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The Irrelevant Investor
1/18/2017

Buffett has been rich forever, but 95% of his net worth was earned after his 60th birth­day.

Read this arti­cle to under­stand the pow­er of com­pound­ing and why even long term thinkers can’t com­pre­hend how things will play out over the long arc of time.

Compounding plays an impor­tant fac­tor in the Elephant’s Paycheck Blueprint because we rein­vest div­i­dends and count on annu­al div­i­dend increas­es (which com­pound on each oth­er year-after-year). We’re com­pound­ing that div­i­dend return because we get div­i­dends from our div­i­dends, and over time, it real­ly adds up. Even after a “short time” like five years, you’ll see real­ly inter­est­ing num­bers if you look at com­pound div­i­dend growth from rein­vest­ing and annu­al div­i­dend increas­es.

It’s anec­do­tal, but after about 4 1/2 years the pay­check from the total­ly ran­dom sam­ple port­fo­lio I put togeth­er increased 75%, and has a pro­ject­ed raise of over 10% for the next year (con­ser­v­a­tive­ly). The anec­dote I like to tell… you prob­a­bly aren’t get­ting 10% a year (year after year) at your job. But your port­fo­lio can.

Part of the rea­son it’s hard to under­stand is that, as I write about it, I have to shift between absolute num­bers (a 10¢ increase) and rel­a­tive num­bers (a 10% increase) as I’m describ­ing dif­fer­ent aspects of what to expect. I don’t think peo­ple under­stand per­cent­ages very well. If I told you you had a $1 a year income from invest­ing, you’d roll your eyes. But, it’s impor­tant. If you had only invest­ed $50, that’s 20% — a fan­tas­tic income per­cent­age.

At a time when peo­ple want quick answers to things, but don’t want to stop and think about what they mean, it’s hard to get read­ers to spend the time to think about what this all means, and why it’s impor­tant. I had some­one inter­rupt me the oth­er day and say:

wow, you’re a real­ly long term thinker.

Yeah. And I hope some of that will rub off on you guys.

A fair question

Charlie Munger is famous in the invest­ing world. He’s a plain-spo­ken mas­ter of what should be the obvi­ous, typ­i­fied by the fol­low­ing respon­se to a request for invest­ment advice: Seems sim­ple. In fact it is, and it’s pow­er­ful advice. There’s real­ly no secret to get­ting start­ed invest­ing when tak­ing this advice. Which begs the ques­tion… […]

“Stocks, Reinvesting & Diversifying w/Marco Schwartz”

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Mastermind.fm
11/8/16

I’m enjoy­ing mastermind.fm and have recent­ly sub­scribed to fol­low their pod­cast.

This episode is chock-full of moti­va­tion! A great dis­cus­sion on buy­ing com­pa­nies who increase their div­i­dend pay­ments, as well as oth­er ways to invest for pas­sive income like peer-to-peer lend­ing and affil­i­ate mar­ket­ing.

Their dis­cus­sion about why to invest and how to get start­ed with div­i­dend invest­ing is in align­ment with the Elephant’s Paycheck Blueprint. I was pret­ty sur­prised to hear the inter­view­er talk about how hes­i­tant he was to get start­ed, and how lit­tle he knew. Marco real­ly helps the lis­ten­er under­stand the impor­tance of build­ing a dis­ci­pline of invest­ing just the same way one builds their own free­lance busi­ness.

How to buy a stock

Especially if you just have a little money to get started

I think the sim­ple step of how to buy a stock can be a bit over­whelm­ing if you’ve nev­er done it before. New com­pa­nies are try­ing to make it eas­ier to get start­ed using tech­nol­o­gy to make the pur­chase more approach­able. Stockpile is sim­ply one of the best way to get start­ed build­ing wealth because you can buy shares […]

Fees? What Fees?!

It’s incred­i­ble how unin­formed peo­ple are about their own finances. This arti­cle on the cost of British mutu­al funds is a lit­tle scary: The under­ly­ing prob­lem, at least when it comes to retail clients, is that fund man­agers do not com­pete on price at all. Part of this is due to many investors’ igno­rance. Remarkably, more than […]

Too much choice

Bob Moesta is a guy I fol­low because he real­ly under­stands con­sumers and how they make deci­sions about the prod­ucts they use (or don’t). 1/2 Too much choice dri­ves non-con­sump­tion. Anxiety of being wrong or too much to learn to make a deci­sion. — Bob Moesta (@bmoesta) October 20, 2016 As I was doing research for […]

Building wealth and life experience

From my own expe­ri­ence, earn­ing mon­ey is only part of the bat­tle. Not spend­ing what you earn, and turn­ing it into sus­tain­able wealth is the oth­er part. Possibly the hard­er part. In my book, I talk about my own jour­ney. Having earned a lot before I was 30, I had to learn “what next?”. Without being dri­ven by […]

3 Investing truths (that are ridiculously untrue)

I saw the fol­low­ing tweet and relat­ed to James’ sen­ti­ment: “It pays a good div­i­dend” might be the most com­mon, and least informed argu­ment for keep­ing any indi­vid­u­al stock. — James Osborne, CFP® (@BasonAsset) September 26, 2016 I love div­i­dends, but “pay­ing a good one” is an awful argu­ment for buy­ing or keep­ing an invest­ment. Other con­tenders […]

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