If you're in the right mood, there's something a little bit depressing about the subject of investing: how boring it is. An easy way to think about this is that if you make the maximum contribution to a 401(k) and IRA every year, for 20 years, at the end of that 20 years, you'll be rich. How rich you'll be depends on a lot of factors, but the fact you'll be rich doesn't depend … [Read more...] about Differences between non-retirement investment options
I write a lot about entrepreneurship. This is not because I think everyone should be an entrepreneur. For one thing, not everyone wants to be an entrepreneur, and part of having an economy that works for everyone means making room for folks who just want to show up at work and do their job. The problem with our current system of social and economic organization is that we've … [Read more...] about What a culture of entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship would look like
Something that I find separates me from the classical financial independence/early retirement community is the particular obsession of that community with achieving financial independence in order to retire early from work. In the framing I see regularly repeated, you're supposed to study for the most lucrative degree possible, then get the most lucrative job available, then … [Read more...] about How much is your obsession with tax efficiency costing you?
Running a small business is as fun and easy as you'd expect, and more people should do it. I'm an unabashed promoter of self-employment, not because it will make you rich quickly (getting rich quick is the wrong goal on the wrong time frame), but because it will make you self-employed. That's my unfortunate literal tendency which I can never seem to keep suppressed for … [Read more...] about 6 things I wish I knew before starting a business
It's no secret that I'm a cheerleader for self-employment and entrepreneurship. I now run two blogs, this one here on the Saverocity network and another at freequentflyerbook.com. I've never asked anyone permission to start a business, I don't have a "business license," I just run a business like a goddamn American. That's the spirit I'm trying to promote here: if you aren't … [Read more...] about This should be a golden age of entrepreneurship; why isn’t it?