Time Yet For Gold?

We watched the movie “The Italian Job” a few nights ago. It’s the heist movie where Mark Wahlberg, Charlize Theron, and company steal and re-steal $35 million in gold bars.  It got me thinking about the trend in gold prices since I last wrote this article almost 18 months ago: LINK – Gold: An Investment…

Mid-Term Elections – Plan For More Inflation?

The economy is performing about as well as one could hope at this point in time, but you wouldn’t know it to watch political ads on TV.  Despite quarterly GDP growth reaching 4%, the S&P 500 up +30% over the last two years, the unemployment rate at 3.9%, and consumer confidence approaching all-time highs –…

Autumn On-Campus – Lifelong Learning Classes

Autumn is in the air and for the third straight year, that finds me back on campus. One of the most interesting things I’ve been able to do in Early Retirement is take university classes on a variety of subjects. Two years ago, when my own son was just starting college himself, I took advantage…

Achieve The American Dream In Just Three Simple Steps?

Perhaps because it is a midterm election year, the media is filled with stories about the “Death of the American Dream”.  This is a popular political narrative that both major parties love to play on – and play against each other.  Vilifying the other party for “ruining America” has long grown tiresome to me, but…

Not Much ‘Price is Right’ in Early Retirement

Earlier this week I turned on the TV as I was making myself breakfast. The game show, “The Price Is Right” was on and kicking off their 47th season and an Emmy win with a special episode. Everyone was dressed in formal wear and one contestant won $100,000! I loved this show when I was…

Biggest Financial Regrets – Have Any?

Someone recently started a thread on Reddit asking “What is your biggest financial mistake/regret?” I posted a couple articles on our biggest mistakes in the past and so I perused the Reddit thread to see if our misery had some company. Here were the responses – in order of how often people mentioned them: Spent…

Cost of a Speeding Ticket – Worth It?

I received what I call an ‘excessive velocity tax’  – more commonly known as a speeding ticket – a couple of weeks ago on a charity road rally to Chicago and back.  I wasn’t really ripping down the road when I was pulled over (above picture).  In fact, both my navigator and I felt that…