Another Evaluation of an Indexed Universal Life Insurance Policy

Several months ago, I provided an evaluation of an indexed universal life insurance (IUL) policy. In the comments, I said that if any insurance agent could come up with a policy that met the standard of beating term + invest the rest when aftcast using the guaranteed levels provided in the policy, I’d change my […]

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Personal Finance is Not About What You Can’t Have

“Denial isn’t just a river in Egypt.” –Stuart Smalley There was once a time when I pretty much turned a blind eye to what was happening with my personal finances. Well, I didn’t turn a blind eye. I at least paid the minimum payment on my credit card and invested money in my IRAs, but […]

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Are You Prepared to Deal With the Human Side to Real Estate Investing?

“Tragedy is a tool for the living to gain wisdom, not a guide by which to live.” –Robert F. Kennedy I’m a big fan of real estate investing, particularly if one of your financial goals is to achieve PIRE. We own several properties ourselves and continue to accumulate rental properties. Given that I have zero […]

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Does Your Financial Planner Really Need to be Local?

“They usually have two tellers in my local bank, except when it’s very busy, when they have one.” –Rita Rudner I recently attended a seminar about the state of the Fort Worth and Dallas housing market, put on by the real estate editor of the Dallas Morning News. He was talking about how demographic trends […]

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How Much Would You Have to Budget to Go to the World Cup in 2018?

“We’ve prepared the best we can. We’re ready for it. It’s not about talking. It’s about getting out there and showing by our actions.” –Clint Dempsey I’ve been a soccer fan all of my life. My wife and I went to the World Cup in 2010. We didn’t go in 2014; instead, I spent nearly […]

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Beware the Storytellers

“The most dangerous people are those who have been taught some financial literacy.” –Tyler Cowen “You can’t learn how to become a doctor by watching Grey’s Anatomy.” –Charles Barkley Whenever I meet new people, I invariably tell stories. Whether it’s stories about messing with 419 scammers or funny things that happened when I was deployed […]

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