Financial, Investing

Building a Portfolio With a Few Coins*

Through all the turbulence of repaying debts, having the house need major repairs, and being a single parent, I was still able to siphon off small amounts of money for investments. This is, obviously, another sign of the privilege in my life -- privilege associated with underlying financial stability, financial support from my family, and… Continue reading Building a Portfolio With a Few Coins*

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Debt, Financial, Investing

I Was An Incrementalist When Incremental Wasn’t Cool

In November, 2006, there was a discussion on The Motley Fool about when to borrow money.   Another poster was surprised that his neighbor, a banker, had this rule:  Never borrow money for a depreciating asset.   I thought it was great advice, and not at all surprised that it had come from a banker.  Bankers see the… Continue reading I Was An Incrementalist When Incremental Wasn’t Cool

Financial, Investing

What I Did To (WID2)… Learn to Invest — More Family Knowledge

On September 6, 2007, there was a drop in the stock market.  (It was also my moms' birthday.)  Someone on The Motley Fool posted and was concerned about it.  I hadn't even noticed that it was a down day. But it reminded me of what is now known as Black Monday back in 1987 (ye… Continue reading What I Did To (WID2)… Learn to Invest — More Family Knowledge

Financial, House

What I Did To (WID2) … Repair the House After The Flood, March, 2007

For those who don't recall, I had many gallons of rainwater flow through my basement in the flood of 2006.  The back yard turned into a shallow lake, and the swale on the side of the house was a running stream above my ankles. All this on tiny 0.13 acre lot, no less! In March,… Continue reading What I Did To (WID2) … Repair the House After The Flood, March, 2007