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What I Did To… Get Back to Writing

I haven't been writing here much. (You probably hadn't noticed.) I got bogged down trying to tell investing stories and it has taken me all this time to figure out why: I never really learned how to invest. (You'd think that would have been obvious. I'm kinda slow.) Writing about investing is hard. My brain… Continue reading What I Did To… Get Back to Writing

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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*

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, Investing

What I Did To (WID2) … Learn to Invest (Even more Wrigley)

After I looked at what the analysts were saying about Wrigley, I looked at sugar prices.  Sugar prices were definitely up in most places (down in Vietnam, though).  In the US, that was because high crude oil prices made people expect that people would want sugar for their cars (via ethanol).   I looked at commentary… Continue reading What I Did To (WID2) … Learn to Invest (Even more Wrigley)

Financial, Investing

What I Did To (WID2) … Learn to Invest (More Wrigley)

Here’s some more of my investigations in Wrigley, generally from July 2006 -- after I had actually started buying stock.  This is a newbie mistake – I should have done this kind of research before I bought it. Instead, I had bought it solely based on the fact that other people were talking about it and… Continue reading What I Did To (WID2) … Learn to Invest (More Wrigley)