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Investing Based on Principles: Tuning Out the Financial Porn

Investing Princples
Getting financial info from a newspaper. How quaint.

With the advent of the Internet, stock investing was suddenly democratized. In a very few short years, it became possible for “regular folk” to invest directly in the stock market. Individual investors were no longer obliged to trade through a stock broker. Mutual funds didn’t need to be bought through a bank. Fees and returns could be compared easily. Information about companies financial situations was available for anyone who took the time to visit a company’s website and spend the time reading the vast quantities of information posted there. All of this is great; more information is always better, right?

Well, no. Especially when you’re getting started. Too much information quickly becomes confusing, and very shortly thereafter, overwhelming.

Like anything else, too much information is a bad thing. (Caveat: This is true unless you’re a professional investor, or investing is your chosen hobby.)

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Inertia Can Be A Terrible Thing

An object at rest will remain at rest unless acted on by an unbalanced force. Damned if Newton wasn't right.
Damned if Newton wasn’t right.

Those of you who read this blog regularly will know that I’ve been less than diligent with my posts recently. Baring your soul on the Internet to people you’ve never actually met seems to be the “done” thing these days, so I’ve decided to pull back the curtain and share where I am these days, in terms of my financial worries. Being able to be open about these things (and a possible upcoming career change) is one of the benefits of blogging anonymously, so here we go:

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A New Way to Look at Retirement Planning: The Wisdom of Amanda Lang

Retirement Planning
Once you leave the station for the last time, you’d better have enough gas to last to your final destination.

Retirement planning is a topic that financial types go on about endlessly. There are good reasons for this, but that doesn’t make the message any more interesting.

Sometimes, to develop a new level of appreciation for a topic, one must frame the topic in a new way.  Here goes:

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