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Saturday, December 14, 2019

5 Reasons Why Buying Materialistic Things Will Never Make You Happy

Do material things make us happy? This is a topic that is controversial to many people. Studies show that most people believe if they could get a new house, a new car, or some other possession, they would be happier. The media today portrays people with a huge mansion, expensive exotic cars, and the hundred-foot yacht to have a fulfilling, happy life. However, the truth is that the pursuit and purchase of physical possession will never fully satisfy our desire for happiness. It can indeed bring us joy, but that is just temporary. Happiness found in buying a new item rarely lasts longer than a few days. Researchers even have a phrase for this temporary fulfillment, which is called retail therapy

I personally experience this myself as I was quite materialistic in my early 20s. I see an expensive brand to be a symbol of success and happiness. I will also feel the need to own certain possessions so that I can show it off to my friends and others. I did this so that I can feel secure and accepted by my friends and others. But after going through with personal experience in trying to compete, who has the coolest stuff made me realize that material possession doesn’t make you happy. In this article, I would like to discuss why buying stuff will never make you happy and what you should do with the money you have.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

7 Genius Tips to Save Money on Clothes and Still Look Fashionable

Our society has made us unconsciously distinguish people who dress well to be more attractive than those who aren't. People who dress appropriate and fashionable are perceived more positively than those who wear in unattractive clothing. By being well dressed, you instantly become more attractive and presentable. This is especially true when it comes down to women. When men see women who dress fashionably, they tend to have a different perception of her. Dressing well helps you make a considerably better first impression. This means you're more likely to make a good first impression of yourself when you approach people. You are likely to be seen positively when you have a job interview, meet someone important, or going to events such as night outs or weddings.

I personally like going shopping for clothes since I like wearing clothes that look nice on me. Moreover, my closet is filled with so many of my clothes collection to the point where I don't even have enough space for new ones. Trust me; I love good looking clothes a lot. I feel more presentable and confident when I wear clothes that look nice and fit for me. It actually makes me feel good about myself. However, the problem arises when you are on a budget and pursuing the early financial freedom you dream of. How can you save and invest if you are spending a lot of your money shopping for clothes? Studies show that average adults spend $200 per month on clothes. That's about $2,400 a year when you multiply the monthly spending by 12 months. That's a lot of money spent on clothing, but looking more fashionable isn't always about wearing the trendiest and most expensive clothes. Moreover, you don't have to spend much to look fashionable and trendy. It's all about being smart with your money when you go shopping for your clothes. I'm going to cover this topic in this article on how you can save money on clothes in order to look fashionable. Also, I will include tips and hacks to look great in your outfits.

Dollar Cost Averaging Investment Strategy

Many investors who are new to stock investing tend to worry about when to enter the market. It’s normal for new investors to feel this way since they don’t want to risk losing their hard-earned money. When I was new to the stock market, I got afraid when the stock went down in value and ended me to make an irrational investment move by selling the stock when the price was actually a bargain. I was frustrated and upset after seeing the stock I sold goes up in value years later, knowing that I would make huge returns if I have kept the stock. New investors worry if the stocks are too expensive while simultaneously fretting about missing out on market gain. The stock market price value fluctuates every day, and no one knows when the market will enter into a bear market or if the stock market is going to continue to going up. Peter Lynch, who is a successful fund investor, mentioned, “I can’t recall ever once having seen the name of a market timer on Forbes‘ annual list of the richest people in the world. If it were truly possible to predict corrections, you’d think somebody would have made billions by doing it.” What he meant by this is that it’s almost impossible to time the market.

Moreover, if you purchase a stock based on your feeling that the market will go up, that will be considered as speculating and not investing. So what’s the solution for new investors who want to start investing in the stock market? There is a simple solution for beginners who want to limit their risk while investing in the stock market. What I want to introduce to you readers is an investment strategy called Dollar Cost Averaging. Dollar-cost averaging is a popular strategy for building investment positions over time. This investing strategy is simple and can be effective for new beginners who want to start investing in the stock market. In addition, I will also explain the pros and cons of this investing strategy.

Dave Ramsey's 7 Baby Steps Financial Guide of Getting Out of Debt and Becoming Wealthy

Many people out there are always trying to figure out how to get out of their debt and become wealthy. They tiredly work so hard in their job but felt like they are going nowhere financially. Dave Ramsey, who is a financial mentor that wrote a book which title is "The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness" had inspired many on how to get out of debt and become wealthy. Before he became a financial guru, he went through the same mistakes many people go through, which is to use debt. At the age of 26, Dave Ramsey was a millionaire who used leverage (debt) to finance his real estate investment strategy. He has a real estate portfolio asset of $4 million dollars, which $3 million dollars of the asset is financed with debt. However, he lost everything two years later. He had to downgrade his financial lifestyle and felt humiliated for his downfall. It was a very tough moment for his life, which eventually changes his perspective of how he wants to live later life. He eventually worked his way out of his financial problem and became wealthy again (has a net worth of $240 million as of 2019). Now he became a multi-millionaire personal money management expert that mentors many people the problem of using debt as a tool through his talk show host and TV personality. Moreover, he has helped many people to get out debt through budgeting and invests gradually to build wealth.

I read his book and often listen to his radio talk shows on YouTube. I had learned a lot about how many Americans are stuck in debt and have difficulty getting out of the rat race. His book preaches about the simple 7 Baby Steps technique that many can easily follow to get out of debt and build wealth. Following his technique to get out of debt and acquire wealth is not a get quick rich scheme, but discipline steps that people need to follow. People who are wealthy didn't become a millionaire overnight, but through discipline spending habits, budgeting, and of course, frequent investing. I felt his teachings in his books and radio talk shows on YouTube are excellent for people who are sick and tired of being lost financially. Anyways, I know some readers here don't want to go through the hassle to read his book. Because of that, I want to point out the 7 Baby Steps that Dave Ramsey preaches that help many people get out of debt and build wealth.

Why Many New Businesses Fail and What to do About It

Many people dream of starting their own business ventures. These people dream of wanting to become their own boss and not have to work for others. Moreover, starting a business on the side may help a person build different sources of alternative income in order to generate more wealth and have a lifestyle that many dreams of. The vast majority of wealthy people started businesses and built them from nothing. In the last 20th century, businesses and fortunes have been built by people like Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Sam Walton, and Larry Ellison. These people started with almost nothing and became wealthy by building their businesses from scratch. Knowing the benefits of owning your own business inspires me to have something of my own, aside from just working at my dad's home appliance manufacturing company. I am currently working on my own side business ventures such as my finance blog that you are reading right now, and my other online venture such as my online e-commerce business called Cash Flow Hobby. Starting a business that turns out to be income-generating assets is awesome since it can give you the freedom to pursue other things in life. However, the problem arises when the business venture actually fails. According to the Small Business Association (SBA) states, 30% of new businesses fail during the first two years of being open, 50% during the first five years, and 66% during the first ten years. The SBA goes on to state that only 25% made it to 15 years or more. These high percentages of people who fail in starting their own business have lost not only their valuable time but the money they have invested in their business.

I personally have seen many businesses opening, and end up having them close in just a matter of time. I'm not here to discourage you readers from starting your own business, but to create a successfully running business is not simple. Even my business ventures such as my finance blog and my online e-commerce business that I'm currently working on the side is not generating me any income (not a single dime). This shows that starting a business is not as easy as it sounds. To create a successful business requires huge dedication and strategy. Even my dad, whose manufacturing business is now considered to be successful, has to undergo many challenges and difficulties to be where he is right now. In this article, I would like to share with you readers the reasons why many new businesses fail and what to do about it to prevent them from making fatal mistakes that can turn your business venture into a nightmare.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

How Much Money Do You Need to Retire Comfortably

Everyone has a dream to be able to stop working one day in their career life and retire comfortably. Retirement can be an endless summer that anyone can get to enjoy during their golden age. However, they know to retire comfortably require to save a substantial sum amount of money from sustaining their everyday living expenses without having to work again. Just by relying upon and living off from Social Security (which millions of people do it) in your older age won’t be very enjoyable. Some studies show that the average monthly payout that social security will provide these days is around $1,300 per month. Many of you readers and I know that this number is impossible for someone to retire comfortably, especially if you are living in developed countries such as the United States. I’m not an American citizen, so I won’t even get the benefit of having Social Security to aid me when I’m old. I have to find my solution to achieve this dream. However, that doesn’t stop me from wanting to fulfill my retirement dream. I dream of being able to retire comfortably without having to worry about money problems. Moreover, I want to enjoy my old age, being able to spend quality time with my loved ones and family members. I mean, don’t you readers dream of having the ability to not worry about money again and getting out of the nine to five lifestyle (rat race). But how much do you need to save up to achieve this lucrative goal? Furthermore, how do you know if you meet the desired amount? Different people have different expectations of how their retirement life is going to look like. I have my own expectations on the way I want to retire, and my standard can be quite high compared to others. But to achieve that dream, I am required to have a certain amount of money and an excellent strategy to achieve that goal. In this article, I will discuss how much money you need to retire and how to check if you are qualified to do so.

Altria: A Great Value Dividend Stock to Buy Now

Altria Group, Inc. (Ticker: MO) is a company that has been established for a long time. This company has been paying dividends to its shareholders for a long period of time and is considered to be Dividend Aristocrat Stock. Altria Group, Inc. is a well-known American company that produces and market tobacco, such as cigarettes and related products. The company headquarter is in Henrico County, Virginia, close to the city of Richmond and was founded by Philip Morris in 1847. The company sells the Marlboro brand cigarettes in the United States. They also sell non-smokeable products such as Skoal, Copenhagen, and the Ste. Michelle brand of wine. Moreover, they also have 10% ownership in global beer giant Anheuser Busch InBev. 

The stock has been going down in price due to the pessimism of the market. Most of the current worries are due to the declining volume of cigarette sales. The outcome has inevitably caused the stock value at the current price. Investors should ignore the noise surrounding their holdings and, instead, focus on the fundamentals of the company. I had been purchasing this stock since the beginning of 2018 and had been adding more additional purchases that make Altria (Ticker: MO) my 4th largest position in my portfolio. By adding more shares to my portfolio, my cost basis of Altria is currently at $52 per share. This also means that I am currently losing on this particular stock pick; however, the generous dividend multiple, steady earnings, dividend growth, and historically low valuation make it impossible for me to ignore this opportunity to add more shares into my portfolioI believe Altria is a great dividend growth stock to purchase now despite many warning signs. Altria's current low valuation is too attractive to be ignored. This pessimism is the perfect time for value investors to initiate the purchase of this stock at the current price.

8 Reasons to Drive a Beater Car

First of all, before I start writing this article, let me explain what a beater car is. A Beater Car is a car that is generally more than ten years old and one that is typically cheap to be purchase. Many people believe that driving a used old car such as a beater car is embarrassing and shows a symbol that you are not successful in life. Used cars are usually not as comfortable as brand new cars that are out in the market. A person tends to want to drive a vehicle that is new and have up to date equipment system that comes along with it. I personally like new cars that out there available in the market. However, owning a new car can cost you to slow down your journey to financial freedom and early retirement since vehicles are assets that depreciate over time. 

I am driving a beater car at the moment. The brand and model of the vehicle is Mitsubishi Pajero 2009, and it was first purchased by my dad for my brother to use in the year 2009 when my brother returned from the United States. When I came back from my education in the United States in the year 2013, my brother gave me the car and decided to purchase a new car himself. The car which he gave me to use is currently ten years old and is considered to be a beater car. The mileage on my car is approximately 85,120 mileages (137,000 kilometers), which shows that the vehicle has been driven a lot. However, I'm still driving it to this day and planning to stick with it for another 5 to 10 years. I have seen many of my friends have newer and nicer cars than mine, but I'm still content with the car my brother gave me. Despite the vehicle for being old, I feel this beater car is the right car for me to use while walking the journey to my financial goal. It is interesting to note that the reasons for and benefits of driving a beater car.

Friday, October 4, 2019

11 Basic Financial Metrics to Value a Stock

Value investors often try to find a stock in the market that is trading in a undervalue territory. Investors usually use financial metrics to evaluate a stock whether the market overreacts to good or bad news. We can see a stock price movement that doesn’t correspond with the stock company financial fundamental. There are many successful and well known value investors out there such as Warren E. Buffett, Peter Lynch, and many others that use this strategy to analyze a stock. Looking at financial metrics gives the ability for a value investor to see whether the stock is overpriced or oversold. Also, they can use these metrics to see whether the stock is trading at a fair value or not. It is fine to buy great companies that have long term business potential at a fair price as mentioned by Warren E. Buffett himself. He also mentioned that it’s better to purchase a great company at fair price rather than a low quality company at an undervalue price. It’s great when you have this financial knowledge to evaluate whether a company is a potential buy or something that you want to avoid investing. Having the knowledge of utilizing financial metrics when investing give investors a more understanding of what’s going on with the company. People that have been following my blog know that I am a dividend growth investor who adopts value investing techniques. I’ve been using this technique since I initiated this blog to find great dividend growth stocks. It has a long term potential of increasing the companies’ dividend payout as well as capital appreciation to the stock price. I’m here now to share my experience on 11 basic financial metrics I use to find great dividend paying stocks.

Saturday, September 21, 2019

What is Value Investing: The Beginner’s Guide

Investing in stocks is considered to be one of the most powerful methods you can use to attain financial independence. However, it’s also a great way to lose your hard earned money if you don’t know what you are doing. In the stock market, many people have different strategy to invest. Some uses chart and technical analyst when picking a stock which can be considered to be speculating. Some prefers to invest in stocks as if they are investing in a business. This is where the term Value investing comes in.  It is like an art skills on picking a stock as an investment. Value investing is a strategy of which so appealing for beginners because it is designed to both reduce risk and unlock potential profits. It is an investing strategy that involves on how picking stocks listed in the stock market that appear to be trading less than or within their intrinsic value. The term was first inspired by Benjamin Graham who is the author of “The Intelligent Investor” and in some circles, he is known as the “Father of Value Investing”. Benjamin Graham was also a mentor to one of the most successful investor name Warren E. Buffett. With this method of investing, many investors had made fortune in their investing career. Some of the successful investors such as Peter Lynch, Joel Greenblatt, Ray Dalio, and many more had done very well using value investing method. These investors had used value investing principle when picking a stock to invest. Anyways, are you curious about this method of investing? If you want to invest in stock safely, I think value investing is the right investing method for you. In this content, I would share with you readers the investing method of Value Investing, and how you can apply this investing term to the way you invest in the stock market. Moreover, I would like to share why I use this method as my investing strategy to pick my dividend growth stocks to my portfolio holding.  

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

8 Traits of People Who Are Millionaires

Many people work hard in their career hoping they can someday become a millionaire. I think most people in the world would answer “yes” if they were asked whether they want to become a millionaire. There are studies that show that there are 10 million “millionaires” just in the United States alone. So how did millionaires become wealthy in the first place? Did they inherit the money from their wealthy parents or maybe win the lottery? You would be surprise when I answer this question. The truth is that 62% of billionaires in the United States are actually self-made, meaning that they got to where they are by themselves. I was curious about millionaires that became wealthy and went to do a deeper analysis by reading the book The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas Stanley. I read the book and learned that 80 to 86% of millionaires in the United States become one by creating their own wealth. I was surprised with these facts about millionaires. I always thought that people who are wealthy made it is because of financial support from their parents or got lucky in certain aspects of their life. So what made these millionaires or billionaires different from us? Why are they able to achieve this magnificent wealth by themselves? The truth is that the traits of millionaires do have can be adapted by anyone who chooses to adapt them. I am willing to share my knowledge and research about the traits of millionaires in this article.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

12 Steps to Purchase Your First Rental Property Investment

For generations, real estate investment has been used by many investors who seeks passive income stream. Not only it provides excellent passive income coming in your pocket but it can also increase your overall asset value and earn higher rental income futures ahead. Real estate has produced many people to become wealthy. No wonder, my brother and my dad had become a real estate investor themselves. They are able to benefit from the passive income as well as capital appreciation from the properties they own. It’s almost everyone’s dream to be able to own a rental property. I myself want to own rental properties since there are many benefits of owning them. I’m blessed that my dad let me collect the rental income from one of the property he owns. It allows me to receive passive income that I use to purchase more dividend growth stocks. My dad was also blessed since the property he let me manage actually increases in value which of course made him wealthier. Anyways, the question to becoming a real estate investor is how to actually become one. Buying an investment property is a big deal. It’s not like buying a few shares of stocks in the stock market that only require a small amount starting capital. Moreover, many people don’t have the starting capital to purchase one since it requires you to have a huge sum of money. The reason why I’m not a property investor yet (own by myself) is also because I don’t have the knowledge and the capital to invest in one. But this doesn’t stop me to learn more about it. Because of my curiosity and ambition of owning one myself, I decided to study this topic on the internet. After hours of research on how to purchase your first rental property, I would like to share the knowledge and tips in this article.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

The Meaning and Benefit of Having Economic Moat

The term Economic Moat is a term that is used by many value investors in the investing world. The bigger the moat means the safer for the investors to invest their money in the company. It was a term that is popularized by a successful investor Warren Buffett. Economic Moat refers when a company or business that has the ability to maintain its competitive advantages over its competitors in order to protect market share and its future earnings. It’s like a castle in the olden time that have a moat around it, the moat functions is to protect those inside the fortress and their enemies from coming in. Having a stronger moat such as having water surrounding the castle makes it difficult for enemies to attack. This is similar in the investing world. It’s great to buy stocks which companies have a strong economic moat. These companies are able to sustain their business and to stay one step ahead of their competitors. One of Warren Buffett’s secret of success in his investing career is to invest in companies that have strong economic moat. Warren investing in companies with great economic moat allowed him to hold companies for a long period of time. He likes to invest in companies that have a long business prospect so that he’s able to keep holding them in his portfolio without the need to sell the companies often. In this article, I will discuss further about economic moat and why it’s important in the investing world. I will then also explain about how to spot whether a company has an economic moat and why I prefer investing in companies with moats around in my dividend growth portfolio.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

How to Know Whether a Stock is a Value Trap & How to Avoid Them

Value Investing is an investing strategy and method that was taught and inspired by Benjamin Graham. Benjamin Graham is the author of “The Intelligent Investor” and considered as the father of value investing. The basic concept of value investing is pretty straight forward and pretty simple to be comprehended. The stock market is a place where many listed companies are available to be purchased or sold. Companies’ stock prices changes every day and it’s very liquid meaning that you are able to sell or buy the stock at any given time (during opening market). The strategy of value investing is to invest in stocks where the companies’ fundamental are trading in the stock market less than their intrinsic value. It’s similar like buying a Television set on sale, and knowing the price of the TV is supposedly worth more than its usual price. You’ll probably wait before purchasing because you know that there will always be times when the item is on sales. When the time comes, you’ll buy that certain merchandise at a discount getting a great value for your money. Many great value investors have made fortune in investing using this technique. Warren Buffett, Peter Lynch, David Dodd, Charlie Munger, Joel Greenblatt, David Einhorn and many more are some examples of successful value investors. 

I myself have been using this strategy in investing in the stock market and made pretty good return since I initiated this blog. Looking at companies’ financial metrics gives me the advantage of purchasing a stock that is on discount. However, there is a challenge when investing using this value investment strategy. It’s not as simple as you would think to be and this is where the term value trap comes in. Value trap is a stock that appears to be cheap having low valuation financial metrics such as multiple of earnings, cash flow or book value for an extended time period. Such stocks of course attract many value investors such as myself thinking that the stock is trading at a bargain price. The trap happened when investors purchase the stock at a low price thinking they are getting a bargain but the stock continues to weaken and drop further. Its price appears to be a bargain but in fact the stock is not selling below its intrinsic value. This of course results for the investors that purchase that particular stock to lose money on their investment. I myself experienced value trap when investing in the stock market. It result me losing approximately $40,000 on that stock (Ticker: GME). After going through this horrible mistake, it made me become more experience in investing in the stock market and be more cautious when investing. So how do we spot a stock that is a potential value trap? In this article, I will explain my experience and knowledge to know whether a stock is value trap.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Why Reinvesting Dividends is a Smart Investing Strategy

Becoming a Dividend Growth Investor is not a quick way to get rich. It requires you to have a strict discipline to hold those dividends paying stocks for a long term period. The longer the investment horizon you have, the better the result your portfolio will have in the future. Historically, the total return of the S&P 500 has delivered just over 9% per year. Half of the total return comes from price appreciation while the other half comes from dividends. This proves that dividends are driving force to S&P 500 total return performance. Readers that have been following my blog know the benefit of owning dividend stocks. As a Dividend Growth Investor, you will receive dividend payment that will be paid every quarter for the stocks you own. Whether you are looking for a source of income for now or building your portfolio for the future, owning dividends stocks can be beneficial towards your long term investing. With dividends coming in, you will have the choice to either use the dividends received for your expenses; put a down payment on your property, or you can just store the extra cash in your brokerage account. However, one crucial part of becoming a successful dividend growth investor is to use the dividends received from your portfolio to be reinvested in stocks that pay dividends. This might seem to have very little impact to your portfolio of having the dividends reinvested in the beginning, but over a long period of time, the power of compound interest can multiply your dividend growth portfolio at an exponential growth. Dividend reinvestment is one of the simplest ways to grow your portfolio. When you reinvest your dividends, you get a massive advantage compared to not reinvesting your dividends. Since my goal to financial freedom is still far ahead, I am currently not using the dividends I receive from my portfolio for my daily expenses. In fact, I personally am reinvesting the dividends I receive from my portfolio in order to have better financial result. When my dividend growth portfolio produces significant amount of passive income (dividends) in the future, then I will start using the dividend earnings for my early retirement. In this article, I will explain why reinvesting your dividends is a smart investing strategy for your portfolio.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

The Definition of Circle of Competence in the Investing World

Circle of Competence is a term used by many value investors. Warren Buffet, a successful investor wrote in his 1996 letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders that you don’t have to be an expert on every company, or even many. You are only required to understand few companies that are within your circle of competence. Just investing in companies you understand and feel comfortable with can create great wealth for you in the stock market or any other investment. What I mean by that, it’s better to invest in companies that you have understanding in rather than gambling your way to invest in companies that you don’t understand. This does not only apply in investing in stocks but also other investment such as real estate, and other assets. If you don’t understand how the businesses operate in a company or the investment, it’s better to stay away from it since you might actually lose money when investing in them. Understanding your circle of competence in investing helps you avoid making investing mistakes, it helps identify opportunities that you have understanding and confidence in.  So before you start investing in a stock, it is the best you really understand the companies you are going to invest in. In this article, I’m going to explain what circle of competence mean and how you can apply this term to be a better value investor.

Saturday, August 3, 2019

How to Have Alternative Incomes

If you want to be wealthy, you can’t just depend on your job. Your primary job only gives a fixed income every month for the hours you put into. Sometimes your primary job income barely covers your living cost, which results in you not to have spare cash to be saved or invested. This becomes a problem if you want to achieve financial freedom and early retirement. You can live frugally; however, it’s still going to be challenging to get out of the rat race if you only rely on your job since it is the only source of your income. Moreover, if you get unlucky and get fired by your boss, you will not get any more income. This then can be a problem for you. You will not be able to pay for your living expenses such as your bills, taxes, or even the debt you inquire. You might have to downgrade your living lifestyle by selling things or property you own, such as car, house, or things that may have some resale value. Many of you and I don’t want to be in that situation. It’s terrifying and horrific when you have to end up in that situation. Since we do not want to be in that situation, I did many types of research for me to have alternative incomes coming in. I have learned that wealthy people don’t rely on just one income; they have multiple sources of income. Having multiple sources of income enables you to have different sources of income, filling your pocket. Alternative income can come in the form of rental money from properties, interest and dividends, part-time jobs, side hustles, and businesses. To have alternative income enable you to pay your living expenses or extra money to invest. 

As part of my journey to early retirement and financial freedom, I learned that I couldn’t just depend on my main job. I worked for my dad, who owns a manufacturing company; however, I have been getting the same monthly income since I started working for him in the year of 2013. Also, the salary I received is in Rupiah (Indonesian Currency), and it is considered low compared to people who work in America. Even by having me to live a frugal life is not enough if I want to retire early and live comfortably. Furthermore, I won’t have income coming in if I decided to quit the main job. This is the reason why having alternative income streams is crucial in order for me to have early retirement and financial freedom. With alternative income coming in my pocket, I would be able to pay my bills, to be reinvested again and again until I have enough assets that can sustain my living lifestyle. So what are ways for us to have multiple streams of incomes?

Friday, July 12, 2019

Why Most Lottery Winners Go Broke

Have you ever wish you can win millions of dollars from a lottery purchase. The chances of winning the lottery is so slim that it’s more likely you get strike by the lighting compared to winning lottery jackpot. It’s a no brainer that winning the Lottery is everyone’s’ dream. I myself wish I can win millions of dollars from purchasing a lottery ticket. Winning the mega million dollar lottery can be most ecstatic moment for anyone who chose the right numbers. Winners that have won millions of dollars have so much money that they don’t ever have to work in their life ever again. However if you actually study most lottery winners who had won the jackpot actually went broke in the end. There are studies that lottery winners are more likely to declare bankruptcy within three to five years compared to the average American. An estimate of one third of lottery winners later had to go through bankruptcy. In addition, studies also found that instead of getting people out of financial trouble, winning the lottery instead got them into more trouble. How could it be possible if they have won so much money? In this article, I’ll explain why most lottery winners go broke in the end.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

How Warren Buffett Become Wealthy and Successful

Many value investors out there probably know who Warren E. Buffett is. If you don’t know him yet, let me give a short summary of him. Warren Buffett is an American successful investor, a businessman as well as a benevolent philanthropist. He was born in August 30, 1930, and apparently, he is still alive as this article is written in the year of 2019. He is considered as one of the most successful investors in the world that inspired many people. Many value investors try to understand how he invests and replicate his strategy. I as a dividend growth and value investor am inspired by his success and teachings. Even though I had never met him in real life; however I became really inspired by him for his investment ideology and respect him for his benevolent philanthropist act to the society. As this article was written today (June 30, 2019), Warren E. Buffett has an estimated net worth of $87.5 billion USD making him the third richest person right before Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos. Having him to be one of the richest people in the world is not the reason why I idolized him so much. Warren Buffett is not the typical rich person that spent his money on materialistic things such as fancy cars, a huge mansion, or lavish yachts. He lives just like the typical average American who purchases his breakfast at McDonald every day before going to work. In addition, he still lives at the same modest home he purchased back in 1958 for $31,500 or about $250,000 if adjusted with inflation. Like I said, he is not the typical rich people who want to have lavish things and lifestyle but he is just a humble person that loves to build his business empire that will eventually go back to society. He pledged more than 99% of his wealth will go to philanthropy during his life or at death and he couldn’t be happier with that decision. I’m so amazed by his generosity since he has dedicated his life to building his wealth without much inheritance from his parents. He didn’t come from a wealthy family but an average middle-class family and through hard work and dedication; he has built the fortune he has today. I love building wealth and doing business just like Warren Buffett and believe that wealthy people who are in the 1% wealth list should donate at least 50% of their wealth before or after their death. 

My dad similar to Warren Buffet who started from nothing, and he is considered to be wealthy today; however I don’t see his wealth as my success. I believe in building my own scorecard and fortune just like my dad and Mr. Buffett, and I would not be upset if my parents decide to give away their wealth to charity later on. I mean, after all, I believe that their wealth is theirs and I don’t want them to feel obligated. However, if my dad let my brother and me to inherit his business legacy, I would still continue to expand his wealth. It would be better for me and my brother to grow the wealth since my dad has already built the tree for us which gives a tremendous head start. However, towards the future, if I become really wealthy, I might pledge to give away up to 50% of my wealth to charity after my death. Anyways let’s not get distracted about me being philanthropy; I’m still far from being in the 1% list!  Let’s go back to the topic of Warren Buffett. After understanding the stories of his success and the amount of wealth he accumulated, you readers might wonder how on earth he does it. I myself was curious about how Warren Buffett did it. After doing many bibliography studies and research about him, I learned how Warren Buffett became successful and wealthy therefore I’m here to share his stories with you guys.

Saturday, July 6, 2019

5 Reasons to Become a Dividend Growth Investor

The America stock market has been one of the greatest long-term wealth generators in history. It has a record of compound annual growth rate of 9% since the late 1990s. Even after Great Depression of 1929 and other stock recessions and stock collapses, the U.S. stock market has always performed well for investor in the long run. Many people have different strategies towards their investment. Some like to speculate stock in short term period such as day trading, some prefer to let the experts do their job such as fund managers to manage their money in a form of mutual fund. However, an average person can learn how to invest safely. Dividend growth investing is a good strategy if you want invests on your own. Here are five reasons why you should become a Dividend Growth Investor.

5 Methods to Market Your Rental Property

Being a Real Estate Investor is similar to being a Dividend Growth Investor, but instead of investing in stocks for dividend, a real estate investor hopes to gain rental income (which can be considered as dividend) and also capital appreciation to the property. I know this blog focus in Dividend Stock, however since real estate is related to having asset that produce passive income which has a similarity to dividend stock, so I decide to write an article about this topic. Besides this blog focuses on anything that has wealth management and finance content related. So anyways, let me talk about being a Real Estate Investor. Being a real estate investor can be quite similar as well as different to dividend stock investor. Unlike dividend investor, a real estate investor has tougher time to liquidate his property during the economic downturn. It is tougher when your property is vacant, for there is no more income coming in. It can be a burden to upkeep expenses such as tax, property insurance and maintenance fee without the rental revenue coming in. But that doesn’t mean being a real estate investor is unacceptable. My dad is considered a real estate investor since he invests in lands and properties. He is skeptical with stock investing however the technique he uses to invest in properties is similar to a stock value investor which is acquiring properties that are undervalued. He has done really well when he invested and managed to acquire a portfolio of properties. Just like my dad, my brother is also a property investor. He has a few real estates that he rents out for passive income just like how I receive dividend from my dividend growth stock portfolio. However, being a real estate investor requires some techniques to have the properties always rented out. I learn a few techniques he uses to market his rental properties, and I’m here to share the methods to market your rental property.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

9 Ways to Get Out of Debt Faster

Debt is an amount of money borrowed by an individual from another party. Many people use debt as a method of making large purchases that they could not afford by paying interest on them. Many get into huge debts and getting out of it can be frustrating and confusing experience if you don’t have the right plan. Some people simply try to avoid these issues and ignore the problems they are already in. However, if these debt issues are not dealt with, it will only escalate the problem much further. This can lead destroying your financial dream. With debt, it will be impossible for you to be financially ahead to achieve early retirement. Before you want to build wealth through your investment, you’ll need to tackle those debts you acquire. So what are ways to get out debt faster?

Difference Between Investment and Speculation

There are many people who purchase stocks thinking they are making an investment and not knowing they are actually speculating. They buy certain stocks with just certain assumption that the stock will go up in price without doing a thorough analysis. And yes, some people actually do make capital gain from speculating and sometimes they made a lot of money. That is what we call speculating. The person who made tons of money from speculating on certain securities might just be lucky. However people need to know the difference because Investing and Speculating. Those two are totally different terms. Benjamin Graham who is Warren Buffett’s mentor believed in separating investing from speculation. I strongly agree with that ideology because not knowing the difference can cost you dearly. In this article, I want to talk about the difference between Investing and Speculating, and why I personally dislike speculating and prefer Investing instead.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

How to Make Money Using Dividend Growth Investing Strategy

Before I start explaining about “Dividend Growth Investing”, we need to understand the basic of dividends. A dividend is a distribution of income from a portion of company’s earning (net profit) and it’s paid to its shareholders. Dividends are decided and managed by the company’s board of directors, and they must be approved by the shareholders by voting rights. Dividend Growth Investing is a simple strategy of purchasing stocks that are paying dividends and have been growing their dividends from the past year. A Dividend Growth Investor also can benefit from the capital appreciation from the dividend paying stock. The goal is to look for dividend paying companies that have strong track record of paying dividends. In addition, the companies need to have strong financial fundamental as well as the quality of the company. The strategy to Dividend Growth Investing is to seek for companies that increase their dividend payment overtime. So how do you make money using dividend growth investing strategy?