Michael

MichaelBlogger
Denver, CO

Grew up in the 70's, worked in finance for 15 years, dabbled in economic theory in school a little too much.

Here to share my insights on economics and finance!

Blog Posts by Michael:

Asset Allocation Categories - What You Can Bet On

This post explains the investment categories that are commonly found in funds and prospectuses. These asset classes come with complex risk/benefit calculations and can be used to tailor a portfolio to the nth degree.

Financial Literacy, Net Worth

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8 Ways to Win at Budgeting - Like A Boss

Ever wonder where all the money goes, live paycheck to paycheck or find yourself running low on cash? Here are some ideas for getting your finances where you want them.

Personal Finance, Budgeting

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Rural vs Urban Living - Budgets and Net Worth

Thinking of moving someplace far away? Here are the differences between rural and urban living in terms of budget, housing, net worth and lifestyle.

Personal Finance, Budgeting

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The Best Timing for a Remodel May Be Opposite What You Think

Let’s test the theory that waiting for a recession is the best time to pay for that $60k kitchen remodel. Sure the price will be cheaper but what about losing out on gains that come ...

Family and Finances, Homes and Real Estate

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Does Putting Money Down on a House Make Sense?

It seems like good financial sense to put at least 20% down when you buy a house… right? That is what many banks require to get a loan. But is that a good thing for ...

Homes and Real Estate

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What a Legal Expert Has to Say About Popular Scams and Con Games

When it comes to money, if it seems unusual or too good to be true, it means you are being targeted by a scammer. This post explains a few scams relying on financial ignorance that ...

Risk Reduction

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What Is Special About Net Worth and Why Winners Track Theirs

Net worth isn’t just for rich people to “keep score” in an endless game of getting more. It is a key indicator of everyone’s financial health. Income, job title, and especially what car a person ...

Financial Literacy, Net Worth

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What Is Asset Allocation?

Knowing your asset allocation is essential to being a successful investor. It tells what percentage of your overall portfolio is in stocks, bonds, and other investment vehicles like real estate, precious metals, etc.

Financial Literacy

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Everything You Need To Know To Retire At 30 - FIRE

Retiring at age 65 sounds nice—but doesn’t retirement at age 30 sound even better? That’s the idea behind FIRE, which stands for Financial Independence Retire Early. The concepts that go into it will help you ...

Personal Finance

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Net Worth Defined With Precision

Net worth, the yard stick for comparing financial success is a loosely defined term (irritatingly so to our brains). See our diagram for the break down of "total" vs "investable" net worth. After you read ...

Financial Literacy, Net Worth

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Five Ways to Protect Yourself from Identity Theft

Identity thieves are out to steal your personal information so they can borrow in your name, access your benefits, or drain your accounts before you notice. There are a few simple steps you can take ...

Risk Reduction

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The Idea of Utility and Why It Matters for Budgeting

Utility is the overall usefulness you get from something. Everyone instinctively makes decisions based on utility all the time, but do you consider it when you make a big purchase or setup a budget?

Financial Literacy, Budgeting

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Twelve Reasons I Sleep Well at Night While Investing

When I was in my early 20’s I was adverse to the idea of putting money into retirement accounts. I knew on a basic level that my money was “safe” at my credit union and ...

Personal Finance

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Is It Better to Be Hourly or Salary?

In terms of raw take home pay, hourly can be much better compared to a salaried job with long hours. Salaried people should know their equivalent hourly wage especially when working more than 40 hours ...

Personal Finance

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Understanding Net Worth

Net worth is a way of measuring your progress towards financial goals. It is calculated by adding up the net market value of your assets and subtracting all your debts. If you want to build ...

Financial Literacy, Net Worth

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TD Ameritrade Commission Free ETF Shake Up

TD Ameritrade has decided to change out its entire commission free ETF lineup. They are dropping almost all the Vanguard and iShares ETFs. The list used to have 100 commission free ETFs and now it ...

Personal Finance

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Overdraft Protection - What Banks and Thieves Love

If a thief gets into your checking account, they can drain your checking account plus your savings account if overdraft is turned on. Overdraft may not be worth the risk if you have even a ...

Risk Reduction

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Don't Plan Your Retirement Saving, Automate It

The best day in my financial life was the day I started automating my retirement contributions. I recall a lot of stress in past years centered around market conditions, getting the ‘best deal’, and second ...

Personal Finance, Family and Finances

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Inflation - Why Prices Usually Go Up

Have you ever noticed that prices are slowly rising all the time? That effect is called inflation. We’ll discuss where it comes from and how to make it work in your favor, or at least ...

Financial Literacy

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