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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 […]

The Power of Ownership


One of the secrets to building wealth is ownership. It isn’t that when you’re wealthy, you buy and own stuff. Buying and owning things is the path to wealth. There are several reasons for this: 1. When you’re the owner, your income possibilities are essentially limitless. 2. When you rent, you pay extra. 3. When […]

Your IRA or 401k and Taxes


The traditional IRA and 401k plan can make things complicated when it comes to taxes. Deciding between a traditional and a Roth IRA or 401k, or whether to convert between a traditional to a Roth IRA, can also be tricky. It is really worth it to run some numbers and different scenarios because what may […]

Hairy Legs and Increasing your Income


I read with interest a piece by Natalie Schriefer entitled “I didn’t shave my legs for a month. I learned a surprising (and sad) lesson.” It is interesting since it demonstrates a misconception that many people have when it comes to working and earning an income: That jobs are all about the employees and that […]

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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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