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Why I Like the Three Fund Portfolio


One perception is that investing is complicated. Financial advisors usually don’t do anything to challenge this perception because it means people will come to them to manage their portfolios. But the truth is that you can do pretty well managing your own portfolio without a whole lot of knowledge about stocks, bonds, and other assets.…

Hold your Privilege Talk. Just Say, “Thank You.”


A major reason for building wealth is to provide security, not only for yourself, but also your children, their children, and on down the line (if that is possible). Parents who grow up in poverty want a better life for their children than they had. Some even make great sacrifices so that their children will…

In the End, Economics Wins Out


A few years ago there were rallying calls of “Fight for fifteen!” The idea was that the minimum wage should be raised to $15 per hour so that anyone working any job could make enough to afford the basic necessities of shelter, food, clothing, etc… for a typical family. Advocates said that corporations could just…

Can McDonald’s Pay $15 per Hour?


There were several strikes this week at fast food restaurants.  McDonald’s was held up as an example of a corporation that could be paying its workers a lot more ($15 per hour versus $7.25 to start now).  The arguments were that workers today aren’t teenagers.  Instead they are single moms with two kids to feed.…

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Hi, I’m Joe, a.k.a. SmallIvy. I’m a rocket scientist by day, but have been trading and investing for over three decades, starting when I was twelve. Through investing and money management, my wife and I were able to pay off our home and become financially independent by our early forties. This was with only one of us working most of that time and with less than a five-figure income, so it can be done. I’ve got two books published, one on investing to grow wealth and the other on money management with some investing mixed in. Check out the blog and feel free to ask questions in the comments.

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