Category Archives for "Investing"

Are You Smart About Your Emergency Fund?

Are You Smart About Your Emergency Fund?

So you have set up your emergency fund.  Maybe you have even built out your financial buffer.  I have a question for you:Are you maximizing the returns on your emergency fund? If you have a stable job and career, there is no reason not to invest your emergency fund assets in a certificate of deposit (CD) to […]

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Mighty Investor’s Personal Asset Allocation for 2018

My Asset Allocation In 2018

I don’t take a pure cookie cutter approach to asset allocation.  I worked overseas as an American diplomat for years studying the economies of the countries where I lived. Because I analyzed economies full-time, I don’t approach asset allocation exactly as most portfolio managers.  My portfolio is idiosyncratic and reflects my understanding of global demographic, economic, […]

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Personal Capital – The One FREE Portfolio Management Tool You Should Be Using In 2018

Personal Capital Review - Pros And Cons

The Personal Capital DashboardThe Mighty Investor trifecta is to earn money, save as much as possible, and invest wisely. Each of these three factors is crucial to achieving financial independence.  Without Earnings, you are dead in the water.  Without Savings, you never develop the seed capital to start building assets.  And without quality Investments, you can […]

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Why I’m Ditching Lending Club….

Why I'm Leaving Lending Club

I have invested with Lending Club for four years.  My returns have been decent.  About 8 percent in mid-grade quality loans.  (For those unfamiliar with Lending Club, the company serves as a platform allowing investors to make unsecured consumer finance loans to individuals.) However, I have decided to liquidate my accounts — one a regular taxable […]

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Is Facebook Evil?

Is Facebook Evil? Inquiring Minds Want To Know.

“Facebook Is Amazing,” the whole world in 2013. “Facebook Is The Devil,” the whole world in early April 2018. “Facebook Makes Money Hand Over Fist,” the whole world in late April 2018. One of the recurring themes of Mighty Investor is that manias drive markets and groupthink runs riot in the media. The treatment of Facebook by the media […]

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Should You Buy Bitcoin?

Should You Buy Bitcoin? Probably Not.

Should you buy Bitcoin? In early 2014, I was going through the application process to invest $10,000 in Bitcoin through the Mt. Gox exchange.  At the time, Mt. Gox was the largest Bitcoin exchange in the world.   I knew Bitcoin was a new asset (at the time valued below $500) and was considering investing a small […]

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The Ambassador’s Tale of Financial Woe (A True Story)

The Ambassador's Tale of Financial Woe

Ambassador X walked into my office, and she wasn’t smiling.”F$##$k,” I thought.   It’s not normal for an ambassador to come to your office.  You’re supposed to visit her.  “Ambassador, how can I help you?” I asked.She sat down.  Clearly in a sour mood. “F#$%#$,” I thought again.”I want to tell you something,” she said, looking at […]

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