I recently wrote about taking articles from this blog and collating them into a series of books. Ostensibly, the books above are short works of non-fiction. With the exception of Luck, however, ...

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Most of us want to feel financially secure. How we feel about our financial situation is highly personal. Quite often I speak with people who are worth millions of dollars ...

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I’m sharing a lot about my own situation for illustrative purposes. Read this article and think about how the key messages relate to your own circumstances.   Lately, I’ve been ...

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The idea that there is one specific way to invest, or to manage your financial affairs, is kind of weird. This might seem like I’m contradicting myself, since when I ...

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My favourite articles are those that stay with me, many years after reading. One of these articles, from 2015, is Frank Bruni writing about “The Myth of Quality Time” in ...

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Your balance sheet provides a simplified view of assets you own which you can sell relatively easily, and which you can put a relatively stable value on. It omits some ...

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Lately, I’ve been joking that I often feel more like a biographer than a financial planner. I now wonder whether that’s really a joke, or actually the truth. The reason ...

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In the world of finance, people love to talk about the hedonic treadmill. Reach a certain milestone – a level of income or wealth, a purchase you’ve had your heart ...

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(TLDR: For being “smart”, I can be really dumb sometimes. This article constitutes a major insight for me, but for many people the response will be: “DUH!”) Lots of things ...

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This is my car: It’s a 2005 Subaru Legacy. If I sold it today, I’d be lucky to get $6,000. (It’s the 3-litre version with leather etc.) This is my ...

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In honour of the Day of the Dead (2 November) – a moving excerpt about death: “In [the Mexican] tradition… people die three deaths. The first is when our bodies ...

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Is there something about the traditional view of goal setting that rings hollow to you? It does for me. Maybe goals and five-year plans work great for you. You do ...

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It’s easy to think you need to strive to thrive. Heck, it’s a philosophy I’ve promoted at times. The urge to strive is something I have to tame – or, ...

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A common philosophy is that you should buy experiences, not things. Among other reasons, experiences can be shared with others and become a part of your identity and the story ...

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I'm not naturally frugal.I love spending money and buying stuff.I’ve never gone overboard with spending. Initially, that was because it wasn’t really an option.However, as time has gone on, I’ve ...

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