Second Longest Bull Market In History

The stock market has been on an amazing 8.5 year upward trend that is called the second-longest Bull Market run in Wall Street history.  Starting after the precipitous drop in 2008 and bottoming out in March of 2009, the current Bull Market run has posted average annual returns of +13% and total growth of almost…

Cryptocurrency Update – Still Growing

A few months ago I wrote about cryptocurrencies – like Bitcoin – and shared my son’s experience with it. You’ll perhaps recall he turned $65 into almost $700 in the first five months of the year. That was enough for him to buy an Apple iPad as he headed back to college and bank a…

Black Monday Anniversary

Friday was the 30th Anniversary of the Wall Street’s Black Monday Crash on October 19, 1987. I remember sitting in college that afternoon and my friend telling me he heard on the radio that the Dow Jones had dropped over 500 points that day (508, to be exact). I was incredulous that the market could…

“Every Day This Man Takes A Vacation”

After two posts this month assessing the tremendous cost of cars, their depreciating value, and ongoing repairs, I thought I would give partial time to acknowledging the incredible fun of cars.  After all, while the financials are negative, they do provide many, many intangible benefits that help make life a joy.   Similar to cabin/cottage…

Lifestyle Change By The Numbers

One of the things I enjoyed about working was coming in every morning and looking at the sales & volume numbers of the businesses I worked on.  Each day, we would get a Daily Volume Report that showed how many cases of cookies, canned soup, frozen pizzas, or yogurt cups had been ordered by our…