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It Takes $130k to Live the American Dream

We've seen how many Americans find it difficult to make it on much more than this, so I was surprised when USA Today said it takes $130,000 to live the American dream. How did they arrive at this number? Here's the basic premise: "It's not about getting rich and making a lot of money. It's about security," he said. […]

It Takes $130k to Live the American Dream

We've seen how many Americans find it difficult to make it on much more than this, so I was surprised when USA Today said it takes $130,000 to live the American dream. How did they arrive at this number? Here's the basic premise: "It's not about getting rich and making a lot of money. It's about security," he said. […]

Podcasts that Provide Great Value

On my post titled Almost Infinite Investment Return, I had one reader ask me what podcasts I listened to (thinking that something we get for free could certainly have an infinite return). I responded there, but also thought it would be fun to post these for all to see and we could each share the podcasts we like. Here are my top podcasts: This is Your Life -- Great for both career and life. […]

Podcasts that Provide Great Value

On my post titled Almost Infinite Investment Return, I had one reader ask me what podcasts I listened to (thinking that something we get for free could certainly have an infinite return). I responded there, but also thought it would be fun to post these for all to see and we could each share the podcasts we like. Here are my top podcasts: This is Your Life -- Great for both career and life. […]

Average and Median Net Worths

Here's an interesting article from CNN Money. It has a bit of "down with the rich" tone that I dislike (they say the U.S. […]

Average and Median Net Worths

Here's an interesting article from CNN Money. It has a bit of "down with the rich" tone that I dislike (they say the U.S. […]

Real Estate "Profits" and How I Stack Up

Here's an article from CNN Money that hits a few buttons for me. First, it's about real estate investing. Second, it lists the "best" markets to become a landlord. I thought I'd compare my results with the best. Third, it highlights (again) how little the mainstream media understands financial terms, what they mean, how to use them, and so forth. Let's begin with the financial terms. […]

Real Estate "Profits" and How I Stack Up

Here's an article from CNN Money that hits a few buttons for me. First, it's about real estate investing. Second, it lists the "best" markets to become a landlord. I thought I'd compare my results with the best. Third, it highlights (again) how little the mainstream media understands financial terms, what they mean, how to use them, and so forth. Let's begin with the financial terms. […]

Why People Have Money Problems

I recently received a GREAT email from an FMF reader that went as follows: For once a straight shooting article from the mainstream financial press. It basically says people have money problems because: They spend too much on housing They spend too much on cars They spend too much on college There are other factors, of course, but I agree these are the big ones. […]

When It's Wise to Delay Taking Social Security

We've discussed back and forth through the years about whether or not it's wise to delay Social Security payments (or, said another way, not take them early). Ultimately, it most depends on how long you'll live -- a question that no one knows the answer to. […]