affinity for any of those investments. The same applies to

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Deflation: Who Would Have Thought?

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The more I invest, the more I realize that I do not know much about ANYTHING. For the longest time, my mind was fixated on the thought of early FI, so I did what many on the journey are taught to do…

I kept on investing… rain or shine.

They say you can’t time the market, but it also doesn’t take a

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Stock Trades Update and Market Thoughts (July 07, 2015)

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There’s an old saying — “Sell in May and go away…” As a Buy and Hold investor, I’m not one to really follow that type of advice, but I ended up going down that route (essentially) this year…

It was never by design, but as I alluded to in previous posts, my rationale for selling out of most of my stock positions was to build up a more robust

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Overheated Markets (I’m Confused)

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Regardless of whether you invest in real estate or the stock market, I think we can all agree that this much is clear — This bull run has persisted for some time now (6+ years), and the overall markets are overheated. And although that much is certain, I’m finding the thought processes and strategies used between real estate investors and

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