What Is Inflation And Why Should You Care?

When I wrote a recent article about emotional investing and optimal investing strategies, I did not take inflation into account, as I was following the methodology of the Seeking Alpha article called The Shocking Returns Of The Investor Who Only Bought At Market Tops. However, the more I thought about the setup, the more unrealistic … Continue reading What Is Inflation And Why Should You Care?

How Much Does It Cost To Raise A 1-Year-Old?

When you're thinking about having children, a common question is how much it will cost to raise a child. Now that my son is almost 2, I can share how much we have spent on him this last year. Hopefully this will provide some guidance for anyone curious about the extra expenses of raising a … Continue reading How Much Does It Cost To Raise A 1-Year-Old?

Why Emotions And Investing Don’t Mix

Investing your money is a great way to grow your nest egg, but it can be challenging for beginners. Investing is inherently risky. If you invest poorly or are unlucky, you could end up losing your money. However, if you are disciplined and invest for the long term, you are likely to generate a substantial … Continue reading Why Emotions And Investing Don’t Mix

Will Home Prices Decrease When Mortgage Rates Increase?

As we are currently experiencing rock-bottom mortgage rates under 3% for a 30-year fixed mortgage, it's only natural to wonder what will happen to home prices when interest rates finally increase again. This is particularly important for first-time homebuyers who are planning to buy a house in the near future but still have to wait … Continue reading Will Home Prices Decrease When Mortgage Rates Increase?

How To Prepare For A Market Downturn

With the stock market at record highs, a pandemic ravaging our country, and a violent mob attempting to overthrow the government, it's only a matter of time before the stock market takes a dive. Although it's unpleasant to see your investments lose value, this is not something to fear. The market goes up and down … Continue reading How To Prepare For A Market Downturn

What Is It Like To Be A First-Time Homebuyer In The U.S.?

As a young married couple with a small child, my wife and I have talked a lot recently about when would be the right time for us to buy a house. We like the idea of building home equity rather than renting, especially at today's low mortgage rates, and we believe that owning a house … Continue reading What Is It Like To Be A First-Time Homebuyer In The U.S.?

What Is The Average Change In Net Worth Per Year?

Everyone wants their net worth to grow, but it's nice to have a benchmark to compare your growth to in order to see how you are doing. Unfortunately, it's not easy to find the average annual change in net worth. It is possible to find annual net growth targets, as in this Financial Samurai article, … Continue reading What Is The Average Change In Net Worth Per Year?

What Does It Mean To Be Financially Comfortable?

Every year since 2017 (and twice in 2020), Charles Schwab's Modern Wealth Index Survey has asked 1,000 Americans about what net worth they would need to be financially comfortable and what net worth they would need to be wealthy. You can see how their answers have changed over time in the graph below. https://anchor.fm/cozy-nest-egg/episodes/What-Does-It-Mean-To-Be-Financially-Comfortable-e11rt98 The … Continue reading What Does It Mean To Be Financially Comfortable?

Infographic: Relationship Between Net Worth and Income

Common sense would tell us that net worth increases as income increases. However, it's not as simple as that, as you can see in the infographic I created using data from the 2019 Survey of Consumer Finances. https://anchor.fm/cozy-nest-egg/episodes/Net-Worth-And-Income-e120qmq Net worth increases exponentially relative to income The first observation we can make based on the infographic … Continue reading Infographic: Relationship Between Net Worth and Income